(L-R) Commanding Officer of the ANZAC Battle Group Lieutenant Colonel Scott Goddard and Regimental Sergeant Major 'Max' Walker look on as Brigadier Mick Slater leaves Dili, handing the command of the Joint Task Force over to Brigadier Mal Rerden.
Operation Astute is the Australian Government's response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste to assist in restoring peace to their country.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed to Timor-Leste with a mission to assist the Government and the United Nations to bring stability, security and confidence to the Timorese to allow them to resolve their differences democratically and peacefully.
Following a general improvement in the security situation and the establishment of a comprehensive commercial logistic support contract, logistic elements of the ADF no longer required for these duties have returned to Australia, leaving about 925 ADF personnel in Timor-Leste.
This force will remain in Timor-Leste continuing to provide a robust response capability to support International Police from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) from Portugal, provide security in Dili.
The ADF provides support to these police operations as required.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is working alongside the ADF to assist with this mission.