Where Australia has served in peacekeeping

Every year since 1947, Australia has been involved in peacekeeping operations somewhere in the world. We've deployed defence personnel, police and civilians to act as peacekeepers, peacemakers and peacebuilders.

Explore some of the locations where Australia has deployed defence personnel, police and civilians as part of global peace operations.

  • Indonesia from 1947 to 1947 - United Nations Consular Commission at Batavia
  • Indonesia from 1947 to 1949 - United Nations Committee of Good Offices on the Indonesian Question (UNGOC)
  • Indonesia from 1949 to 1951 - United Nations Commission for Indonesia (UNCI)
  • Kashmir from 1950 to 1985 - United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
  • Korea in 1950 - United Nations Commission on Korea (UNCOK)
  • Korea from 1951 to 1973 - United Nations Commission of the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK)
  • Korea since 1953 - United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC)
  • Middle East since 1956 - United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)
  • Lebanese border adjacent to Syria in 1958 - UN Observer Group In Lebanon (UNOGIL)
  • Congo from 1960 to 1961 - United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC); the abbreviation comes from the French name of the mission - Opération des Nations Unies au Congo
  • West New Guinea from 1962 to 1963 - United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA)
  • Yemen from 1963 to 1964 - United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM)
  • Cyprus since 1964 - United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
  • India and Pakistan from 1965 to 1966 - United Nations India - Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM)
  • Israel and Syria from 1974 to 1974 - United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
  • Sinai from 1973 to 1979 - Second United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF II)
  • Lebanon in 1978 - United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
  • Zimbabwe from 1979 to 1980 - Commonwealth Monitoring Force (CMF)
  • Uganda from 1982 to 1984 - Commonwealth Military Training Team - Uganda (CMTTU)
  • Sinai from 1982 to 1993 and since 1986 - Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)
  • Iran and Iraq from 1988 to 1990 - United Nations Iran - Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG)
  • Namibia from 1989 to 1990 - United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG)
  • Thailand and Cambodia from 1989 to 1993 - United Nations Border Relief Operation (UNBRO)
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1989 to 1993 - United Nations Mine Clearance Training Team (UNMCTT)
  • Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Red Sea from 1990 to 1991 - First Maritime Interception Force (MIF I)
  • Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Red Sea from 1991 to 2001 - Second Maritime Interception Force (MIF II)
  • Iraq from 1991 to 1999 - United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM)
  • Iraq from 1991 to 1991 - Operation Provide Comfort
  • Western Sahara from 1991 to 1994 - United Nations mission for the referendum in western Sahara (MINURSO)
  • Cambodia from 1991 to 1992 - United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC)
  • Cambodia from 1992 to 1993 - United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC)
  • Somalia from 1992 to 1993 - First United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM I)
  • Somalia from 1992 to 1993 - United Task Force (UNITAF)
  • Somalia from 1993 to 1995 - Second United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II)
  • Former Yugoslavia in 1992 - United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR)
  • Rwanda from 1994 to 1995 - United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR)
  • Mozambique in 1994 - United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ)
  • Mozambique from 1994 to 2002 - Accelerated Demining Program (ADP)
  • Bougainville in 1994 - South Pacific Peace-Keeping Force (SPPKF)
  • Bougainville from 1997 to 1998 - Truce Monitoring Group (TMG)
  • Bougainville from 1998 to 2003 - Peace Monitoring Group (PMG)
  • Haiti from 1994 to 1995 - Multinational Force (MNF)
  • Guatemala from 1997 to 1997 - United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA)
  • Former Yugoslavia from 1995 to 2004 - Implementation Force (IFOR) / Stabilisation Force (SFOR) / Kosovo Force (KFOR)
  • East Timor in 1999 - United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET)
  • East Timor from 1999 to 2000 - International Force East Timor (INTERFET)
  • East Timor from 2000 to 2002 - United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
  • East Timor from 2002 to 2005 - United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)
  • Timor-Leste from 2005 to 2006 - United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL)
  • Timor-Leste from 2006 to 2013 - International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
  • Timor-Leste from 2006 to 2012 - United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)
  • Solomon Islands from 2000 to 2002 - International Peace Monitoring Team (IPMT)
  • Solomon Islands from 2003 to 2017 - Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
  • Ethiopia and Eritrea from 2001 to 2005 - United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)
  • Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2003 - International Military Advisory and Training Team (IMATT)
  • Iraq from 2002 to 2003 - United Nations Monitoring / Verification and Inspection Commission for Iraq (UNMOVIC)
  • Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005 and since 2004 - United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
  • Sudan from 2005 to 2011 - United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)
  • Sudan from 2008 to 2011 - African Union-United Nations Mission in Dafur (UNAMID)
  • Iraq from 2009 to 2013 - United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
  • South Sudan since 2011 - United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)
  • Mali since 2013 - United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

Learn more about some of the peace operations that have involved Australia.


Last updated: 2 September 2022

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2022), Where Australia has served in peacekeeping, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 27 September 2022, https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/wars-and-missions/peacekeeping/where
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