Operation HIGHROAD is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) commitment to Afghanistan. 

Since 2001, Australia’s mission in Afghanistan has been to support the Afghan Government help contain the threat from international terrorism. Australia currently contributes around 80 Defence personnel to our mission in Afghanistan as part of the NATO, Resolute Support mission. Resolute Support is involved in training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The Australian contribution to Afghanistan was previously known as Operation SLIPPER (2001 – 2014). Operation HIGHROAD commenced when Afghanistan took the lead for its own security in January 2015. Since then, Australian and international forces have worked alongside the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as they build their own defence, security and counter-terrorism forces. Australia’s mission continues to deny terrorist organisations safe havens in which to plan and export terror attacks.

Australia currently contributes around 80 Defence personnel in Afghanistan.

The following ADF elements support Operation HIGHROAD:

Headquarters Task Group Afghanistan. Task Group Afghanistan’s headquarters is at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport and comprises a command element which coordinates administration, communications and logistics support for all ADF members deployed to Afghanistan.

Headquarters Resolute Support. ADF personnel perform in a variety of specialist and advisory roles as embeds within Headquarters Resolute Support (HQ RS) in Kabul.

ADF embeds work with members of the coalition, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, and Afghan security ministries to assist capacity building within the Afghan security institutions.

Kabul Joint Command. A force protection element and advisors support the Kabul Joint Command, previously known as Kabul Garrison Command.

Role 2E medical facility. A small number of medical specialists support the Coalition Role 2E medical facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Special Operations Advisory Group, NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan and the Afghan General Command of Police Special Units Special Forces. A small contingent of Australian Special Forces personnel provide support to NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan (NSOCC-A) and the Afghan General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) Special Forces.