Terms of reference have been released for the Department of Defence review of procurement.
Industry minister Melissa Price announced a review of the Australian Standard for Defence Contracting (ASDEFCON) on September 18, aiming to “simplify and streamline contracting and subcontracting templates and remove unnecessary complexities” for industry participants.
“By reviewing Defence’s suite of contracting templates, its procurement practices and processes, we can deliver a simpler and less burdensome procurement system,” said Price in a statement on Friday.
“We must… ensure we are balancing the needs of our defence industry with those of the Australian Defence Force and that’s what this review will seek to do.”
The terms released this morning say this will consider “Do the ASDEFCON contracting suite and Defence’s procurement processes and practices remain contemporary and do they appropriately balance the needs of both the Australian defence industry and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) war fighter?”
(The full terms of reference can be seen here.)
The report by Andrew Staines (First Assistant Secretary, Procurement and Contracting) and Francesca Rush (Assistant Secretary, General Counsel – Commercial) is expected to be finalised mid-2021
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