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BUDGET 1999-2000 : Budget Paper No. 2 - Budget Measures : Part II: Expense Measures : Defence

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Defence New Priorities
Expense ($m)



The Government will progress initiatives to enable the Australian Defence Force to balance and enhance its capabilities in priority areas such as defeating air and maritime threats, strike and land forces.

Specifically, the Government has determined that:

  1. the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar Network project will be remediated through the introduction of a new contract management company and revised project management arrangements;
  2. concerns regarding the Collins Class Submarine project will be addressed through the contract and ongoing testing and trials;
  3. Defence Reform Programme savings will be reinvested to fund the expansion of the combat force;
  • it will support competitive remuneration rates through the development of a revised remuneration structure, in line with its commitment to give the Australian Defence Force a modern value-driven remuneration system;
  1. Defence will create an Office of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and additionally, some $ 10  million will be provided to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation to conduct research into RMA;  and
  • Defence will invest $ 23 million in chemical, biological and radiological defence.

These measures, which honour the Government's election commitments, will be absorbed within the Defence global budget.

These measures deliver on the Government's election commitment in Building Combat Capability