May 14, 2020

Defence spend to help business

Defence spend to help business The Federal Government has brought forward estate work on defence built assets.

The Federal Government is releasing almost $870 million of Defence estate works to the market to bolster industry as the economy recovers from COVID-19.

The Estate Works Program provides facilities maintenance projects aimed at restoring or sustaining capability and addressing safety and compliance requirements of facilities and infrastructure on the Defence Estate.

More than 300 work packages have been created for Australian defence industry under the newly established Forward Release Program.

The investment will be delivered over the next three years, according to Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

“The Morrison Government remains resolutely committed to delivering capability for the ADF, and backing in defence industry through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Senator Reynolds said. 

“This opportunity will ensure small and medium businesses are able to engage in supporting Defence with the maintenance and sustainment of current infrastructure right across Australia, while also providing certainty to Australian businesses and their workers.

“This announcement is aimed at sustaining a steady pipeline of work for thousands of Australians, on top of the more than $4.7 billion of payments paid early to Australian defence industry since 23 March.”

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the government would be working to promote early engagement with industry to advise businesses about proposed procurement activities.

“This proactive advice to defence industry allows our partners to plan for upcoming works that are scheduled for release on AusTender,” Minister Price said.

Information is available on the Defence Estate Quality Management System website where it will be visible to industry, and existing AusTender notices will be adjusted to alert industry.

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