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Corporate Governance

Defence Governance Framework

Senior Committees

Defence Procurement Advisory Board

The creation of the Defence Procurement Advisory Board arose from a recommendation of the Defence Procurement Review. The board's role is to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the Defence Procurement Review, and provide advice and support to the Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation on strategic issues relating to the direction and focus of objectives, planning management and structure of the Defence Materiel Organisation, including how best to achieve cultural change. The board is accountable to the Ministers for Defence and Finance and Administration, and reports to the Government on the implementation of all Defence Procurement Review recommendations. The inaugural meeting was held in March 2004.

In 2004-05, the committee consisted of four private sector members (one of which is the chair), the Secretaries of Defence, Finance and Treasury, and the Chief of the Defence Force. The Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation, Dr Stephen Gumley, attends as an ex officio member of the Board and a representative from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is present at all meetings.

The board held eight meetings in 2004-05.

Table 1.26 Defence Procurement Advisory Board Attendance
Members Meetings Held Meetings Attended*
Mr David Mortimer 8 8
Secretary (Mr Richard Smith) 8 8
Chief of the Defence Force (General Peter Cosgrove) 8 6
Dr Ian Watt 8 8
Dr Ken Henry 8 8
Mr Malcolm Kinnaird 8 7
Dr John White 8 3
Mr Kevin McCann 8 8

* As members are appointed personally to the board, substitutes are not permitted.

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