NT Defence and National Security Advocate

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Margaret Staib AM, CSC

The Northern Territory (NT) Government supports the activities of the NT Defence and National Security Advocate Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Margaret Staib AM CSC to promote our capabilities and capacity.

The NT has a critical role in Australia’s national security, including: energy, resources, maritime, biosecurity, economic and trade, immigration, military and border security. Darwin is also the regional hub for Australia’s international engagement and trade.

The NT defence economy is considered to cover the impacts of the Australian Defence Force operational and training activities, manufacturing, supply and support for those activities and the broader economic effect of Defence personnel and their families living and visiting the NT. Other aspects of Australia’s national security have similarly important, albeit lesser, impact on the NT economy.

In recognition of the NT’s strategic role, the 2016 Defence white paper and the associated Integrated Investment Program and Defence industry policy statement set out a bold defence agenda with significant opportunity for the NT. The estimated $20 billion of capital expenditure over 20 years in the NT, with combined Australian and United States spend of $8 billion in the first decade, represents a significant opportunity for north Australia. Defence’s recognition of the need for a close collaboration between Defence and industry will drive opportunities to include the local defence industries capacity and capability.

To ensure that the NT is at the forefront of northern Australia’s contribution to a more prosperous and secure Australia, the NT Government will have a consistent presence in Canberra, the NT Defence and National Security Advocate. The NT advocate assists the NT in gaining the attention of influence with the Australian Government, the Department of Defence and defence support industries, the Australian Government national security and foreign military forces.

Last updated: 04 September 2019

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