A Stronger Defence Force

A Stronger Defence Force

To protect Australia’s future security and interests, we are undertaking the biggest rebuild of the Australian Defence Force since World War Two.

Our fully-costed plan will invest over $200 billion in Australia’s defence capability over the next 10 years.

By 2020-21, we will have restored Defence investment to 2% of GDP. This reverses the decline under Labor, when Defence funding was gutted by $18 billion and fell to 1.56% of GDP – the lowest level since 1938.

To build our defence capability, we are maximising the involvement of Australia’s industry.


The greatest regeneration in the Navy’s history will see the construction of 54 new vessels. (By contrast, Labor commissioned none.)

This includes doubling our submarine fleet to 12, nine Hunter class frigates and 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels to ensure our borders remain secure.

All 54 vessels will be built in Australia, using Australian workers and steel – creating thousands of jobs for decades to come.

More than 500 Australian businesses have already pre-qualified to be part of the Hunter class supply chain.


The Australian Army is getting new weapons, including rifles, pistols, grenade launchers and mortars, as well as new body armour and night-fighting equipment.

New combat reconnaissance, infantry fighting and light protected vehicles will be introduced into service.

Upgrades to the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank will ensure our forces have the protection, mobility and firepower they need.


The Air Force will get unprecedented capability to combat future threats through the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The first aircraft arrived in December 2018.

More than 50 Australian companies have shared in more than $1 billion in contracts in the global Joint Strike Fighter program.


We are ensuring our more than 280,000 veterans and their families are respected and supported.

Measures include: fairer indexation of defence force pensions; free mental healthcare for all veterans; our Veterans’ Employment program; and a new Australian veterans’ card and lapel pin.

Information current as at April 2019