Policy gets onboard for Indo-Pacific Endeavour
7 November 2017
Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE17) has provided an opportunity for the Australian Defence Force and International Policy Division to integrate two policy advisors on the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship HMAS Adelaide.
Lisa Chadderton and Matt Wong shared periods of the deployment which covered regional engagement with Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Papua New Guinea over 20 September – 15 November.
International Policy Division provides strategic level policy advice to Government on Australia's defence policy, including international defence relations and the global security environment.
This extends to providing policy guidance for ADF operations, international engagement activities and managing Defence representation overseas.
Scott Dewar, the First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division, said IPE17 provided a unique opportunity to directly support a major regional engagement.
“Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 has allowed International Policy Division to support Australia’s largest regional engagement activity in four decades across Asia,” Scott said.
The Division has provided policy advisors in support of operations in the Middle East and other operations and key exercises such as Talisman Sabre, but this was the first time a sea-based operation had been supported.
Lisa Chadderton found her time on the HMAS Adelaide to be both enlightening and rewarding.
“It was great to be involved in the operational side of Defence’s work and to see first-hand how International Policy Division’s advice shapes the ADF’s international engagement activities,” Lisa said.
“Despite the big adjustment from working in Russell, I was overwhelmed by the warm welcome I received on board and found my advice and guidance was readily accepted.
“I walked away from this opportunity with a greater understanding of ADF processes as well as an arsenal of new acronyms!”
Matt Wong found himself in a Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH-90) out over Subic Bay observing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises with the Philippine Marine Corps.
“It was interesting to see the results of our work at the higher levels coming together in a practical HADR exercise,” Matt said.
“I have enjoyed working with the Command Team on Adelaide, attending official meetings and participating in international engagement events and program.
“It was great opportunity to meet and establish relationships with international counterparts”.
Commander of the Joint Task Group 661.1, Captain Jonathon Earley RAN welcomed the efforts of Matt and Lisa for IPE17.
“The strategic policy advice and context that the policy adviser role brings to my command team is invaluable,” Captain Earley said.
“Given IPE17’s regional commitments has been spread across the region, it was essential to have a direct link to strategic policy advice to shape our plans and engagement programs.
“They have adjusted well into headquarters team working along side Navy, Army and Air Force members to generate a whole of Defence effort to ADF deployments.”