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Defence Supply Industry in Victoria, Australia


Victoria is one of the Asia Pacific region's leading areas for defence industry supply. A strong group of manufacturing, design, systems integration, and logistics firms in Victoria offer a range of products, technologies and services to the defence industry both in Australia and around the globe.

Victorian companies are contributing to some of the world's biggest defence projects, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle, Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) and Airwarfare Destroyer (AWD) projects.

Victoria's defence capabilities include:

  • military vehicle design, manufacture and support 
  • naval shipbuilding and warship design 
  • electronic systems design and support, including expertise in complex systems integration 
  • munitions and missile systems 
  • aerospace design, electronics, manufacture, support and overhaul 
  • land systems design, manufacture and support 
  • personal equipment design, including uniforms and body armour.

Industry size

The annual turnover of Victoria’s defence supply industry is around AUD$1.5 billion and the industry directly employs around 6000 people1.

Government initiatives to support Victoria’s defence supply industry

Over the next ten years, the Australian Defence Force will spend around $150 billion on defence equipment. This will mean many new opportunities for Victorian enterprises but it also presents industry with the challenge of developing the skills needed for large-scale, highly complex projects using new and emerging technologies.

The Victorian Government is committed to skilling local industry by making it easier to access subsidised training that meets industry needs. The Victorian Training Guarantee facilitates access to subsidised training for people who do not hold a post-school qualification or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold. Eligible applicants can receive an average subsidy of between 70-90 per cent of their course fees. 


See the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists for Victoria for eligible occupations, including requirements for specific occupations.

Visit our Visas and Immigrating section for detailed information about the minimum eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and the application process for Victorian visa nomination.