The department coordinates and leads Australia’s participation in AUSMIN—Australia’s principal annual forum for bilateral consultations with the United States. AUSMIN supports and deepens Australia’s engagement with the United States, and promotes a stable and prosperous regional and global environment.
At AUSMIN 2015, held in Boston in October, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defence met with the US Secretaries of State and Defense, along with senior officials from both portfolios.
The department, both in Canberra and through our Embassy in Washington DC, worked with the United States to develop a comprehensive agenda covering the full range of Alliance cooperation. The AUSMIN outcomes were significant. Both countries reaffirmed a shared commitment to the bilateral relationship and the Alliance. Discussions progressed shared responses to a range of regional and global challenges, including supporting the continuing stability and prosperity of the Indo–Pacific, countering violent extremism, and responding to conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East. Both countries also restated their commitment to the US Force Posture Initiatives in Australia.
AUSMIN 2015 confirmed both countries’ commitment to enhance interoperability of military forces, intelligence cooperation, collaboration on policy, planning and capability development, and cooperation with regional partners, with the release of a Joint Statement on Defense Cooperation.
Through close coordination with the departments of Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Immigration and Border Protection, the department helped ensure the meeting was successful and that outcomes strengthened one of our closest bilateral relationships.