Strategic plan launched to grow WA’s defence industry and create jobs

by WA Government News | Oct 30, 2018
  • Western Australia Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan launched today at the Indo-Pacific Defence Conference
  • Plan includes six key strategies to continue to grow WA's defence industry to diversify the economy and create jobs
  • Strategy capitalises on WA's world-leading manufacturing and technological capabilities
  • The plan includes the establishment of a new Defence Science Centre in WA

Premier Mark McGowan has launched the Western Australia Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan during his address at the inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference.

The strategy represents the first time a Western Australian Government has committed to a strategic plan dedicated to defence and the defence industry, bringing WA in line with every other State and jurisdiction in the country.

It demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment as a major supporter of the nation's defence requirements.

The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the State's defence industry as a priority area to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians.

The priorities for assisting the defence sector are centred on harnessing the State's competitive advantages and pursuing industries of the future.

The plan outlines six key strategies:

  • Supporting a strong enduring defence presence - Develop and promote the case for WA to be the principal location for maintenance and sustainment for the future submarines and frigates. These contracts are expected to exceed $50 billion through the life of the new fleets;      
  • Growing the State's defence industry capability and contribution - Facilitate business opportunities and collaboration overseas to maximise domestic and international defence opportunities;  
  • Developing strategic infrastructure - Establish an across-government task force to undertake strategic planning for the expansion and management of Henderson and the Australian Marine Complex;
  • Building research and innovation partnerships - Work with the Australian Government to establish a Defence Science Centre to enhance research collaborations and engagements between universities, industry and defence;
  • Advancing education, training and skilling - Establish a Defence Office in the South Metropolitan TAFE to lead a co-ordinated and collaborative approach to the development of a WA defence workforce; and
  • Supporting veterans and families - Develop, in consultation with defence and local governments, a Veterans and Defence Families Strategy to better support veterans and their families.       

The Defence Science Centre will be a collaboration between the State Government, the Defence Science and Technology Group and Western Australian universities.

The centre will maximise Western Australia's defence-related research opportunities and will be a primary source of facilitating research and development connections to foster a globally engaged, competitive and innovative defence sector.

The strategic plan outlines the State's vision and roadmap for how the McGowan Government will pursue opportunities to support defence and industry requirements.

It provides the basis for guiding the State's public sector and Defence West, and identifies the key actions required to progress the Government's vision.

The Western Australia Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan is available at

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