Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – additional Australian Government support

This measure funds Australian Defence Force (ADF) security services to support the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It allows the Department of Defence to fulfil its commitments in providing security support through Operation Atlas for the Games to be held in April 2018, and the domestic leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay, starting in December 2017 and finishing in April 2018. Funding also covers the cost of deploying ADF Reserves. The Department of Health is the overall lead Commonwealth agency for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Page last updated: 09 May 2017

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Why is this important?

Defence’s security support to the Games is a critical component of the security framework required to deliver a safe and secure environment.

The Defence workforce consists of both permanent ADF and reserves. Reserves will be used for security. They are a cost-effective option for lower level operations. In addition, the use of Reserves improves their skills, which in turn improves retention and recruitment. Local Reserves also have a knowledge of, and relationship with, the local community. Army will also use local Reservists for low-end search and security duties to allow it to focus on high-end security requirements during the Games.

Who will benefit?

This measure will support relevant Australian Government agencies, the Queensland Government and other state and territory governments, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, and other major sporting events organising committees.

How much will this cost?

This measure will cost $34.2 million from 2017–18 to 2018–19.

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