Department of Defence has reviewed the way it deals with industry, and issued The Defence Industry Policy Draft Statement for comment.
The draft policy sets out the Government’s objectives to improve Defence procurement, develop local industry capability, and assist in the promotion of defence exports. While this report covers Defence procurement in general, several of the recommendations will be of interest to ICT suppliers.
Among the key points of the report, the Department of Defence will:
- Prepare a Defence Capability Plan to identify priority local industry capabilities.
- Maintain a preference for competition in purchasing, professionalise Defence Materiel Organisation, and streamline the acquisition process.
- Ensure that it takes advantage of productivity gains and the opportunities afforded by emerging technologies.
- Develop its ability to manage risk.
- Identify opportunities for Australian industry participation in procurement and facilitate increased defence exports.
- Improve the information on procurement opportunities for local firms and create an environment in which SMEs can prosper.
- Revised Code of Conduct Between Defence Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors.
Comments on the draft statement would be accepted until 21 December 2006.