Professionals Australia’s Director David Smith has responded to a leaked audit showing gaps in technical capacity in the Defence Materiel Organisation, in today’s Canberra Times.
Professionals Australia ACT Director David Smith, in his capacity of representing Defence engineers, said the report highlighted the risks of having less in-house expertise and the “hollowing out of engineering capability”.
Public servants fear two current reviews into Defence will support large-scale outsourcing resulting in more redundancies in the bureaucracy rather than address critical shortages in science and engineering
Professionals Australia has made a detailed submission to the Defence White Paper 2015 and the First Principles Review, advocating for the rebuilding of engineering expertise and capacity across Defence, including DMO.
“DMO is trying to do what it can to fix the gaps but can’t because of recruitment limits which, in themselves, are making Defence less of an appealing place to be,” Mr Smith said.
“The consequences of not fixing the gaps go to safety of Defence personnel, effectiveness of national security capability and billions of taxpayer dollars.”
As one of our senior members put it: “Under-resourced projects due to [staff] cutbacks will mean that there will be often one engineer working on a large body of work and if they leave or are sick, there is no one to pick up the work. Corners are being cut due to projects being under-resourced.”
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