The freshly-minted 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan will see a record $270 billion injected into capability and infrastructure projects over the course of the coming decade. Building on Wednesday’s announcement, Canberra has provided insight into how this will play out for respective states and territories.
Local industry involvement in each these projects will be assured through the federal government’s Local Industry Capability Plan initiative, which encourages local suppliers, contractors and tradespeople to identify and secure supply chain work.
All figures cited refer to investment over the coming decade.
There will be a $2.5 billion investment over the coming decade into the redevelopment of Defence facilities in Western Australia, including:
- Irwin Barracks, Defence Establishment Harold E Holt, RAAF Base Curtin, RAAF Base Pearce, RAAF Base Learmonth, Campbell Barracks, Yampi Sound Training Area and HMAS Stirling.
Over the decade, Defence investment will include significant redevelopment and expansion of HMAS Stirling in direct support of the Collins Class and Attack Class submarine programs, Hunter Class frigates, and Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels. Investment will also be made to harden our northern airbases.
There will be a $2.6 billion investment into the redevelopment of Defence facilities in SA, including:
- Bases in the greater Adelaide area including the Edinburgh Defence Precinct and Keswick Barracks; and
- Bases in regional South Australia including the Woomera Range Complex, Cultana Training Area and Port Wakefield Proof and Experimental Establishment to ensure that Defence’s training and testing facilities effectively support our current and future Defence capability.
This investment comes on the back of significant investment in building up ADF capability in South Australia, which has seen $3.4 billion invested in the state in the 12 months leading up to March 2020.
- Southern Queensland sites including Gallipoli Barracks (Enoggera), Swartz Barracks (Oakey), Borneo Barracks (Cabarlah), Kokoda Barracks (Canungra) and RAAF Base Amberley; and
- Northern Queensland sites including Lavarack Barracks (Townsville), RAAF Base Townsville, RAAF Base Scherger; HMAS Cairns; and Shoalwater Bay and Townsville Field training areas.
Bases in the greater Melbourne area including Victoria Barracks Melbourne, Simpson Barracks Watsonia, RAAF Base Point Cook, Defence Science and Technology Fishermans Bend; and
Bases in regional Victoria including the Albury/Wodonga Military Area and the Puckapunyal Military Area.
NEW SOUTH WALES:
There will be a $10 billion investment over the coming decade into the redevelopment of Defence facilities in NSW, including:
- The redevelopment of the Garden Island Defence Precinct, Sydney;
- The modernisation of Headquarters Joint Operations Command at Bungendore;
- The redevelopment and upgrade of several Sydney-area sites including: HMAS Waterhen, HMAS Watson, HMAS Penguin, Holsworthy Barracks, Randwick Barracks, Victoria Barracks, RAAF Base Richmond, Defence Establishment Orchard Hills and the Defence Mulwala Facility; and
- The redevelopment and upgrade of sites in regional NSW including HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell, Blamey Barracks Kapooka, Singleton Barracks, RAAF Base Williamtown and Twofold Bay, Eden.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:
There will be around $1.3 billion invested over the coming decade into the redevelopment of Defence facilities in the ACT, including:
- HMAS Harman, Russell Offices, the Australian Defence College at Weston, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon.
There will be an $8 billion investment into the redevelopment of Defence facilities in the NT, including:
- Robertson Barracks, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct including HMAS Coonawarra, Bradshaw Field Training Area and Defence Establishment Berrimah;
- RAAF Base Tindal including upgrading facilities to support KC-30 aircraft operations and the US Enhanced Air Cooperation initiative; and
- The upgrade of Northern Territory ranges and training areas in support of the US Force Posture Initiatives.
Defence said that it plans to build on its "modest, but growing" presence in Tasmania, though it does not specify how much will be directed towards this. It has announced, however, that this will include the expansion and upgrade of Hobart Airport and storage facilities to support increased ADF and civilian long-range operations in the Southern Ocean.