Modern, Innovative and Secure Infrastructure
The 2017 Naval Shipbuilding Plan highlighted Infrastructure as a key enabler in the delivery of naval capabilities set out in the 2016 Defence White paper. Following recommendations from the RAND report, Australia's Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise – Preparing for the 21st century, the Government announced that shipbuilding would focus on two principal shipyards in Australia:
- Osborne Naval Shipyard, South Australia comprised of Osborne South – a generic, flexible shipyard for the construction of major surface combatants and Osborne North – the bespoke future submarine construction yard; and
- Henderson Maritime Precinct, Western Australia – for the construction of minor naval vessels.
In the pursuit of a new, more flexible means of investing in naval-related infrastructure, the Government established Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) in March 2017 as a Government Business Enterprise responsible for the ownership and management of this infrastructure, on behalf of the Commonwealth.
Since the release of the 2017 Naval Shipbuilding Plan, the Government has made significant progress in the development and upgrade of infrastructure supporting the continuous naval shipbuilding enterprise. This has included:
- Considerable progress in the development of Osborne South via ANI’s Managing Contractor, Lendlease currently leading the construction of new facilities to be completed by early 2020 in time to meet the commencement of the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Ongoing progress of this project can be found on ANI's website.
- In December 2018, ANI awarded the Managing Contractor Contract to Liang O’Rourke for Phase 1 development activities for the future submarine construction yard at Osborne North. These activities have commenced and will continue to progress throughout 2019.
- As announced by the Government in October 2018, a significant investment will be made in naval related infrastructure both on and off Defence premises to support existing and new capability such as the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels and the Hunter Class Frigates. This investment is estimated to total $1.5 billion.
- Defence will continue to participate in a collaborative effort being led by the West Australian State Government to develop a Henderson Maser Plan including the Henderson Maritime Precinct which will progress through 2019.