Australia’s Defence White Paper 2013: Seeking a Fine Balance

Rahul Mishra was Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • November 2013

    On 3 May 2013, Australia’s former Prime Minister Julia Gillard released the Defence White Paper (DWP) 2013, making it the sixth White Paper on defence in the history of Australia, and the third since 2000. The last Defence White Paper, entitled Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030, was released in 2009 when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was serving his first term.

    Seemingly, the DWP 2013 is Australia’s roadmap on matters of national security, defence and security policy and priorities. Highlighting the significance of DWPs for Australia, the Department of Defence of Australia notes:

    The Defence White Papers are the government’s principal policy direction to the Department of Defence. They present long-term strategic direction, government commitments, and future capability requirements. Within the Department, the White Papers inform the development of more detailed planning, capability, workforce, preparedness, and financial guidance.