Related Rule
Australia
Practice Relating to Rule 24. Removal of Civilians and Civilian Objects from the Vicinity of Military Objectives
Australia’s Defence Force Manual (1994) requires commanders to remove civilians and civilian objects under their control “from the vicinity of military objectives”. 
Australia, Manual on Law of Armed Conflict, Australian Defence Force Publication, Operations Series, ADFP 37 – Interim Edition, 1994, § 556(a).
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) requires commanders to remove “civilians and civilian objects from the vicinity of military objectives”. 
Australia, The Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict, Australian Defence Doctrine Publication 06.4, Australian Defence Headquarters, 11 May 2006, § 5.61.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).
In 2009, in a ministerial statement before the House of Representatives on the situation in Sri Lanka, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated:
Australia calls on all those involved in the fighting to make protecting civilians an absolute priority:
- All parties must ensure that civilians can leave the conflict zone safely.
… Australia calls on the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] to allow civilians caught in the conflict zone to leave. 
Australia, House of Representatives, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministerial statement: Situation in Sri Lanka, Hansard, 5 February 2009, p. 623.
In 2009, in a ministerial statement before the House of Representatives on the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated:
[T]here remains much human suffering among the civilians trapped in the conflict zone. Reports of abuses from within the conflict zone include accounts of civilians forced by the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] to stay in its territory. … Australia urges the LTTE to allow civilians caught in the conflict zone to leave. 
Australia, House of Representatives, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministerial statement: Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka, Hansard, 12 May 2009, p. 3502.