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Thursday, 24 May 2018
Page: 4545

Mr COLEMAN (BanksAssistant Minister for Finance) (11:05): 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: Jindalee Operational Radar Network Phase 6 facilities project.

The Department of Defence is proposing to undertake a number of infrastructure works at Jindalee Operational Radar Network sites in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. The surveillance of Australia's air and sea space is a fundamental responsibility of the Australian Defence Force, and this surveillance capability is critical to providing border security through the detection, validation and tracking of air and surface targets. The 2016 Defence white paper noted the importance of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network and advised of the government's intention to upgrade the network. The works proposed will significantly upgrade the network's capability and effectiveness in line with innovation and technological advancements.

The total estimated cost of the infrastructure project is $50.7 million excluding GST. This includes management and design fees, construction costs, furniture, fittings and equipment, information and communications technology, contingencies, risk and escalation provisions. The project will employ a diverse range of skilled consultants, contractors and construction workers, with up to approximately 200 personnel and an average construction workforce of up to approximately 15 personnel. Subject to parliamentary approval of the project, construction is planned to commence in early 2019 and be completed by late 2020. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.