Terms of Reference

Pursuant to Standing Order 25(2)(a)(v), the committee has resolved to inquire into the performance of the Department of Defence in supporting the capability and capacity of Australia’s defence industry, with particular reference to the department’s:

a) support to Australia’s defence industry in meeting the current and future needs of the Australian Defence Force;
b) role providing and supporting opportunities for adjacent industries to contribute to the sustainability and viability of Australia’s defence industrial capability;
c) work to address the reliance of Australia’s defence industry on inputs, be they tangible or intangible, from abroad and key capabilities that could form the basis of targeted exports;
d) assessment and response to the risks that interruptions to supply chains may present to the ready access to such inputs and the benefits of producing defence industry outputs in Australia;
e) role in enhancing Australia’s defence industrial base by pursuing greater advanced scientific, technological and industrial cooperation through AUKUS and other defence partnerships;
f) design and implementation of programmes and initiatives that seek to improve the Australian defence industry’s capability and capacity; and
g) any other related matters.

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