Convention on Cluster Munitions

Australia was among the original signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions at a signing ceremony hosted by the Government of Norway in Oslo on 3 December 2008.

The new treaty was adopted by over 100 states at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference (19-30 May 2008). The treaty bans cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians, and represents a significant humanitarian outcome, particularly in regard to the protection of civilians in conflict zones, victim assistance and clearance of affected areas.

On August 21 2012, legislation implementing the Convention passed the Australian Senate. Australia lodged our instrument of ratification in October 2012. The treaty will enter into force for Australia in April 2013.