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.

A re-elected Morrison Government will further enhance our cyber resilience and workforce – particularly across the ADF, the Australian Signals Directorate and the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and strengthen our cyber security resilience.

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

A stronger Navy

The Morrison Government is keeping Australians safe with our $90 billion plan to build 57 new vessels – the largest regeneration of the Navy since the Second World War.

All 57 vessels will be built in Australia, using Australian workers and Australian steel – creating thousands of jobs for decades to come.

The Morrison Government has committed to building world-class new naval shipyards to construct the vessels and has established the Naval Shipbuilding College to ensure we have the right workers at the right time.

By contrast, Labor did not commission a single vessel.

A re-elected Morrison Government will also continue the Attack class submarine project, which Labor say they are putting on ‘pause’ – delaying and creating uncertainty for our Navy and our defence industry.

A stronger Army

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.

A stronger Air Force

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.

Supporting our veterans

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

Measures include: fairer indexation for military superannuants; free mental health care for all veterans; expanding our Veterans’ Employment Program; and a new Australian Veterans’ Card and Lapel Pin.

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $30 million in a network of six new Veterans’ Wellbeing Centres that will bring together the key services for our veterans and their families.

We will convert the records of Australia’s Second World War servicemen and women into digital files and make them available online for all Australians as part of a new program focused on recognising the service of our veterans.

We will expand the Saluting Their Service grants program by delivering an extra $10 million for local communities to honour the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

We will also support our ADF personnel by allowing them the choice to contribute to their ADF Super even after they have transitioned to a new employer.