The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF,) part of the broader Australian Department of Defence (DoD,) was charged with the responsibility of investigating the UFO phenomenon, from the early 1950's to 1994. Since then, the DoD has referred anyone in Australia wishing to report a sighting of a UFO, to Police or state level civilian UFO organisations.
A project facilitated by myself, between 2003-2008 located, and had digitised, a large number of Australian government agency files on UAP. Details of these files may be read here. For a comprehensive treatment of what these files contained, click here.
So, since 1994 there has been no overt interest in the subject, by any Australian government agency. I say overt, because due to the nature of the phenomenon, I have always suspected that some analyst in an agency such as the Defence Science andTechnology Group (DSTG) or in the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO,) will have a brief to quietly keep across the topic.
The DoD and UAP
In June 2019, I wanted to see what the current Australian DoD position was in respect to the topic of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP.) I therefore provided them with some context, and then sought a response from the DoD to the following questions:
1. On 23 April 2019 the U.S. Politico magazine carried a story that the U.S. Navy was issuing new guidelines for the reporting of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
2. On 26 May 2019 the New York Times newspaper carried a story that U.S. Naval aviators had interacted with Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as recently as 2015.
My questions were:
1. Has the Australian Department of Defence any current guidelines concerning the reporting by Department of Defence personnel of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena? If so, may I obtain a copy?
2. If there are no current DoD guidelines, is there any section of the DoD which acts as a collection point for unsolicited reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena which might come from service personnel, e.g. through an aviation hazard reporting system? If so, might I have details?
3. Has the DoD any plans, based on U.S. policy changes, to issue instructions to service personnel to report Unidentified Aerial Phenomena?
The response, attributed to a spokesperson from Defence was:
"Defence does not have a protocol that covers recording or reporting of UFO sightings."
Given the current official interest in UAP shown by the U.S. Department of Defense I recently posed another set of questions to the Australian Department of Defence. These were:
Q1: Is the Department aware of recent global media reporting of a briefing to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic of UAP, such briefing leading to Congressional members stating that UAP represent a threat to their national security?
Q2: Is the Department aware of a forthcoming report by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, to the U.S. Congress on U.S. government agencies' knowledge of UAP?
Q3: Has the Australian Department of Defence been approached in recent times by the U.S. Department of Defense to liaise on the subject of UAP? If so, are details of any such liaison available?
Q4: I am aware that the RAAF devoted resources in the time period 1950-1994 to the study of UAP. In the light of the above, is anyone in the Australian Department of Defence currently monitoring the subject of UAP? If not, why not?
Today, 25 June 2021 I received a response, attributed to a Defence spokesperson:
"Defence does not have a protocol that covers recording or reporting of unidentified aerial phenomena/unidentified flying object sightings.
The US Department of Defense Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force actions or reporting are outside of Defence's remit. Queries regarding that organisation should be directed to the US Department of Defense."
1. As you can see, there is a repeating of their 2019 position, namely that "Defence does not have a protocol that covers recording or reporting of UFO sightings."
2. However, if you read my 2021 questions again, you will see that I did not mention the UAP Task Force at all. So, either my questions necessitated someone in DoD taking a look at the global media reporting and came across the UAPTF; or my suggestion that there is some analyst in the DoD who monitors the topic, may have some merit.
Update: 26 June 2021
ABC journalist Matthew Eaton, published a digital online article after contacting the Australian DoD. Eaton received the exact same response from the DoD that I did.