List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

2.20
To ensure consistency with project level risk information and to improve reliability, the Committee recommends that the Department of Defence review the procedure for the development of expected capability estimates for future Major Projects Reports. The outcome of this review should be provided to the Committee within six months of the tabling of this report. Further, the Committee requests that Defence provide a progress report within three months of the tabling of this report.

Recommendation 2

2.25
The Committee recommends that the Department of Defence:
commence discussions with the Australian National Audit Office on updating Project Maturity Scores, with a view to advising the Committee on a way forward prior to the first sitting week of 2018
provide the Committee with an update on the progress of this dialogue within six months of the tabling of this report.

Recommendation 3

2.27
The Committee recommends that the Department of Defence examine the guidelines and methodology used by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to report on major projects, and report back to the Committee within six months of the tabling of this report. Defence’s report back to the Committee should consider whether any features of the United Kingdom’s guidelines and methodology would enhance major projects reporting in Australia. If Defence finds the United Kingdom’s guidelines and methodology unsuitable, the Committee requests that Defence provide reasons why they reached this conclusion.

Recommendation 4

2.35
The Committee recommends that the Department of Defence devise a single methodology to calculate the cost per flying hour for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, and use this single methodology in all internal and public reporting and in responses to queries from the Australian National Audit Office. Defence should provide this information to the Committee prior to the first sitting week of 2018.

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