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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2917

Mr GRAY (BrandSpecial Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity) (10:37): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report:

Defence Science and Technology Organisation Human Protection Performance Division security and facilities upgrade, Fishermans Bend, Melbourne, Victoria.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation—DSTO—is a lead defence organisation agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests. In addition to the specialist advice and innovative solutions DSTO provides to the Australian Defence Force—the ADF—the expertise that resides in DSTO also delivers unique capabilities to support the Australian government's broader national security requirements.

The DSTO Human Protection Performance Division—HPPD—is located at the DSTO Melbourne site, which is also known as DSTO Fishermans Bend. The mission of HPPD is the application of innovative science to improve the protection and performance of personnel in physically challenging environments. The HPPD security facilities upgrade project proposes to enhance site security at DSTO Fishermans Bend and to rectify inadequacies in existing facilities in order to improve the HPPD's ability to generate capability in support of the ADF and other Australian government organisations and agencies. The estimated out-turned cost for the project is $41.1 million plus GST, and will provide new and refurbished facilities and infrastructure at the DSTO Fishermans Bend site.

Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in mid-2013 and be completed by early 2016. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.