In 2002-03, Defence introduced a new infrastructure asset development process in order to improve transparency and accountability to the Government, provide better scope definition, more robust cost estimates, better risk consideration and mitigation, and improved whole-of-life and ecologically sustainable development of projects. As part of this process, projects are now subject to more detailed development and costing before they are submitted for Government or departmental approval. In the transition to the new process, a number of projects which were initially brought forward at a much earlier stage of development, and thus listed in previous portfolio budget statements, have been reconsidered and processed through the new system. One of the effects of this change is that programmed expenditure on many projects has been delayed in the transition to the new process.
Significant Current Facilities Projects
The following table and descriptions provide details on progress and expenditure in 2002-03 for major facilities projects, ie for those projects with a budget exceeding $6m.