Operating under the provisions of the Public Works Act 1969, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) holds enquiries into Commonwealth funded public works that the Australian Parliament refers to the PWC. The PWC's investigation and subsequent report provides the basis for Parliamentary approval for projects to proceed (that it is 'expedient to proceed').
The PWC scrutinises Defences projects because they are funded by the Commonwealth. The PWC process is a key way for Parliament and the public (through their elected representatives) to scrutinise Defence projects to ensure the appropriate expenditure of public monies.
Director General Capital Facilities Infrastructure (DGCFI) is Defence's principal point of contact for all PWC matters and is the Defence lead witness at PWC enquiries. The Staff Officer to Director General Capital Facilities and Infrastructure (SO DGCFI) is responsible for coordination of PWC matters.
DGEP will schedule briefs by DGCFI on DEC Agenda as soon as practical after Parliamentary approval for each project. DGCFI's briefs will be minuted as part of normal DEC business processes. Parliamentary Works Committee Process including stakeholders.
As part of Defence's project development and approval process, major capital facilities projects expected to cost over $15 million (inclusive of GST) must be referred to the PWC.
Before your project can be referred to the PWC you must have project approval through (Cabinet/MINDEF or Two Minister MINDEF and MINFIN). Confirm that your project is a public work that and your project will need PWC referral. You must allow sufficient time for the referral process to be completed. Pre-planning for the PWC process should commence when the project's EIP is complete. The PWC process takes approximately six months, so you need to ensure that there is sufficient time in your project schedule for the PWC process to be completed.
The PWC's Manual of Procedures for Departments and Agencies identifies six tasks in the PWC process: