Budget + Policy

The current government has set Defence on an excellent course in terms of funding and planning priorities.

The Defence community’s biggest challenge in answering the call of the Budget this year will literally be getting the money out the door and into programs.

QinetiQ Australia has been granted the Employer of Choice Gender Equality citation by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

The review of the Defence Trade Controls Act (DTCA) 2012 has been released.

At what point does the security of the wider economy impact on traditional national security challenges? Perhaps it is time for a National Security Strategy that integrates all aspects of national power.

Defence Industry enterprises can expect to face increasing emphasis on improving their security posture from US and Australian regulators.

Professor Tanya Monro has been appointed as the Chief Defence Scientist.

ASPI has released a report, authored by yours truly, exploring opportunities and limits for Australia to deepen its security and defence ties in Europe.

PM Scott Morrison has signalled that Defence and industry will form the backbone of the government's efforts to shore up Australia's presence in the South Pacific in a statement released during his overseas visit to Vanuatu.

Canberra has outlined a plan to “step up” Australia’s presence in the Pacific - despite significant cuts to that presence in recent years.

A dedicated annual grants program has been announced that will provide up to $17 million to Australian SMEs.

The Commonwealth has signed an agreement with Switzerland to strengthen defence materiel and industry cooperation.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave a speech at the Lowy Institute indicating that Labor would not implement significant changes to the Defence budget or to major projects.

The US Department of Defense has released a report to ensure a “robust, resilient, secure, and ready” manufacturing and defence industrial base that could serve as a template for Australia.

A report by KPMG has highlighted the issues surrounding lengthy procurement processes in an era of rapidly-iterating technologies.