Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds has announced the appointment of Civmec’s Executive Chairman, James Fitzgerald, to the Board of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

The CDIC is an initiative of the Defence Industry Policy Statement. Its purpose is to help transform the defence and industry relationship, facilitate innovation and exports, and fund defence industry development, critical defence business maturity and skilling.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr Fitzgerald to the CDIC Advisory Board. Mr Fitzgerald is committed to Australian manufacturing and has a strong belief in the training and development of people,” said Minister Reynolds.

The CDIC Advisory Board brings together Australian defence industry leaders and senior public sector representatives to provide guidance and strategic direction for the CDIC, including:

  • recommendations on industry development projects that build the capability and capacity of Australian industry to support Defence requirements;
  • consideration of current defence skilling programs and recommendations on the future structure and delivery models;
  • evaluation of outcomes to ensure CDIC activities align with Defence’s strategic priorities and deliver on their intent; and
  • provision of advice to government on the development of sustainable defence industrial capability in line with Australia’s defence priorities.

“I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to join the Board and contribute to the development of Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” said Mr Fitzgerald.