On 20 October 2022, the Australian Government established a Strategic Fleet Taskforce to advise Government on the creation of a Maritime Strategic Fleet that will strengthen our economic sovereignty and support improved national security outcomes. The fleet will comprise vessels that are Australian flagged and Australian crewed.
The Taskforce submitted its final report to Government on 30 June 2023, in accordance with the Terms of Reference.
The Taskforce was supported in their work by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, who provided the secretariat for the Taskforce.
In late 2022, the Taskforce ran a formal consultation process with a broad range of stakeholders to help inform the development of high-level strategic objectives for the fleet. Details of this consultation process are available on the consultation page Have Your Say.
In early 2023, the Taskforce extended an open invitation for stakeholders to provide proposals, options and ideas for the establishment of the strategic fleet, and how it may be best operationalised.
On behalf of the Strategic Fleet Taskforce, we wish to thank all the organisations and individuals who participated in these consultation processes. All of the stakeholder advice helped to inform the Taskforce’s final advice to the Government on how best to deliver its commitment to establish and support a strategic maritime fleet.