Budget + Policy

The 2018-19 budget was a restrained, moderate policy document in virtually all regards. Moderate tax cuts all round, a moderately faster return to surplus a year earlier than planned.

The headline figure of $35.5 billion for Defence spending is on track to meet the government’s commitment of two per cent of GDP funding by 2020/2021.

Funding for Defence spending remains on track this year at $36.4 billion, setting the government on a path to meet their 2020/2021 two per cent of GDP funding target.

The first Defence Industry and Innovation Programs Update Report shows that Defence initiatives are successfully advancing capability and growing Australian industry.

Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles spoke at the National Press Club in Canberra this week to outline the ALP's approach to Defence policy.

The Defence Industrial Capability Plan has been released, outlining the new Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities framework.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne has appointed Dr Vivienne Thom to conduct a review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012.

The First Principles Review (FPR) was to be the review to end all reviews. The national audit body has concluded that Defence is on its way - not there yet, but on the road.

Given the history of the facilities and the contracts that operate them, ADM asked Defence for some clarification on a few key points of the announcement.

Following an interactive and competitive dialogue process with industry, the four successful MSP teams will be led by Jacobs Australia, Nova Systems Australia, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), and Downer EDI Engineering Power.

The challenge, in its first year, seeks proposals from industry and academia to address the ever-growing incidence of improvised threats to Defence personnel and the public.

It should come as no great surprise to anyone that the Government has decided to bring home RAAF combat 
aircraft from the Middle East, having run out of Islamic 
State (IS) targets worth bombing.

Applications by Australian defence exporters under the facility will be subject to a number of conditions.

Callaghan cited the successful application of the First Principles Review as the main driver in the company's growth and success of recent times.

The contracts covered work being performed in the fields of radar, sonar, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection, data encryption and electronic support measures.