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Two Bushmasters operated by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment during an exercise in 2010

This article describes the current structure of the Australian Army. It includes the army's order of battle and the headquarters locations of major units.

Overview

The Australian Army is organised into three main elements which report to the Chief of Army; the Headquarters of the 1st Division, Special Operations Command and Forces Command. Headquarters 1st Division is responsible for high-level training activities and is capable of being deployed to command large scale ground operations. It does not have any combat units permanently assigned to it, though it commands units during training activities and the Land Combat Readiness Centre reports to the divisional headquarters. Most of the Army's units report to Forces Command, which is responsible for overseeing their readiness and preparing them for operations. Special Operations Command is responsible for preparing the ADF's special forces units for operational deployments. This organisation came into effect during January 2011; before this time the Army's three regular brigades were permanently assigned to the Headquarters 1st Division.[1][2]

Current order of battle

The following order of battle describes the Army's current organisational structure at the battalion and independent company/squadron level. It does not take into account changes to units' structure and command arrangements associated with operational deployments.

Headquarters 1st Division

Commander Landing Force

Headquarters Forces Command

  • Command Headquarters in Sydney
  • Royal Military College of Australia in Canberra
  • Combat Training Centre in Puckapunyal
  • Army Logistic Training Centre in Bandiana
  • Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey
  • Defence Command Support Training Centre in Melbourne
  • Army Knowledge Group in Puckapunyal

1st Brigade

3rd Brigade

7th Brigade

6th Combat Support Brigade

  • Brigade Headquarters in Sydney
  • 7th Signal Regiment in Cabarlah
  • 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment in Brisbane
  • 16th Air-Land Regiment Royal Australian Artillery in Woodside
  • 6th Engineer Support Regiment in Amberley
  • 1st Intelligence Battalion in Brisbane

17th Combat Service Support Brigade

  • Brigade Headquarters in Sydney
  • 145 Signal Squadron
  • 9th Force Support Battalion in Amberley
  • 10th Force Support Battalion in Townsville
  • 2nd Force Support Battalion (Volunteers) in Hobart
  • 1st Close Health Battalion
  • 2nd General Health Battalion in Brisbane
  • 3rd Health Support Battalion (Volunteers) in Adelaide
  • 1st Psychology Unit
  • 1st Military Police Battalion in Brisbane

16th Aviation Brigade

  • Brigade Headquarters in Brisbane
  • 1st Aviation Regiment (Attack) in Darwin
  • 5th Aviation Regiment (Transport and Utility) in Townsville
  • 6th Aviation Regiment (Transport and Utility) in Sydney

2nd Division

  • Divisional Headquarters in Sydney
  • 8th Signal Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 9th Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (Mortars and Field Artillery) (Volunteers)
  • Regional Force Surveillance Group
    • North-West Mobile Force (Volunteers) in Darwin
    • 51st Battalion The Far North Queensland Regiment (Volunteers) in Cairns
    • The Pilbara Regiment (Volunteers) in Karratha
4th Brigade
  • Brigade Headquarters in Melbourne
  • 108 Signal Squadron (Volunteers)
  • 4th/9th (Prince of Wales's) Light Horse (Motorized Reconnaissance)
  • 5th/6th Battalion The Royal Victoria Regiment (Volunteers) in Adelaide
  • 7th/8th Battalion The Royal Victoria Regiment (Volunteers) in Ballarat
  • 22nd Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 4th Combat Service Support Battalion (Volunteers)
5th Brigade
  • Brigade Headquarters in Sydney
  • 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers (Volunteers)
  • 1st/19th Battalion The Royal New South Wales Regiment (Volunteers) in Orange
  • 2nd/17th Battalion The Royal New South Wales Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 3rd/4th Battalion The Royal New South Wales Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 41st Battalion The Royal New South Wales Regiment (Volunteers) in Lismore
  • 5th Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 5th Combat Service Support Battalion (Volunteers)
  • 8th Combat Service Support Battalion (Volunteers)
8th Brigade
  • Brigade Headquarters in Sydney
  • Sydney University Regiment
  • Melbourne University Regiment in Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales Regiment
  • Adelaide University Regiment in Adelaide
  • Queensland University Regiment in Brisbane
  • Western Australian University Regiment in Perth
9th Brigade
  • Brigade Headquarters in Adelaide
  • 144 Signal Squadron (Volunteers)
  • A Squadron 3rd/9th The South Australian Mounted Light Horse Rifles (Volunteers)
  • 10th/27th Battalion The Royal South Australia Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 12th/40th Battalion The Royal Tasmania Regiment (Volunteers) in Hobart
  • 9th Combat Service Support Battalion (Volunteers)
11th Brigade
  • Brigade Headquarters in Townsville
  • 141 Signal Squadron (Volunteers)
  • 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers (Volunteers) in Tamworth
  • 9th Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment (Volunteers) in Brisbane
  • 25th/49th Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment (Volunteers) in Brisbane
  • 31st/42nd Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 11th Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) in Brisbane
  • 11th Combat Service Support Battalion (Volunteers)
13th Brigade
  • Brigade Headquarters in Perth
  • 109 Signal Squadron (Volunteers)
  • A Squadron 10th Light Horse Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 11th/28th Battalion The Royal Western Australia Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 16th Battalion The Royal Western Australia Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 13th Combat Service Support Battalion (Volunteers)\

Headquarters Special Operations

  • Command Headquarters in Canberra
  • Special Air Service Regiment in Perth
  • 1st Commando Regiment (Volunteers) in Sydney
  • 2nd Commando Regiment in Sydney
  • Special Operations Engineer Regiment in Sydney
  • Special Operations Logistics Squadron in Sydney
  • Special Operations Training and Education Centre in Sydney
  • Parachute Training Centre in Nowra

See also

References

Citations
  1. Australian Army (2008), pp. 5–8
  2. International Institute for Strategic Studies (2011), p. 223
Works consulted

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