Terms of Reference

FADT References Committee inquiry on the capability of Defence's physical science and engineering (PSE) workforce, with particular reference to:

  1. the importance of the PSE workforce to Defence projects;
  2. the current PSE capability within Defence, DMO and DSTO;
  3. the potential risks of a skills shortage in the PSE workforce and a decline in Defence's PSE capability;
  4. the ability of Defence to have relevant PSE capabilities to meet future technological needs;
  5. the ability of new technologies discovered by the PSE workforce to be incorporated into Australia's defence capability planning;
  6. the effect of project outsourcing on Defence's PSE capability;
  7. the ability to attract and retain a highly skilled PSE workforce in Defence, DMO and DSTO; and
  8. other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535