Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area Coexistence Framework

Closed 25 Jun 2018

Opened 11 May 2018

Overview

On 11 May 2018 the Government announced the appointment of Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM to lead the 2018 Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) coexistence framework.

The Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) military testing range covers 122,000 square kilometres in north-west South Australia.

The 2018 Review follows the establishment in 2014 of a coexistence framework that seeks to balance the interests of all users in the WPA. Under this framework Defence is the primary user of the WPA for the testing of war materiel. Access to the WPA by a range of non-defence users including Aboriginal people, the resources sector, pastoralists and tourists is also provided for. Further information about the WPA may be found on the Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office website.

The scope of the Review is set out in the Terms of Reference provided below.

Why We Are Consulting

The Review is seeking to engage with all WPA stakeholders to understand their interests and how they use the WPA, and to ensure these views are heard and considered through the Review process.

The Review will be conducted with the support of Defence and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It will include a comprehensive program of consultation with stakeholder groups with interests in the WPA; and close engagement with the Government of South Australia.

Have Your Say

Submissions to the Review are invited from all WPA stakeholders and those with an interest in the WPA coexistence framework. Submissions can be made through the Online Submission button below.

Postal submissions can be mailed to:

Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area Coexistence Framework
C/- Strategic Policy
R1-1-A127
PO Box 7901
Canberra BC ACT 2610

Please submit before 1700 EST on 25 June 2018 to ensure your submission is considered.

 

Further information about planned consultation and engagement activities will be made available shortly.

Guidance notes on drafting a submission are provided below.

Confidentiality

All submissions will be considered by the Department of Defence and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Submissions will be published on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s website unless you request that it remain confidential.

Any information marked as confidential will not be disclosed or published as per your preferences.

A confidentiality form to assist in specifying your preferences can be downloaded below.

Audiences

  • Defence industry
  • Users of the Woomera Prohibited Area
  • Exploration and mining industry
  • Environmental groups

Interests

  • The 2018 Review will build on the establishment in 2014 of a coexistence framework that seeks to balance the interests of all users in the WPA. Under this framework Defence is the primary user of the WPA for the testing of war materiel but provides access to a range of non-defence users including Aboriginal people, the resources sector, pastoralists and tourists.