Growing the workforce behind the defence force

Posted: 9th May

There are thousands of Australian men and women working across the country who aren’t in the Defence Force, but work to support and strengthen it. Our students and apprentices are also developing trade, technical, science and technology skills that will be needed in the future.

A highly skilled workforce is essential to deliver the Government’s $200 billion investment in Australia’s defence capability. Australian workers will be needed to design, install, build, integrate and maintain our ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and information technology and cyber security, and provide services to support the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.

The Australian Government is laying the foundations for an Australia-wide naval shipbuilding enterprise, ending the boom-bust cycle that has afflicted the Australian naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry. The Naval Shipbuilding Plan anticipates that the continuous naval shipbuilding enterprise will require a workforce of around 15,000 people across new vessel acquisition, sustainment and the supply chain.

The Naval Shipbuilding College (the College) was opened on Thursday 1 November 2018 by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence.

The College works with key stakeholders to ensure a suitably skilled and qualified Australian workforce is available at the right time to meet industry’s needs in delivering the naval shipbuilding enterprise. The College operates a hub-and-spoke model that enables students to undertake courses through College-approved registered training organisations or higher education providers across Australia.

Demand for a range of technical trade and management skills in the naval shipbuilding industry will increase progressively in support of new naval capability including the Arafura Class offshore patrol vessel, Hunter Class frigate and Attack Class submarine construction.

Our defence industry will provide increasing and rewarding long-term career opportunities as a number of major Defence projects ramp up over the next decade. New opportunities will exist in the large multi-national companies that win Defence contracts as well as Australian businesses across different regions of the country that are part of the supply chain. Defence bases and facilities will need to be upgraded and serviced.

Read the case studies below to discover more about the wide variety of jobs and skills that contribute to The Workforce Behind The Defence Force.