Australia’s Defence Vows to Address Procurement Problems

Australia, Defence

Article: The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has recently completed the first of two performance audits into Defence’s procurement process for establishing the Strategic Domestic Munitions Manufacturing contract from 2016-2018. The audit also reviewed precursor arrangements and identified significant governance failures and probity gaps. In response, Air Marshal Leon Phillips, OAM, and Chief of Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Group, has stated that the Defence department takes these findings very seriously and is committed to taking appropriate action. The Chief of Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Group has accepted the findings and recommendations of the report, acknowledging the importance of addressing the identified issues in order to meet the expected standards. In the past eight years, since the activities in the audit occurred, Defence has taken significant steps to improve procurement policy assurance, governance arrangements, and effective records management. The newly formed Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Group will continue to support broader Defence enterprise efforts in this regard.