Australia is a strong supporter of mine action and is a party to the international conventions which guide mine action including the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (also known as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons); the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (also known as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention); and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Funding provided by Australia is helping to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war and to improve the quality of life for survivors of these weapons.
The majority of Australia’s mine action assistance is provided through bilateral aid partnerships. Our assistance focuses primarily on the most heavily affected countries in the Indo–Pacific region. Australia supports integration of mine action with broader development programs and building capacity of countries to manage their mine action programs. The levels of assistance provided and modalities by which Australia supports mine action vary according to the context and priorities of each partner country and the capacity of its national mine action program.
Australia also supports initiatives that provide a demonstrated global or regional benefit towards reducing the threat and socio-economic impact of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. This includes assistance to victims; research; monitoring and evaluation; advocacy and coordination.
Through its international diplomatic engagement, Australia advocates for universal accession and adherence to the international mine action conventions.