Plans for a major regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy commenced at the Department of Defence this year. The first Naval Shipbuilding Plan is a $90 billion program involving the largest redevelopment of the Royal Australian Navy since the Second World War.
Submarines and surface vessels will be built at Osborne in South Australia, while minor surface vessels will be constructed at Henderson in Western Australia. The Naval Shipbuilding Plan is part of the government’s 2016 Defence White Paper. It involves all states and territories, Defence industry and the education and training sector.
Looking ahead to 2018, the journey of cultural reform continues at the Department of Defence. The latest iteration of Defence’s cultural reform strategy, Pathway to Change: Evolving Defence Culture 2017 – 2022 focuses on leaders being accountable for creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture.