Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines infrastructure spending and workforce challenges

The federal government has released the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, promising to end the boom-bust cycle of projects by implementing a rolling acquisition of submarines and continuous build of ships. The plan includes more than $1.3 billion in funding for the development of shipyard infrastructure in South Australia and Western Australia. Work on the development of new surface … [Read more...]

Commonwealth acquires shipbuilding facility from SA government

The federal government has purchased the Common User Facility at Techport Australia and surrounding land from the South Australian government for $230 million as it seeks to increase the size of the facility. The facility will be fully owned and operated by the federal government, with the agreement representing an important part of getting infrastructure ready to cut steel on … [Read more...]

BUDGET 2017 – F-35, P-8, LAND 121 top project expenditures for 2017-18

Defence will spend $6.6 billion on its Top 30 major acquisitions programs in 2017-18, budget papers show. Of that total some $1.1 billion (over 17 per cent) will be spent on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as acquisition of the RAAF’s next fighter begins to ramp up considerably. The acquisition of 72 F-35As under Project AIR 6000 Phase 2A/2B has a total budget of $16 billion, … [Read more...]

BUDGET 2017 – Upgrades for AWD, P-8 amongst planned project approvals

Fifty-seven acquisition and estate projects under the Integrated Investment Program will be considered by government for approval in 2017-18, the budget papers show. The Portfolio Budget Statements for Defence list 20 projects to be considered by government for first pass approval and 37 for second pass approval in the coming financial year. Projects slated for first pass … [Read more...]

BUDGET 2017 – Full speed ahead on naval shipbuilding enterprise plan

The inability of the government to publish its celebrated Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise Plan has not prevented it from implementing key initiatives to restructure the naval shipbuilding industry, involving literally hundreds of millions of dollars that are so sensitive they have been deemed “not for publication”. The government announced last October that, rather than … [Read more...]