Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship (2011)

14/09/2011 Deployments and Diplomacy, Publication

The Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship was commissioned by Ministers to strengthen bilateral cooperation and priority setting. 

Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship (2011)
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14 Sep 2011

The report outlines proposals to improve engagement, supported by a new schedule of regular high level meetings (Ministers and senior Defence staff), as well as regular forums with key academics and other commentators. Other initiatives included a programme to develop young leaders, short term staff exchanges, and more cooperation to maximise cost savings (such as shared training).

Terms of Reference


To determine how to strengthen strategic cooperation and priority setting for ANZAC engagement.


The report should set out the current arrangements for cooperation between the two Defence establishments, and assess how they should be strengthened, including, but not limited to: strategic cooperation, capability requirements, and the possibility of collaboration with other international forums.


The development of the report should include consultation within the Ministry/Department and New Zealand/Australian Defence Forces, and more widely as appropriate.


A joint draft of the review should be produced by 30 June 2011, with a final report due by 31 July 2011.