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Statement on Chandler MacLeod and Defence Force recruiting contract.

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THE HON. GREG COMBET MP Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science


Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, noted today’s ASX announcement by Chandler MacLeod Group that it intends to terminate its recruiting services contract with Defence.

“Chandler Macleod Group (CMG) has announced it will seek, for commercial reasons, to terminate its contract with Defence for the provision of Australian Defence Force (ADF) recruiting services,” said Mr Combet.

“Defence will, subject to a number of conditions being satisfied, agree to the termination of its contract with CMG. Such conditions are, among other things, to ensure the continuity of ADF recruiting services.”

“I can assure all current applicants for enlistment and appointment that their applications will continue to be processed and that this current situation will not affect them joining the Navy, Army or Air Force.”

“Any potential applicants can continue to apply during this period. Defence is not turning anyone away from joining up whilst this transition takes place.”

“Defence will be in contact with all staff today about the announcement. Work will continue as usual for all Defence Force Recruiting Staff during this period.”

The terms of the exit agreement remain commercial-in-confidence.

“Defence has a robust plan in place to continue recruitment services and will now work with CMG to maintain ADF recruiting operations until other arrangements are finalised.”

“CMG will carry on until a new arrangement is in place - the aim being to conclude this by early 2010.”

“I note the statement from CMG in their announcement that they ‘are committed to working with DOD on a smooth transition process to ensure there is no impact on the achievement of recruitment targets’.”

CMG was awarded the recruiting services contract in July 2008 following an extensive and competitive open tender process conducted in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.

Media contacts: Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664