Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today begins a two-day summit involving meetings with senior Defence officials and CEOs of companies which have projects on the Projects of Concern list.
In February last year, Mr Clare committed to holding biannual face-to-face meetings with industry and Defence.
The first round of meetings was held in February 2011, followed by a second round in September 2011.
"The purpose of these meetings is simple – to make sure there is focus from the top of Government, Defence and industry to remediate these projects," Mr Clare said.
"It ensures that the senior Defence and industry people responsible for these projects are doing everything necessary to remediate them.
“Last year the Projects of Concern list was cut in half from 12 projects to six.
“This demonstrates that the Projects of Concern process works. It brings the right people together and focuses them on getting these projects back on track and off the list.”
On 29 June last year Mr Clare and Minister for Defence Stephen Smith announced a range of reforms to strengthen the Projects of Concern system.
These reforms include:
- the establishment of a more formal process for adding projects to the list;
- the establishment of a formal process for removing projects from the list;
- the development of agreed remediation plans, including formal milestones for the removal of a project from the list; and
- increased Ministerial involvement and oversight of the process.
Since the Projects of Concern process began in 2008, 19 projects have been listed as Projects of Concern. Since then, 13 of those have been removed – 11 due to remediation and two due to cancellation.
The current Projects of Concern list is attached.
Projects of Concern List:
||Collins Class Submarines
||‘Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft
||Lightweight torpedo replacement
||Multi-role Tanker Transport aircraft – Air to Air Refuelling Capability
||Electronic Support Measures upgrade for AP-3C Orion aircraft
Projects removed from Projects of Concern list:
||Sea Sprite Helicopter (Project cancelled)
||Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (Remediated)
||M-113 Armoured Personnel Carrier Upgrade (Remediated)
||SF Air Drop RigidHullInflatable Boat Trailers (Remediated)
||Guided Missile FFG Upgrade (Remediated)
||Project ‘Echidna’ (Scope reduced)
||LCM2000 Watercraft for Amphibious Ships (Project cancelled)
||High Frequency Communications Modernisation (Remediated)
||Air Defence Command and Control System ‘Vigilare’ (Remediated)
||ANZAC-class Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) (Remediated)
||Medium and heavy vehicles, trailers and modules (Remediated)
||Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Remediated)
||Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) (Remediated)
Korena Flanagan (Office of Jason Clare): 0418 251 316