Terms of Reference

This inquiry consists of a number of parts. The committee has tabled two parts so far:

  • Part I - the tender process for the new supply ships, tabled on 27 August 2014; and
  • Part II - the future submarines, tabled on 17 November 2014.

The committee is due to present its final report by 1 July 2015.

The terms of reference for Part I were:
the tender process for the Royal Australian Navy's new supply ships, and given the significant impact that this decision will have on the Australian shipbuilding industry, in particular:

  1. The reasons for the Government's decision in June 2014 to exclude Australian-based defence industry from tendering for the replacement of HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius, and instead have a restricted tender for Spanish and South Korean shipbuilders.
  2. The capacity of Australian shipbuilding to carry out, in part or in full, the construction and fit-out of two auxiliary ships to replace the Navy's HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius.
  3. The role of the Department of Finance and/or Department of Treasury and/or Department of Defence, the Finance Minister and/or the Treasurer and/or the Defence Minister, in the Government's decision to exclude Australian defence industry from tendering for the auxiliary ship replacement project.
  4. The feasibility of including Australian industry participants in the tender process for the replacement auxiliary ships.
  5. The management and performance of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) that contributed to the Government's decision to exclude Australian industry from tendering for the replacement auxiliary ships.
  6. Any related matters.

The term of reference for the overall report is:  the future sustainability of Australia's strategically vital naval shipbuilding industry.

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Past Public Hearings

03 Feb 2016: Canberra
22 Jul 2015: Glenelg
14 Apr 2015: Adelaide


Inquiry Status

Inquiry lapsed

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