ABOUT THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY
Implementing a continuous naval shipbuilding program commencing with 9 future frigates, 12 future submarines and 12 offshore patrol vessels, all built in Australia.
Investing in advanced training, modern equipment, as well as health care and logistics systems to support Australian Defence Force personnel.
Delivering a more potent air combat and air strike capability to support the future air combat fleet, including the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Building our next generation of armoured fighting vehicles and protected mobility vehicles.
Significantly enhancing our capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space, electronic warfare and cyber.
ABOUT THE WORKFORCE
Defence is developing an Industry Skilling and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strategy to help the defence industry have the right skills at the right time to help deliver the Government’s $200 billion investment in defence capability.
The School Pathways Programs (SPP) help to increase the pool of young people ready to move from school into further education, apprenticeships, internships, scholarships and part-time work/study combinations in defence industry.
The Naval Shipbuilding College will open in 2018, providing courses and retraining for individuals wanting to be part of the naval shipbuilding enterprise.
The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) works with small businesses to help improve business capabilities, including advice and funding for skills development for their existing workforce.
The Defence Engineering Internship Program, designed to increase engineering students’ level of interest and participation in defence industry, particularly with small to medium enterprises.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES AND INNOVATORS
The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) works with Australian businesses to help them understand potential defence industry opportunities and provide assistance on improving business capabilities. They provide advice to those who have never worked with Defence before, as well as assisting those already working in the defence industry.
The Defence Innovation Hub and Next Generation Technologies Fund have been established to facilitate innovation and research to maintain the Australian Defence Force’s warfighting advantage. Read more on the CDIC website.
The Naval Shipbuilding Plan sets out the vision for delivering the sovereign Australian naval shipbuilding industry required to deliver the continuous naval shipbuilding program over the coming decades.
The Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) focuses on SMEs, works with Defence to influence policy and maximise SME involvement in Defence procurement. AIDN has a national presence, but largely operates out of state and territory chapters.
The Australian Industry Group Defence Council advocates for small and large business in the Australian defence industry, as well as fostering the relationship between Defence and industry by providing a range of support activities.
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