Defence Test and Evaluation Strategy

Test and evaluation is used to obtain information to support the objective assessment of a system with known confidence. It confirms whether or not a risk is contained within acceptable boundaries across all stages of a system’s life cycle.

Within Defence, test and evaluation is a fundamental element of managing capability. It is used by the managers of Defence capabilities to inform risk-based capability decisions, from consideration of concepts, through requirements setting, acquisition, introduction into service, whilst in-service and through to disposal.

On 27 September 2021, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston AO RAN, launched the Defence Test and Evaluation Strategy.

The strategy provides a vision for test and evaluation across Defence, and articulates the desired 2030 future state of the capability.

Implementation will include opportunities for industry, other Government departments and academia to be involved. Stakeholder communication will be a key feature of the implementation of the strategy and further information will be made available as implementation progresses.


Defence Test and Evaluation Strategy (PDF, 9.27 MB) Defence Test and Evaluation Strategy summary (PDF, 5.1 MB)