Annual Report 2011-2012

Letter of transmittal

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24 September 2012

Senator the Hon Bob Carr
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Parliament House

Dear Minister

I submit the Annual Report on the operations of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) for the financial year ended 30 June 2011. This report is made in accordance with section 51 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987, section 96 of the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 and section 71 of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Act 1998.

During the reporting period all relevant statutory and treaty requirements were met, and ASNO found no unauthorised access to, or use of, nuclear materials or nuclear items of safeguards or security significance in Australia. All requirements were met under Australia’s safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and further progress was made with activities in anticipation of the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. All Australian Obligated Nuclear Material was satisfactorily accounted for.

As outlined in this Report, ASNO continued its major contribution to advancing Australia’s interests in effective measures against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through our activities at the domestic, regional and international levels, and through working closely with colleagues in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Australia’s diplomatic missions, and in other departments and agencies.

Yours sincerely

Dr Robert Floyd
Director General

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Left: The OPAL reactor at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) (Photo: ANSTO)
Centre: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
Right: The Large-Geometry Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (LG-SIMS) at the University of Western Australia (Photo: University of Western Australia)

ISSN 1442 7699
ISBN 978–1–74322–063–4

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