The Australian Government is investing A$ 1.6 billion to ensure the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can continue to deliver a potent air combat capability from the Northern Territory. The Government had approved a further A$ 1.1 billion program of works at the RAAF Base Tindal, on top of the $495 million already invested in New Air Combat Capability infrastructure. This investment is all about keeping Australians safe and putting Australians in jobs. Over 300 jobs will be created in the construction phase alone. The investment is part of the $8 billion we are spending over the coming decade on Defence facilities in the Top End, as part of the Defence White Paper and under our Developing Northern Australia initiatives.
Under the redevelopment projects, A$ 737 million will go towards upgrading the airfield including extending the runway, building a new air movements terminal, parking apron and extra fuel storage facilities. An additional A$437 million will provide critical base infrastructure upgrades, particularly engineering services on the base including power, water and sewage, as well as 108 new live-in units for Australian Defence Force personnel. The 2016 Defence White Paper identified Northern Australia as strategically important, both for national defence and as a forward base for regional engagement. The Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Industry will open the recently completed $495 million New Air Combat Capability facility. The completion of this facility will support the arrival of Australia’s cutting-edge F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at RAAF Base Tindal in the years ahead.