Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib Appointed As Defence And Security Advocate

Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib Appointed As Defence And Security Advocate

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Defence Advocate To Fight For Territory Jobs

Victor P Taffa

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced the appointment of a former senior defence official, Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib, as the Northern Territory’s first Defence and National Security Advocate.

Ms. Staib’s role will be to position the Territory to benefit from $20 Billion of Defence construction projects which are planned for the Northern Territory over the next 20 years and to maximise opportunities from other Defence investments.

Gunner Territory Government is establishing a team in Canberra to be led by Air Vice Marshal Staib to step-up its engagement with Defence and ensure the Northern Territory capitalises on current and future Defence opportunities.

“We have listened to the construction industry about the need for this position and taken action it’s an investment in job creation right across the Northern Territory which is what we promised.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“Northern Territory has a strong construction industry with the capacity and proven capability to deliver construction projects and supply goods and services that meet the needs of the Australian and US Defence forces.”

“I want to make sure local businesses get the best shot at defence contracts and that we see literally thousands of jobs created here over the next 20 years it will be Ms. Staib’s role to advise the Northern Territory Government on how to best position the Territory and local industry to secure this investment.”

“With $20 Billion in defence construction projects planned for the Territory, and more than $1 Billion of the program already contracted, US Defence is about to commence its first construction procurement.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

Establishment of a Defence and National Security Advocate was a recommendation of the Brodersen review, which was undertaken to help better position the Territory to capitalise on Defence projects.

Chief Minister Gunner said the Northern Territory Government is working in partnership with Master Builders Australia, the Australian Industry and Defence Network, the Industry Capability Network and the Chamber of Commerce to capture opportunities from the Defence presence.

“We can provide world class products and services locally, which mean we can produce a quality product for our Defence customers with the added benefit of local knowledge.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

Other measure being implemented to support the Northern Territory’s bid for more Defence work includes:

  • Delivering training workshops to assist local Northern Territory Defence Support businesses get ready to compete for US Defense tendered construction work;
  • Boosting the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation’s DefenceNT team to deliver additional strategic policy, planning and engagement functions;
  • Funding to support the Australian Industry Defence Network NT (AIDN NT), including $30,000 to support the recruitment of a new CEO;
  • Funding the Industry Capability Network NT (ICN NT) to undertake a US Navy supply chain analysis to determine service and supply opportunities ($80,000);
  • Developing a Defence Engagement Plan in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, ICN NT, AID NT and the Master Builder Association;
  • Funding AIDN NT to run specific Defence contractor training in Katherine and regional areas.