Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today begins a two-day round of meetings with senior Defence officials and CEOs of companies which have projects on the Projects of Concern list.
In February this year, Mr Clare committed to holding biannual face-to-face meetings with industry and Defence.
The first round of meetings was held in February.
“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.
“Ultimately, we want these projects off the list. This is about working together to get these projects back on track.”
On 29 June this year Mr Clare and Minister for Defence Stephen Smith announced at the Defence and Industry Conference in Adelaide 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.
“The Projects of Concern process is working and the reforms we are implementing will make it even more effective,” Mr Smith said.
Since the Projects of Concern process began in 2008, 18 projects have been listed as Projects of Concern. Since then, nine of those have been removed – seven due to remediation and two due to cancellation.
The current Projects of Concern list is attached.
Current Projects of Concern list:
||Date added to list
||Collins Class Submarine Sustainment and Projects
|AIR 5077Phase 3
||‘Wedgetail’ Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft
|SEA 1448Phase 2B
||Anti-Ship Missile Defence radar upgrades for ANZAC Class Frigates
|JOINT 129Phase 2
||Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – airborne surveillance for land forces
|LAND 121Phase 3
||‘Overlander’ replacement field vehicles, trailers and modules for land forces (‘Medium Heavy’ class of vehicles only)
||Lightweight torpedo replacement for ANZAC and ADELAIDE Class Frigates
||Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft – Air to Air Refuelling Capability
|AIR 5276Phase 8B
||Electronic Support Measures upgrade for AP-3C Orion aircraft
|AIR 5418Phase 1
||Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missiles
Projects removed from Projects of Concern list:
||Date removed from list
||M-113 Armoured Personnel Carrier Upgrade (Remediated)
||Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (Remediated)
||Sea Sprite Helicopter (Project cancelled)
||SF Air Drop Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat Trailers (Remediated)
|SEA 1390Phase 2.1
||Guided Missile FFG Upgrade (Remediated)
|AIR 5416Phase 2
||Rotary Wing Electronic Warfare Self Protection ‘Echidna’ (Scope reduced and remediated)
||High Frequency Communications Modernisation (Remediated)
||Air Defence Command and Control System ‘Vigilare’ (Remediated)
|JOINT 2048Phase 1A
||LCM2000 Watercraft for Landing Platform Amphibious Ships (Project cancelled)
Mr Smith’s Office: Andrew Porter 0419 474 392
Mr Clare’s Office: Korena Flanagan 0418 251 316
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