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Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative

Background

Singapore is Australia’s fifth-largest trading partner and one of our longest standing Defence partners in the South East Asia region.

Singapore is an important partner for Australia and shares our interest in a peaceful, inclusive and resilient region.

Australia and Singapore signed a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) in June 2015.

Australia and Singapore signed a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) in June 2015. The CSP outlines a long-term vision to deepen collaboration between the two countries. The ASMTI is a key element of the CSP and provides a unique opportunity to develop and enhance advanced military training areas in Central and North Queensland and further strengthen Australia and Singapore’s Defence partnership.

Treaty on Military Training and Training Area Development

On 10 December 2020, the Australian Government and the Government of the Republic of Singapore ratified the Treaty concerning Military Training and Training Area Development in Australia.

The Treaty builds on more than 30 years of Singapore’s military training in Australia and underpins Singapore’s investment in, and commitment to, delivering the ASMTI.

The Treaty replaces the previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Australia and Singapore, which was signed in 2016. The MoU delivered a framework to increase the Singapore Armed Forces’ unilateral training in Australia and set the conditions for upgrading Defence training areas in Central and North Queensland.

Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan

Defence Strategic Update 2020. Force Structure Plan 2020.

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update reinforces Defence’s priorities of engagement in the Indo-Pacific, including in Southeast Asia, with Singapore as a high priority.

The ASMTI is delivering advanced training areas for use by the Australian Defence Force and Singapore Armed Forces, supporting multi-domain training, as outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan.

ASMTI Objectives

The 2016 Defence White Paper identified military training areas as a key enabler for generating and sustaining Defence capability. This is consistent with the 2015 White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which outlined the Government’s commitment to strengthening Defence’s presence in Northern Australia.

Equipping personnel with the skills, knowledge and training they need to meet the challenges of the future is a priority for the Australian Defence Force.

The ASMTI’s five key objectives are:

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative’s objectives are to deliver ADF requirements, strengthen partnerships with Singapore, enhance and develop training areas, engage local communities and develop local industry

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