Public and in-camera hearings have been announced for two Department of Defence projects at Royal Australian Air Force Base Learmonth and Australian Defence Force Academy in 2024.
Under the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the parliamentary standing committee on public works will consider two new referrals from the Department of Defence and the committee will conduct public and in-camera hearings for the inquiries in 2024.
The projects include the $662.2 million RAAF Base Learmonth Redevelopment Enabling KC-30A Operations at Exmouth, Western Australia. The works include airfield upgrades to support KC-30A operations and improve overall airfield resilience.
It also includes the $1.25 billion Canberra Defence Precinct Tranche 1 Australian Defence Force Academy Living-in Accommodation Project in Canberra, ACT. It involves replacing existing living-in accommodation facilities and associated infrastructure at ADFA with contemporary, safe, and suitable accommodation that will support the recruitment, retention, and wellbeing of trainee officers.
“Public submissions and the public hearings will allow the committee to review the purpose, need, and public value of the proposed works,” according to committee chair Graham Perrett.
The committee would like to hear from all individuals or organisations interested in the project, with the deadline for public submissions on 29 January 2024.
The announcement follows a number of recent defence announcements.
These include an Australian Border Force security surveillance and detection contract, announced on 28 November, seeking a service provider to provide a rotary wing capability service to inform maritime domain awareness.
The contract includes personnel, helicopters, sensors, hangars, refuelling, and operating facilities to achieve an initial operational capability by 1 July 2024 and full operational capability by 1 January 2025.
The “turnkey” service is expected to respond to targets of interest and conduct other response and logistics support missions throughout the area of operations (in Queensland and the Northern Territory).
The Department of Defence has also announced an advertising contract on 20 November, with a closing date of 4 February next year.
The contract advises that Defence Force Recruitment is planning to approach the market for the provision of creative advertising and digital services, to replace a current arrangement that expires in March 2025.
The advertising contract aims to use a combination of creative advertising and digital services that supports Defence Force Recruitment to recruit the right people, in the right numbers, at the right time for the Australian Defence Force in order to build, sustain, and maximise Defence capability.