As First Assistant Secretary Shipbuilding and Sustainment Plan, Dan Fankhauser is responsible for leading development of the updated Naval Shipbuilding Plan for Government by the end of 2020.This update will provide further detail on the critical role of Australian industry in delivering a strong, sustainable and innovative naval shipbuilding industry in Australia.
Dan was recently seconded to Defence’s COVID-19 Task Force, leading the establishment of an Industry Support Cell to assist Australian businesses through the global pandemic.This included inter-departmental efforts to restore international airfreight capacity, the rapid procurement of critical medical supplies and protective equipment and initiatives to assist businesses to safely continue operations during COVID-19 restrictions and border closures.
Dan has held a range of senior and representational roles within Defence, including Assistant Secretary of the National Naval Shipbuilding Office and Secretariat of the Government’s independent expert Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.In this capacity, Dan led the establishment of the Naval Shipbuilding College with responsibility for driving collaboration across industry and the education and training sector Australia-wide to ensure a pipeline of job-ready workers to deliver the Government’s ambitious agenda for naval shipbuilding and sustainment.
Dan has extensive experience providing strategic advice to Government, including as Senior Capability and Industry Advisor to the Minister for Defence during the development and release of the 2009 Defence White Paper and as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence Materiel in 2010-11.
Dan served for more than a decade as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, qualifying first as a Bridge Watchkeeping Officer and later as a Mine Warfare specialist. Dan is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Master of Management (Governance) from the University of New South Wales.