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Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group

Key Achievements for 2004-05

During 2004-05, the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group:

  • provided training areas, ranges, environment and garrison services to the Australia-United States Exercise Talisman Sabre 05 and the Singaporean Exercise Wallaby 04;
  • delivered more than 600 individual estate upkeep and facilities maintenance works, fully expending the supplemented budget in 2004-05. These works were prioritised in accordance with the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS 4360:2004);
  • delivered upgraded safety control communications at 24 major Defence training areas in Australia;
  • achieved the gazettal of the Bradshaw Field Training Area as a Defence Practice Area. This achievement included the successful negotiation of a landmark Indigenous Land Use Agreement between the Commonwealth, traditional owners and the Northern Land Council. Bradshaw will now be developed to become the principal manoeuvre and live firing training facility for the Army's mechanised force;
  • implemented two significant business improvement reforms; the Defence Travel Card and the Invoice Scanning and Imaging System. The new travel card provides travellers with increased flexibility in arranging and paying for business travel, ensures prompt payments to suppliers and enables the recovery of the GST not previously achievable. The Invoice Scanning and Imaging System utilises optical character recognition technology to automate the payment of accounts resulting in the more timely payment of invoices. This has enabled centralisation of the payment function into two business centres in regional Victoria and South Australia, which has reduced the overall number of staff required to process payments but has created additional employment in these two regions;
  • finalised a new removals brokerage contract with Toll Transitions in June 2005, providing removals, storage, vehicle relocation and unpacking services. The new contract provides for an improved relocation service for around 21,000 Defence personnel who relocate each year. The contract also provides for increased utilisation of computer-based systems to complete removal requirements in a quicker time frame. The contract is based on specific performance criteria, includes a risk/reward regime and encourages Defence and industry innovation;
  • commenced the re-tendering process for the provision of garrison support and comprehensive maintenance services across Defence bases, to be completed in 2007. Two of 11 regions have transitioned to new contracts, with a third soon to commence transition. The contracts in these three regions represent an annual value of about $140m and provide for a level of small and medium enterprise involvement with benefits to the economies of several regional communities;
  • managed and oversaw around 50 environmental impact assessments for military equipment, exercises and infrastructure developments, approximately 35 contamination investigations and six collaborative research projects with the Centre for Environmental Risk and Remediation;
  • signed, in April 2005, the Land Development Cooperation Agreement between Defence and the South Australian Land Management Corporation for the sale of approximately 500 hectares of former Defence land at Edinburgh, South Australia. The land is being developed in cooperation with the three tiers of Government over the next 10-20 years;
  • completed a number of Capital Facilities Projects including the:
    • Canberra Intelligence Facilities Russell Offices, Australian Capital Territory ($16m);
    • RAAF Townsville Redevelopment Stage 2, Queensland ($72m);
    • Oakey Base Redevelopment, Queensland ($80m);
    • RAAF Edinburgh - Redevelopment Stage 1, South Australia ($41m);
    • RAAF Darwin - Base Redevelopment Stage 1, Northern Territory ($13m); and
    • Canberra Multi-User Depot, Australian Capital Territory ($13m);
  • progressed the tender process for the construction of the Headquarters Joint Operations Command facility following the approval of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works' Report into the project by the Parliament on 12 August 2004. Land for the facility, and the primary access road, were acquired by the Commonwealth on 22 March 2005. Tenders for the private financing components of the project have been received and are under evaluation. It is anticipated that the successful tenderer will be announced in early 2006.
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