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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Annual Report 2000-2001

Output H Provision of Public Information

Provision of public information on the development, management and regulation of WMD non-proliferation treaties, and Australias role in these activities.

Milestone H1

Management of an effective program to inform and educate the public on nuclear safeguards and CWC issues, and promotion of an understanding of the CTBT and its verification arrangements.

Activities

As in the past, this years ASNO Annual Report contains a considerable number of background articles and information on nuclear, CWC and CTBT issues. These articles and information have been read and used by many parts of the community and formed the basis of public briefings.

Messrs Carlson and Leask have provided the media with background briefings on a number of topics.

Basic details of permitsissued, revoked and varied under the Safeguards Act were published in the Commonwealth Government Gazette.

ASNOs web site was modified to bring it in line with the Departmental standard and material was updated. All ASNO publications were listed and a start made at linking them to the web site.

CWC Related Activities

ASNO ensured that facility operators, which might be affected by the Convention, were informed of their obligations. This involved the publication and distribution of updated industry brochures, together with an active program of on-site consultations.

Forms for licence applications and annual declarations were made available on the web site.

In the April 2001 edition of the Chemistry in Australia Journal, Dr Shaw wrote an article on Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

After the CWC Regional Workshop, Melbourne in May 2001, ASNO held an industry symposium which, building on the Workshop itself, sought to educate and link Australian industry and academia.

Arising from this outreach, ASNO has had several invitations to make presentations to university courses, primarily those involving chemistry, law and international studies.

General Activities

Aimed at both multi-skilling its staff and offering an educational service to Government agencies, ASNO extended its series of technical seminars covering technologies, threats and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These seminars attracted a significant involvement from officials working on WMD non-proliferation from several agencies (see page 62).

Performance Assessment

ASNO has used a wide range of material to inform the public and officials about current nuclear issues.

ASNOs technical seminar series has proved effective in enhancing knowledge of WMD issues and stimulating debate among officials within Government agencies.

Industry has expressed appreciation for efforts to keep them informed about changes under the CWC and domestic legislation. An evaluation of ASNOs relationship with industry shows that dissemination of information has fostered an acceptance and broader understanding of the CWC and its verification mechanisms.

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