Treaties Committee to inquire into Australia-Japan Reciprocal Access Agreement

Issue date: Monday, 5 September 2022

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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will hold a public hearing on Monday 5 September 2022 into the Agreement between Australia and Japan concerning the Facilitation of Reciprocal Access and Cooperation between the Australian Defence Force and the Self-Defense Forces of Japan (Australia-Japan RAA).

The Australia-Japan RAA would provide a legal framework to facilitate defence cooperation between Australia and Japan and define the status of the Visiting Force and Civilian Component of a Party while in the territory of the other Party.

Committee Chair, Mr Josh Wilson MP, said ‘The Committee looks forward to hearing from representatives from the Department of Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as it progresses its inquiry into the agreement.’

‘While the Australia-Japan RAA reflects measures commonly found in status of forces agreements, there are some unique provisions and the Committee will be interested in exploring their implications.’

Public hearing details

Date: Monday 5 September 2022
Time: 11.10 am (approx) – 1.00 pm AEST

The program for this hearing is also available online.

Further information on the inquiry can be found on the Committee website.

Media inquiries

Ms Katharine Longley, Media Adviser
08 9335 8555

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4002

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