This chapter was contributed by the Australian Government Department of Defence (August 2007).
Defence is an Australian Government organisation and consists of the Australian Defence Force and the Department of Defence. It is one of the largest organisations in Australia and its mission is to defend Australia and its national interests.
This chapter provides an overview of the roles and activities of Defence. In particular, it focuses on the strategic environment, current operations and capability. The chapter also shows trends in Defence spending, and looks at the composition of the workforce.
The information contained in this chapter was the most recent available at the time of preparation. Where available, further and more up-to-date information can be found on the Defence website, <http://www.defence.gov.au> or from the references listed in the bibliography at the end of this chapter.