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Government welcomes ANAO Report into Submarines

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The ANAO published a performance audit on Thursday, April 27 that looked into the future submarine competitive evaluation process.

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of Defence’s design and implementation of arrangements to select a preferred Strategic Partner for the Future Submarines Program.

Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry said the ANAO Report has independently verified that Defence effectively designed and implemented a competitive evaluation process to select an international partner for the Future Submarine Program.

“The ANAO’s findings clearly demonstrate that the Competitive Evaluation Process was a fit-for-purpose process and was effectively implemented by Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

“Sovereignty over the operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine was a key consideration, as was the requirement to maximise Australian industry involvement without compromising capability, cost or schedule.”

The Turnbull Government has made significant inroads since the Government’s announcement on 26 April 2016 that DCNS had been selected as Australia’s international partner said Minister Pyne.

“The Government is well and truly ahead of schedule at this stage with the Future Submarine Project. On September 30 2016, we signed the Design and Mobilisation Contract with DCNS and announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the Future Submarine Combat System Integrator.”

Defence, DCNS and Lockheed Martin Australia have since been working together on the design of the Future Submarine, all 12 of which will be constructed in Australia, using Australian steel, a local supply chain, creating thousands of jobs across the country.

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