The strategic importance of Australia's Indian Ocean Territories

August 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN: 978-1-74366-686-9

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Chair's Foreword

Executive summary

Membership of the Committee

  Committee secretariat

Terms of Reference



1. Introduction

  Overview of strategic importance
  Referral of the inquiry
  Scope of the inquiry
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Report structure

2. Changing regional security environment and contingencies

  Historical overview of the Indian Ocean Territories
  Australia’s engagement in the Indian Ocean region
  Potential strategic uses of the Indian Ocean Territories
  Changing dynamics in the Indian Ocean region
  Security challenges in the Indian Ocean region
  Committee comment

3. Regional cooperation

  Australia’s current engagement with Indo-Pacific partners
  Future engagement opportunities with regional partners
  Committee comment

4. Defence capability and infrastructure development

  Defence capability and infrastructure development
  Committee comment

5. Impacts on local communities

  Importance of local culture
  Economic drivers in the community
  Managing impacts on the local communities
  Committee comment

A. Submissions and exhibits


B. Public hearings and witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4355