Rizzo Review

The Rizzo Review resulted in the Plan to Reform, Support Ship Repair and Management Practices report to improve Defence’s accountability, procurement and sustainment practices.

The review was conducted by an independent external reviewer Mr Paul J Rizzo, who was supported by Air Vice Marshall Neil Smith (Rtd) and Rear Admiral Brian Adams (Rtd). The Secretariat was led by Mr Lee Walton.

The report includes twenty four recommendations. The following seven are strategic in scope:

  • Formalise asset and sustainment methodologies.
  • Take whole‐of‐life decisions.
  • Establish closer working arrangements between Defence and Defence Material Organisation.
  • Establish an integrated risk management system.
  • Rebuild Navy engineering capability.
  • Reinstate the cultural importance of technical integrity.
  • Confirm Defence Capability Plan (Maritime) Resourcing.


Plan to Reform Support Ship Repair and Management Practices (PDF, 1.9 MB)