Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled paper 295
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Tabled by David Tollner
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Department of the Treasury and Finance
Defence 187 Northern Territory Economy Defence Major Australian Defence Force (ADF) sites in the Northern Territory include Larrakeyah Barracks, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) BaseDarwin and RobertsonBarracks near Darwin, RAAFBaseTindal near Katherine and the Bradshaw Field Training Area near TimberCreek. In 2011-12, there were 6661 defence personnel in the Territory, a decline of 2.4percent compared with 2010-11. This reflects a decline in army personnel, partially offset by an increase in the number of navy and reserve personnel. Of the permanent ADF personnel nationally, 9.5percent are based in the Territory and over 5per cent of national ADF expenditure occurs in the Territory. Inflation-adjusted defence expenditure in the Territory was $1.58billion in 2011-12, equivalent to 7.1per cent of the Territorys state final demand (SFD). In 2012-13, Defence expects to spend $39.2million on major capital projects in the Territory such as the final stage of the RobertsonBarracks Redevelopment and the RobertsonBarracks Electrical Reticulation System Upgrade. In April 2012, the first rotation of 200 United States Marine Corps (USMC) personnel arrived in Darwin. A second rotation of 250 USMC personnel arrived in Darwin in April 2013 with the number of USMC deployed increasing to around 2500 over the next fiveyears. The next increase in USMC deployment is expected to be 1100marines in 2014. The development of the suburb of Muirhead and retention of 330dwellings in the development by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is not anticipated to increase its overall housing stock as the new houses are intended to replace existing aged stock. 2010-11 2011-12 Change Defence personnel 6823 6661 - 2.4% DHA housing stock 2 448 2 438 - 0.4% Defence expenditure as a proportion of SFD 8.3% 7.1% - 1.2% Source: Department of Defence; Defence Housing Australia; ABS Cat. No. 5206.0 and unpublished data Background The Australian Defence Force (ADF) makes a significant contribution to the security of Australia, as well as its air and sea approaches, particularly in the northern region of the country. The Territorys strategic geographic location, proximity to SouthEastAsia and Australias offshore resources, have resulted in significant investment by the ADF in infrastructure and the positioning of personnel in the Territory to defend Australias northern regions. Chapter 15 Key points