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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by David Tollner


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Defence 197 Northern Territory Economy Exercise KAKADU 12 is a large multilateral maritime warfare exercise, conducted off the coast of Darwin, designed to improve mutual understanding of coalition naval operations. Ships and aircraft from regional partners such as Indonesia, Japan and New Zealand took part. The exercise was conducted from 29 August until 14September2012; Exercise TRITON FURY 12 is conducted in conjunction with Kakadu12 and is a collective training activity designed to exercise mariner skills and warfare disciplines with a particular focus on anti-submarine warfare; and Exercise CASSOWARY is a bilateral patrol boat exercise conducted in the waters between Indonesia and Darwin, led in alternate years by Australia and Indonesia. The Territory community and economy benefit from other defence-related activities such as assistance with severe weather events, private expenditure by defence personnel and the Territory Governments involvement in defence-related activities. Darwin is strategically important for supporting ADF maritime operations to protect Australias borders and maritime security interests. A number of Navy and foreign naval ships visit the Territory for replenishment and crew rest, either associated with regular operations and exercises or disaster relief missions in the region. These visits provide a significant economic contribution to Darwin, largely associated with logistic resupply and expenditure by sailors on shore leave. Last year 81 different naval ships visited the Port of Darwin for a total of 201ship visit days, compared with 32 navy ships and 184 ship visit days in 2011. The ships remained in port for an average of two and a half days, with crew sizes ranging between 50 and 420 personnel. The defence presence in the Territory provides significant opportunities for local industry. In 2003, the Territory Government established the DefenceSupport Division (DSD) to help facilitate the growth of Territory industry capability to capture defence-related opportunities. The DSD has taken on the additional role of defence community liaison to help support defence organisations such as the Defence Community Organisation, DHA and Defence Families Australia. The Defence Support Hub is a 53hectare industrial park developed by the Territory Government in a strategic location near RobertsonBarracks. The Territory Governments intention is to provide a centralised location for defence support industries to develop and supply personnel and equipment support services (such as equipment maintenance). Defence Outlook In 2013-14, the Territory is to host 16 major defence exercises: Exercise ELANG AUSINDO 13 is a biennial, bilateral fighter exercise conducted between the Indonesian Air Force and the Australian Air Force in the Darwin region to be conducted in October 2013; Exercise RAJIAWALI AUSINDO 13 is a biennial bilateral exercise aimed at enhancing relations between Australia and Indonesia and developing an Other DefenceRelated Activities Navy Ships Defence Support Division Defence Support Hub