Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox and Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Deputy Secretary Tony Fraser signed the Engagement and Negotiation Principles in Canberra today on behalf of defence industry and Defence.
The agreement articulates a set of core principles, values and shared objectives for engagement between Defence and all defence industry participants. It provides guidance on expected behaviours underpinning engagements and negotiations during the procurement process.
"This document has been developed collaboratively between Defence and industry and is underpinned by strong commitment from all involved," Mr Willox said. "It creates a solid base for strengthened, enhanced and more positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect."
Mr Fraser said both Defence and the Australian Government were committed to the development of a robust, resilient and internationally competitive Australian industry base and that the signing of the Principles would further strengthen the link between Defence and industry.
"Durable relationships between Defence and industry are critical to the development and growth of defence industry and ultimately the achievement of Australia's defence capability goals," Mr Fraser said.
A copy of the agreement is available here
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