Minister's Message

Australian Minister for Defence Message

Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Defence, Australia

As a large nation with a relatively small population, the Government recognise that our Defence Force must be at the cutting edge of technology. This means working side-by-side with Australian industry to foster the innovation needed to ensure our armed forces are amongst the best equipped and supported in the world.

I am impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of Australia’s defence industry and the Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring strong and sustainable defence sector. The Defence Industry Policy Statement, released in conjunction with the 2016 Defence White Paper and Integrated Investment Program, details the Turnbull Government’s plan to transform the Defence-industry relationship. The Government’s measures are designed to maximise industry’s innovation potential and to ensure Defence can benefit from some of the cutting edge capabilities being developed right here in Australia.

One of the key initiatives of the Industry Policy Statement is the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, which will work with small-to-medium enterprises to develop skills, drive innovation, increase competitiveness and export opportunities.

The Centre will not only ensure that industry knows what capabilities Defence requires so it can plan and invest accordingly, but it will also help Defence indentify  what capabilities, technologies and solutions industry can deliver.

The Defence Integrated Investment Program is a fully-costed, 10-year program that gives industry more certainty about Defence’s future projects and priorities.  

The information contained in this directory will assist you to innovate, partner, collaborate, and contribute to Australia’s security.

 

 

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

Parliament House, Canberra ACT

 

New Zealand Minister of Defence Message

Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Defence, New Zealand

A Defence White Paper 2016 will be released shortly. It will update the New Zealand Government’s defence policy, and the capabilities required to deliver it. The White Paper will be followed by a new Defence Capability Plan.  The Plan will set out how the New Zealand Government’s decisions on Defence capability over the next ten years will be guided, along with the indicative timing for those decisions.

The direction provided in the Defence White Paper and Defence Capability Plan takes into account cost implications. They provide long-term investment certainty for Defence, while also signalling future priorities and opportunities early to industry.

I encourage industry on both sides of the Tasman to actively explore these opportunities with the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, not just as potential suppliers of military capability and through-life services, but also as sources of technical expertise and project management support.

To facilitate this closer engagement, the Defence agencies are working together to improve the way we carry out whole of life costing and request information from the defence industry, and develop web-based portals so that information can be exchanged more freely.

It is critical for us to have a strong partnership with industry is critical given the size of the challenge ahead. Within the ten-year timeframe of the next Defence Capability Plan, the New Zealand Government will decide on replacements for its air transport and air surveillance fleets, and the our consideration of replacement options for the ANZAC frigates will be well-advanced.  This directory is an important reference tool for ensuring that we get those decisions right.

 

 

Hon. Gerry Brownlee

Minister of Defence

Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160