Sovereign defence industry ensuring safe and connected ADF capabilities

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

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Ben Spencer (Minister Price’s office): +61 412 754 310

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23 December 2020

The Morrison Government has released a plan that provides important guidance to test and evaluate equipment and systems for the Australian Defence Force.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the Test, evaluation, certification and systems assurance Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plan would support and grow specialist expertise in Australia’s defence industry.

Minister Price said the new Implementation Plan was a vital element of Defence’s understanding and management of its capability.

“The test and evaluation of Defence capability is necessary to ensure Australian Defence Force personnel are safe and their equipment is fit-for-purpose,” Minister Price said.

“As Defence capabilities become increasingly connected, we also need to ensure our systems work effectively with those of our coalition partners and that discrete systems can come together to form a holistic joint force.

“As technology advances, industry and Defence need to work together to adapt to new ways of thinking.

“This is particularly important in testing new or emerging capabilities in the information and cyber domain, as outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan.

“This Implementation Plan highlights areas where cooperation between industry and Defence practitioners is most critical.

“It outlines the industrial capabilities we need to build within our industrial base to assure that modern Defence systems and equipment are right for the job.”

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