Joint Media Release

Australian Naval Infrastructure Up And Running

MC 30/17

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Christopher Pyne
Minister for Defence Industry
Member for Sturt

14 June 2017

In October 2016, the Government announced the separation of ASC to deliver a more flexible approach to managing the investment required in shipbuilding infrastructure to support the Government’s historic continuous shipbuilding program.

In March, the Government established Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) Pty Ltd, which will facilitate the development and construction of new infrastructure at the Osborne shipbuilding facility as outlined in the Naval Shipbuilding Plan released on 16 May 2017.

The Government has appointed Mr David Knox as interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ANI for a period of three months, commencing 13 June 2017. 

Mr Knox has more than 30 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry and will bring significant skills and experience to ANI as it commences its operations.

He is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Santos and holds executive positions including Director of the CSIRO.

The Government recognises the significant value to our nation of a skilled naval shipbuilding workforce. The Government is investing in the skills and knowledge base of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry, and is committed to a long-term investment to make sure this important industry enjoys a sustainable future in Australia and that these critical skills are maintained.

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Media Contact(s): 

For Minister Cormann - Karen Wu - 0428 350 139
For Minister Pyne – Rory Grant – 0439 764 809