Last month, the Federal Government announced the much-anticipated 2023 Defence Strategic Review and its key recommendations.
The review highlights the urgent need for the remediation of bases across Northern Australia, including work on hardening and dispersal, runway and apron capacity, fuel storage and supply, aviation fuel supply and storage, GWEO storage, connectivity, accommodation and life support, and security.
Recent severe floods have highlighted the importance of well-maintained resilient civil infrastructure, including ports and roads that support these bases, and the need for the ability to restore such infrastructure quickly when lost or interrupted during severe weather events.
The review suggests leveraging the capabilities offered by civil minerals and petroleum resources infrastructure, including those being considered for decommissioning. The concept of horizontal capability transfer between sectors is a principle that ICN has built strongly upon for decades. In Northern Australia, many businesses are excelling in servicing the growing resource sector. These businesses have transferable services against that which Defence requires.
To support the Defence industry and encourage faster capability delivery, the need to minimise the burden of working with Defence for small and medium enterprises is one that ICN agrees with. Additionally, acquisition processes must consider Australian industry content when it makes strategic sense and delivers capability outcomes on time.
For ICN to be able to assess your business’s capability and potential suitability to engage in these upcoming Defence projects, your ICN profile must be up to date with all your relevant business information – and recent experience.
Acting Chief Executive Officer