• The Army Robotics Exposition. (Defence T&E Strategy)
    The Army Robotics Exposition. (Defence T&E Strategy)

The government is giving Australia’s defence industry the opportunity to put forward innovative proposals on how it can play a key role in the way Defence tests and evaluates its equipment. 

A Request for Information (RFI) on Test and Evaluation (T&E) was released on AusTender on Friday 25 March. 

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said there was tremendous capability in the Australian defence industry that could be harnessed as part of the testing, evaluation, certification and systems assurance of Defence equipment. 

“Our Government will build true partnerships with Australian-owned and controlled businesses to deliver sovereign Test and Evaluation capability for the ADF,” Minister Price said.

“It is essential that we build this sovereign capability at home so that the equipment in the hands of our troops meets the highest possible standards and can be used to keep Australians safe.

“Through this RFI we want to understand how we can form strategic partnerships with key Australian businesses to deliver Test and Evaluation for the ADF."

As part of the initial approach to industry, feedback on how Defence might best partner with stakeholders to implement the T&E Strategy is being sought.  

Defence says the RFI will help Defence to consolidate an enterprise view of the Australian Defence T&E environment by the end of 2022, to serve as a basis for more substantial industry partnerships going forward.

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