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:
The annual turnover of Victoria’s defence supply industry is around AUD$1.5 billion and the industry directly employs around 6000 people1.
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.
Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about the defence supply industry in Victoria.
The following bodies represent various sectors within the industry: