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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Annual Report 1999-2000

Output G Advice to Government

Provision of high quality, timely and relevant professional advice to Government.

Milestone G1

Ministers and other key stakeholders satisfied with policy advice, analysis and briefings.

Activities

ASNO provided advice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and on occasions the Minister for Trade, on a range of issues, as well as contributing extensively to the development of advice provided by other Divisions in DFAT, other Government agencies and departments. The prime agency was DFAT; other agencies included the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, the Department of Defence and the Office of National Assessments.

Significant issues affecting international safeguards, the CWC, the BWC and the CTBT were kept under review, and close liaison was maintained with DFAT on these and other matters of common interest.

ASNO attended as an expert witness several Parliamentary hearings, notably the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on two occasions.

Performance Assessment

ASNO submitted 39 Ministerial briefs, Parliamentary Question briefs and other briefs, and contributed to all other DFAT items on nuclear, CWC and BWC related issues. ASNO was involved in preparation of seven pieces of Ministerial correspondence. ASNO made a significant contribution to assessments by the Australian intelligence community. Ministers, Departments and Agencies have indicated appreciation of the high quality, timely and relevant advice provided by ASNO.

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