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Assistant Minister for Defence
Senator for South Australia

Media Release
9 April 2019

Defence Force School of Signals Redevelopment Project Contract Awarded and Sod Turning Ceremony

Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, today announced Defence has awarded a head contract for construction works under the Defence Force School of Signals Redevelopment Project.

The $14.8 million contract was awarded to an Indigenous company, National Aboriginal Construction Partnership Projects (NACP).

Assistant Minister Fawcett said the engagement of NACP as head contractor for the works demonstrated the Government’s continuous commitment to providing opportunities for Indigenous Australians and Indigenous enterprises.

“The Defence Force School of Signals is the Australian Defence Force’s principal communications and information systems and electronic warfare training establishment,” Assistant Minister Fawcett said.

“NACP will deliver a new training facility at Simpson Barracks, Watsonia and minor Information and Communications Technology (ICT) works at HMAS Cerberus, Mornington Peninsula.”

“Local businesses, suppliers and trades would be given an opportunity to be involved in the construction works, including supply of goods and services.”

“NACP Projects has developed a local industry capability plan with a target of 85 per cent of sub-contract packages to be awarded to businesses within the Melbourne Metro area.”

Construction is scheduled to commence later this month and completion is anticipated by early 2020.