The Submarine Advisory Committee (SAC) provides independent critical peer review of the current and projected submarine capability to validate existing plans and actions to Defence, and this advice enables early identification of areas of weakness. The Committees review of submarine matters will ensure that plans and decisions in this area are critically reviewed by personnel with submarine experience, complementing the role of the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board. The Committee is empowered to review within their agreed Terms of Reference, the totality of the submarine capability, including acquisition, capability, workforce (Navy, APS, and industry), and classified submarine operations. The SAC Members are appointed jointly by the Ministers for Defence and Defence Industry, and report to the Secretary of Defence and Chief of Defence Force.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under


  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    4 December 2017

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Member ADML Kirkland H Donald 4 December 2017 31 December 2020
Member RADM Mick Uzzell 4 December 2017 31 December 2020
Member CDRE Steve Davies 4 December 2017 31 December 2020
Member Mr Fred Harris 4 December 2017 31 December 2020
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