Special forces of Australia
- Commando units such as the Independent and Commando Companies raised during World War II, and the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments which were raised post-war.[Note 1]
- Reconnaissance and intelligence gathering units such as M and Z Special Units of the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) and the Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) during World War II, and later the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).
- Clearance divers in the Navy during World War II, and the Clearance Diving Branch formed after the war, also trained in combat diving such as shipping raids/sabotage, and later trained in maritime counter terrorism for piracy patrols on Navy vessels.
- Counter-terrorism units such as the Tactical Assault Groups formed from the SASR for domestic and overseas and from the 2nd Commando Regiment for domestic (with maritime element including clearance divers).
- Air coordination support for Commandos and SASR from No. 4 Squadron Air Force Combat Controller Teams CCT who are Commando qualified.
- Non-special forces support units such as the Special Operations Engineer Regiment (SOER),[Note 2] Special Operations Logistics Squadron (SOLS), 171st Aviation Squadron, and No. 200 Flight RAAF.
All the Australian Army special forces units have been grouped together under the Special Operations Command since December 2002. The Navy divers are under the command of the Navy and the Combat Controllers are under the command of the Air Force, however, they are attached to Army units operationally.
- Horner 2002, pp. 19–35.
- Kuring 2004, pp. 259–260 & 432–435.
- "New Name for Sydney Commandos" (Press release). Department of Defence. 19 June 2009.
- Kuring 2004, p. 259.
- Horner 2002, p. 25.
- Lord & Tennant 2000, p. 27.
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- Allard, Tom (17 March 2008). "New squadron will aim to cut civilian deaths". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- Air Power Development Centre (June 2014). "Combat Control in the RAAF". Pathfinder: Air Power Development Centre Bulletin. Royal Australian Air Force (Issue 224). Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- Blaxland 2014, p. 328.
- "6th Aviation Regiment". Department of Defence. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- RAAF Historical Section 1995, pp. 174–175.
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- Kuring, Ian (2004). Redcoats to Cams: A History of Australian Infantry 1788–2001. Loftus, New South Wales: Australian Military Historical Publications. ISBN 1876439998.
- Lord, Cliff; Tennant, Julian (2000). ANZAC Elite: The Airborne and Special Forces Insignia of Australia and New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: IPL Books. ISBN 0-908876-10-6.
- RAAF Historical Section (1995). Units of the Royal Australian Air Force. A Concise History. Volume 4 Maritime and Transport Units. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 0-644-42796-5.
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