The Defence estate is one of the largest and most complex landholdings in Australia, accounting for over 700 owned and leased properties and 25,000 assets. As part of Defence’s estate stewardship obligations, creating a compliant and safe estate is integral to supporting Defence capability and operations.
Defence has an obligation to meet a range of legislative, regulatory and government policy requirements in developing and managing the estate – from compliance standards to conformance-based policy. Due to the size and complexity of the Defence estate and capability acquisition programs, Defence is also required to determine the right resources and investment decisions that will ensure a safe and fit-for-purpose estate.
The purpose of the EEGIS is to effectively manage safety risks and hazards, while ensuring fit-for-purpose and compliant facilities that support Defence capability and operations.
The intent of the EEGIS is to strengthen relationships between Defence and industry across the capability life-cycle: where industry assures engineering compliance obligations are fulfilled, while Defence makes it easy to comply.
A review of Defence estate engineering policy and compliance functions was conducted in early 2018. The review recommended that the EEGIS is developed as a policy framework, driven by the estate life-cycle that sets clear compliance and conformance standards to meet Defence’s unique capability and critical infrastructure requirements. Follow this link for a copy of the summary report.
The EEGIS was endorsed by the Estate and Infrastructure Project Steering Group on Friday 28 June 2019.
The EEGIS Information Handbook provides guidance to project officers, policy owners, industry and maintainers on how to engage together to build compliance, risk and assurance activities into the estate life-cycle.
The EEGIS Handbook also consists of support material and tools that can be used to guide decision-making. All support material and tools can be found here.
One of the key benefits of EEGIS is that advice and feedback provided by policy holders is kept in a centralised repository. This will assist individual projects track and resolve issues but also allow centralised auditing and lessons learnt across multiple projects and stages of the estate life-cycle. When submitting any documentation for review by EEGIS stakeholders, please provide a link to your EEGIS Feedback Document in the repository.
If your project or estate base plan does not have an EEGIS Feedback Document, you can create one with the following steps:
For further enquiries, please contact:
Or Director of Estate Engineering and Policy
Phone: James Steinberg, Director Estate Engineering Policy on 6266 8178.