Since the deployment of Australian forces in Afghanistan under the NATO-led ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission, Australia’s relations with NATO have expanded considerably in many areas. Committed to building on the gains in interoperability and cooperation developed through Australia’s participation in ISAF, Australia and NATO signed a joint political declaration in June 2012. This was followed up with the signing of an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme in February 2013. At the 2014 Wales Summit, NATO further acknowledged Australia as a valuable, capable and reliable partner through recognition as an ‘enhanced partner’.
Australia remains committed to Afghanistan and is contributing around 400 personnel to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan as well as USD100 million per year from 2015 to 2017 to fund the sustainment of the Afghan National Security Forces.