Australia was among the original signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions when it opened for signature on on 3 December 2008.
The Convention bans cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians, and represents a significant humanitarian outcome, particularly in regard to the protection of civilians in conflict zones, victim assistance and clearance of affected areas.
On August 21 2012, legislation implementing the Convention passed the Australian Senate. Australia lodged our instrument of ratification in October 2012. The Convention entered into force for Australia in April 2013.
Australia has a strong record in disarmament and international action to ban weapons that are excessively injurious or have indiscriminate effects. The Australian Government contributes to international efforts to promote the universalisation of the Mine Ban Convention. These efforts focus particularly on Australia immediate region, the Indo-Pacific.
Through Australia’s Mine Action Strategy for the Australian aid program 2010-2014, Australia committed $100 million to contribute to global efforts to reduce the threat and socioeconomic impact of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. Australia’s support is improving the quality of life for victims of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war; reducing the number of deaths and injuries from landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war; and enhancing the capacity of countries to manage their mine action programs.