Speaking with Defence Connect, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy Division Kate Louis noted that the next few months (December, January) will forge the future planning for Australian defence capabilities.
“We've got all the right elements in place,” she told Defence Connect when referring to the Centre for Defence industry Capability (CDIC). “We've got terrific support right from the top, from government, from the senior Defence leaders, and we've got terrific funding, resources and initiatives.
“One of the things the Defence Industry Policy Statement really sets out, is the importance of looking at industry as a strategic asset and really building that capability.
“Not so much through just project by project or transaction by transaction, but strategically planning over the long term what we need industry to do.
“‘What does our Australian industry need to look like in the next 10 to 15 years in order to support that?’ So that's the purpose of the Industry Capability Plan.”
For Defence to plan effectively it needs to know what industry can and cannot do. Industry involvement in that process “will be fundamental”, said First Assistant Secretary Louis.
“The Industry Capability Plan is going to be as good as the inputs that we get into it. A really critical part of that is the survey that we're doing,” she said.
“We're surveying and I know the reaction is, ‘Oh, no. Not another survey.’ I understand it takes time and it takes energy to do these things, and everybody's time is valuable, but it would certainly assist us if people would help us fill it in.
“Then we can use that data to map the capabilities that we have now and really look hard at what we need to invest in, in the future, and put options to government around that.
“I really would encourage all of your listeners, on the industry side of things, to fill in the survey and help us out. It's open until the 31st of January. It can be accessed a number of ways, but the simplest is through the CDIC website, which is business.gov.au\cdic.”
CDIC has been allocated $230 million over the decade and will be headquartered in Adelaide. For more information click here.