1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Defence

INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS

In absolute terms, Australia was the 13th largest defence spender globally in the financial year 2010–11.

As a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP), in the financial year 2010–11 Australia spent 2.1% of GDP on defence, less than key partners such as the United Kingdom (2.7%) and the United States of America (5.3%) but more than regional countries such as Malaysia (1.6%), Indonesia (0.8%) and New Zealand (1.7%).

 

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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.