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Minister's Message

Australian Minister for Defence Message

Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Defence, Australia

The 2016 Defence White Paper laid out very clearly the Government’s plan to create a more capable, potent and agile Australian Defence Force in order to meet the demands of a more contested and challenging future strategic environment. To meet those challenges, effective collaboration between Defence and Industry is vital.

In the period since the release of the White Paper we have made significant progress on implementing our plan and delivering these capabilities.          

This includes the introduction into service of the Air Warfare Destroyers, F/A-18G Growlers, and P-8A Poseidons.

We have also made significant decisions to acquire our Future Submarines, Offshore Patrol Vessels, Hunter class frigates, Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for Army, the MQ-4C Triton, our Short Range Ground-Based Air Defence and more.

The Turnbull Government is delivering on our plans to create a more capable and cutting edge ADF, and we are delivering on our plans to create a sovereign continuous naval shipbuilding industry.

This is an ambitious program of delivery that will provide significant opportunities for Australian industry and it will be vital for Defence and Industry to work hand-in-glove. It’s for this reason that the Turnbull Government has formally recognised industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability.

The future for Defence and Industry is a close one.

 

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

Parliament House, Canberra ACT

 

New Zealand Minister of Defence Message

Hon Ron Mark
Minister of Defence, New Zealand

Recent years have seen changes in the issues and priorities New Zealanders identify as nationally significant. A conversation is underway on how to prioritise the investments this Government is making on behalf of its people.

One thing is clear, our people are at the heart of what we do. Protection of our Defence Force personnel – particularly those serving overseas – is a top priority.

The New Zealand Government is focused firmly on ensuring that our nation has the ability to respond to matters of defence and security, and to maintain and enhance our ability to provide humanitarian assistance disaster relief when it is needed.

There is a range of global issues and challenges that we, along with our allies and our friends, are facing. There is an expectation, reflected in New Zealand, that we will continue to contribute meaningfully. For this to happen, a modern, well-trained and well-equipped Defence Force is a fundamental requirement.

How to achieve this was considered in depth in the build up to the release of the last Defence Capability Plan. Since 2016 this document has underpinned New Zealand’s programme for upgrading our defence capability.

The programme to deliver and introduce new capability is well underway and the New Zealand Government has reinforced its broad support for the Defence Capability Plan. It will be reviewed in 2018 with the aim of reinforcing confidence that these significant projects represent the best investment in new or upgraded capabilities. We want to provide New Zealanders with the reassurance that, once made, decisions on investment will be delivered on time, within scope and to budget.

To support and enable this to happen, a strong and capable local industry base is needed. Maintaining and building trans-Tasman relationships is a core part of this.

To support industry, a portal has been created through the Ministry of Defence website (www.defence.govt.nz) through which companies and find others with common interest in projects. This portal provides companies with the opportunity to express their interest in New Zealand’s defence projects. They can then use this as an avenue through which connection between interested industry groups can be fostered.

From there, the options for exploring both traditional and proven approaches to engaging with each other about projects are available, along with innovative ways of working together to deliver the capability that New Zealand needs.

 

Hon. Ron Mark

Minister of Defence

Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160