Expert panel for submarine selection

Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Sheean sails through Cockburn Sound as they prepare to berth alongside HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)
HMAS Sheean sails through Cockburn Sound as they prepare to berth alongside HMAS Stirling.

An Expert Advisory Panel has been established to oversee the competitive evaluation process for Australia’s future submarine.

The panel will assure the Government that the competitive evaluation process remains sound, is conducted in accordance with probity and accountability principles, and that participants have been treated fairly and equitably.

France, Germany and Japan have confirmed their participation as potential international partners in the program. The panel members are:

  • Professor Donald Winter, a former US Navy Secretary;
  • The Honourable Julie Anne Dodds‑Streeton, a former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia;
  • Ron Finlay, one of Australia’s leading infrastructure specialists with extensive legal experience; and
  • Jim McDowell, a member of the First Principles Review team with extensive Defence experience.

These advisers share extensive experience in complex military acquisition programs, legal and probity matters, and major projects.

Earlier this year, Defence advised Australia would need an international partner to deliver the future submarine program and that a competitive evaluation would provide the best opportunity for Australian industry to maximise its involvement  without compromising capability, cost, schedule or risk.

Significant work is expected to be undertaken in Australia during the build phase of the future submarine including combat systems integration, design assurance and land based testing. This will result in the creation of at least 500 new high-skilled jobs in Australia, the majority of which will be in South Australia.