The first stage of work to modernise Headquarters Joint Operations Command’s (HQJOC) General John Baker Complex at Bungendore has begun.

Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Greg Bilton and Deputy Secretary Security and Estate Group Celia Perkins recently conducted a sod-turning ceremony to mark the beginning of the work.

The first stage of the project will include the creation of additional car parks, interim security works, construction of a solar farm, and site preparation for future works.

Stage 2 works, anticipated to commence this year following government approval, will deliver an extension to the main operations building, a new multi-agency collaboration facility, on-site operational accommodation and amenities, and upgrades to mess and fitness facilities.

Lieutenant General Bilton said the project represented a significant step-change in ADF joint operations.

“The future of ADF joint operations requires a greater focus on speed, capacity, resilience and agility in order to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving operational and geo-strategic environment,” Lieutenant General Bilton said.

HQJOC was established in 2004 to plan and execute ADF operations.

Construction of the Bungendore complex began in 2006 under a public-private partnership with Praeco Pty Ltd.

The General John Baker Complex was officially opened on March 7, 2009, with Praeco contracted to sustain the site until 2036.

Praeco has since sub-contracted the ongoing operation and maintenance of the facilities to Downer Defence.

This current work is being delivered through the collaborative efforts of staff from HQJOC and Security and Estate Group using an integrated project management team model.

Ms Perkins said Security and Estate Group was pleased to be supporting the future of ADF joint operations.

“The success of the General John Baker Complex Capability Assurance Program clearly reflects the close working relationship between staff from HQJOC and Security and Estate Group, in partnership with industry,” Ms Perkins said.