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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1286


Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:28): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to parliament: the Australian Federal Police Facility Security Enhancement Project.

The Australian Federal Police's property portfolio is a key enabler of the Federal Police's capabilities, enhancing the organisation's readiness, capacity and ability to carry out its responsibilities for law enforcement, investigations and national security.

A recent vulnerability assessment determined that eight AFP facilities were high-risk and required strengthening to reduce the threat of unauthorised access. As a result, the AFP proposes to undertake refurbishment and construction works on owned and leased premises. Refurbishment and construction works will focus on improvised explosive device protection, intruder resistance protection and system response capability. Providing secure facilities is a critical component of property being an enabler for the AFP to deliver its services at a level expected by the Australian government.

The committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth and constitutes a project that is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for once again undertaking a rigorous and timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, the works are expected to commence in February 2017 and to be completed by December 2017. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.