NSW Government appoints former Naval Commander as Director of Defence NSW

Media release | 18 May 2017

The NSW Government has appointed a former Royal Australian Navy Commander to drive efforts to grow the state's defence industry.

Commodore Peter Scott CSC, RANR has been appointed as the Director of Defence NSW, the new centralised government body within the Department of Industry charged with coordinating NSW defence industry efforts.

“I congratulate Commodore Scott on his appointment which will ensure NSW is well positioned to fully support Defence and grow our industry and jobs now and into the future,” NSW Minister for Industry Niall Blair said.

“Commodore Scott brings outstanding leadership to the role of establishing Defence NSW and implementing our NSW Defence and Industry Strategy across our State.”

Commodore Scott is a highly regarded military officer who recently retired from full time naval service after a distinguished career of more than 34 years that included multiple command appointments at sea and ashore.

His operational service included multiple Special Operations with the Submarine Arm as well as active service in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan during 2006 and 2007.

As the Director of General Submarines since 2013, Commodore Scott led efforts in the Navy’s highly successful Submarine Enterprise in a period of unprecedented expansion and exceptional performance.

In his new role, Commodore Scott will work with Air Marshal (Ret) John Harvey AM, the NSW Defence Advocate, to ensure the full range of NSW resources are fully employed to support Defence outcomes.

Commodore Scott, who starts in June 2017, said he was excited by the challenges ahead.

“I look forward to establishing the Defence NSW team and working in close partnership with the Australian Defence Force, Defence Industry, and our universities and research institutions to support Defence and drive greater investment and innovation in NSW,” Commodore Scott said.

“One key priority is to work closely with the defence industries and other key stakeholders to develop focused implementation plans that underpin the recently released NSW Defence and Industry Strategy.

“The Strategy is focused on supporting Defence in achieving its objectives and driving growth in the defence industries. This includes enabling better participation of NSW businesses in domestic and global supply chains and increasing competitiveness through collaboration between industry and research institutions.

“A key part is working closely with the Commonwealth and other States and Territories to adopt a truly national approach in delivering Defence and industry outcomes,” he said.

Further background on Commodore Peter Scott CSC, RANR

  • Peter Scott joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman in 1983.
  • Specialising as a seaman officer and submariner, he served in command of HMAS Submarines Collins and Dechaineux between 1998 and 2003.
  • Other Command appointments have included service as Commander of the Submarine Task Group, Commander of the Surface Task Group, and the inaugural Commander of the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre.
  • He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College, the Queensland University of Technology, the National Security College, and the University of New South Wales, where he holds a bachelor degree and a Masters in Strategy and Management.
  • Commodore Scott’s operational service includes multiple Special Operations with the Submarine Arm as well as active service in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan during 2006 and 2007.
  • He was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the Australia Day Honours List 2008, having previously been decorated with the Conspicuous Service Cross for achievements in command of HMAS Collins.
  • For the past three and a half years, Commodore Scott served as Director General Submarines in Navy Strategic Command and Head of the Submarine Profession.
  • He lives in Sydney with his wife Shaunaugh Worthington and daughter Laura.  His outdoor interests include cycling and competing in the occasional ultra-marathon.

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