We commission various policy experts to research and produce reports on the state of submarine manufacturing in Australia.

This section includes reports, submissions made to Parliamentary Inquiries, and Auditor General reviews. It also includes links to other reports from our inquiries and reviews.

June 13, 2021
Minimising Australia's submarine capability gap

Perhaps the biggest concern about the present situation with Australia’s future submarine program is the acute and growing probability of a capability gap. The first of the French ATTACK class submarines is not scheduled to enter service until 2035, but as a high risk, developmental design, it will almost inevitably be delayed. At the same […]

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October 31, 2020
Submission to Senate inquiry into naval shipbuilding

July 2020 and October 2020 In July 2020, Submarines for Australia made a Submission to the inquiry by the Senate Economics Reference Committee into Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding industry. A major theme of the Submissions was that while the government’s Defence Strategic Review and Force Structure Plan, published on 1 July 2020, provided a significant […]

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April 8, 2020
Submission to the JCPAA

In March 2020, Submarines for Australia, supported by an eminent group of experts, made a submission to the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit in the Australian Parliament. The Submission argued that the current acquisition strategy for 12 French-designed Attack class submarines was highly risky, extremely expensive and with a delivery schedule that was […]

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March 10, 2020
Australia’s Future Submarine

Do we need a Plan B? This major report, commissioned by Submarines for Australia, shows that Australia’s Future Submarine (FSM) project is extravagantly expensive, highly risky and, in an era of heightened tensions in the Indo Pacific, could compromise the future defence of Australia. It also proposes a Plan B risk mitigation strategy that should […]

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November 25, 2019
Why the RAN needs nuclear powered-submarines

Although the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, embarked on its maiden voyage as long as 65 years ago, still only six countries operate nuclear submarines today. These are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (US, China, Britain, France and Russia) together with India. These countries all have larger economies than Australia and […]

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November 25, 2019
Submission to the ANAO

Submarines for Australia made a detailed Submission to the Australian National Audit Office to inform its review of the SEA 1000 future submarine program. The Submission states that the government decision to eliminate competition while no more than an early concept design of the Attack class submarines existed had gifted a valuable monopoly position to the French […]

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November 20, 2019
Nuclear energy submission

A Parliamentary committee is currently examining whether there is a future role for nuclear energy in Australia. Submarines for Australia made a submission to the Inquiry (attached) that was accepted by the Committee at the end of September. The Australian government has operated a nuclear reactor for research purposes for many years. The reactor, which […]

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December 12, 2018
Four admirals write to the PM urging new approach to the future submarine

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September 27, 2017
Submarines For Australia

A report released today shows that Australia’s future submarine (FSM) project is extravagantly expensive, highly risky and, in an era of heightened tensions in the Asia Pacific, compromises the future defence of Australia. The report shows that the proposed acquisition will be Australia’s biggest ever defence acquisition project, will cost far more than necessary and, […]

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