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Fortifying value in defence spending

Robb Partners has more than 20 years’ hands-on experience and capability working on Australian defence projects of all sizes, upscaling teams to cater for larger projects when required.


Risk assessments play a crucial role in the quantity surveying service we provide to ensure defence budgets are being utilised to their full potential. Additional levels of security required on defence projects can also impact overall planning, strategy and implementation of projects, all of which need to be factored into cost analysis.

Defence Project Experience:

AIR2025 Phase 6 Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN)

Client: Lucid Consulting Australia

Locations: Harts Range | Mount Everard, NT

Dates: 2017-2018

The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN)  is an Over the Horizon Radar (OTHR) that monitors Australia’s northern approach.

Robb Partners was engaged by the lead design services consultant to provide cost management and estimating services through the planning phase and assistance with contract variations through construction.


The project involved upgrades to existing operational bases, including:


  • New communications building.

  • New warehouse storage.

  • New maintenance consoles.

  • Refurbishment of the existing building to create new offices.

  • New water treatment plant to provide potable water from existing bores.

  • New electrical infrastructure to support operations.

  • New accommodation facilities for support personnel.

  • New Ionospheric Sounder Sites (ISS) across Australia to support the radar operation.

Exterior view of Keswick Army Barracks, Adelaide; a 3 storey red brick building featuring a crest and cream balcony pillars.

Estate Works Program – various projects

Client: Various

Locations: SA, Vic, NSW, NT, WA

Dates: 2019 - Present

The Department of Defence has been rolling out a program of works to upgrade and prolong the life of a number of assets across the country.


Robb Partners has been engaged by several delivery partners to provide estimating assistance from the scope and feasibility phase through to pre-tender.


We have been able to deliver services in short turnarounds, while always providing the level of detail and confidence required for the project management team to report to the Department of Defence on scope and price.

Space Surveillance Telescope

Client: Sitzler

Locations: Exmouth, WA

Dates: 2016

This defence project involved provision of a new advanced threat detection facility in regional WA. As part of the global Space Surveillance Network, this world-leading 360-degree telescope helps the Department of Defence better identify and track objects and potential threats in space, to predict and avoid potential collisions.


Robb Partners were engaged at the initial stages of this important project to prepare a budget, check estimates and supply contract management services for the successful contractor.

Robb Partners provides decades of trusted quantity surveying experience for defence projects across Australia.
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