Australia’s Involvement in Peacekeeping Missions, 1947‒2010

By David Horner, Angus Houston

Part of Australia’s Military History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Australian military and police have taken part in numerous peacekeeping missions around the world. The largest single deployment was as part of INTERFET in East Timor in 1999‒2000. Peacekeeping missions have included:

  • Indonesia (1947‒51)

  • Kashmir (1950‒85)

  • Middle East (Israel and its neighbours, 1956‒present)

  • Cyprus (1964‒present)

  • Zimbabwe (1979‒80)

  • Iran (1988‒90)

  • Namibia (1989‒90)

  • Pakistan‒Afghanistan (1989‒93)

  • Persian Gulf (1990‒present)

  • Iraq (1991‒99)

  • Western Sahara (1991‒94)

  • Cambodia (1991‒98)

  • Somalia (1993‒95)

  • Rwanda (1994‒95)

  • Bougainville (1994, 1998‒2003)

  • East Timor (1999‒2005, 2006‒present)