Case Study

South Australia secures naval shipbuilding future

The defence industry is driving innovation and economic growth in South Australia, with northern Adelaide home to about 85 per cent of Adelaide’s defence industry activity, directly employing about 5,000 highly skilled workers.

Recent announcements in naval shipbuilding will see the industry grow even further with Techport Australia in Osborne confirmed as the location for the $50 billion Future Submarines project as well as the commencement of the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigates programs.

These projects combined will secure thousands of high tech jobs for decades to come.

The Future Submarines project alone, the largest and most complex in Australia’s Defence history, will create around 1,100 jobs and see significant supply chain opportunities for local advanced manufacturing businesses to the tune of around 1,700 jobs.

This program will enhance South Australia’s reputation to the world as an industry leader in advanced high tech manufacturing, creating additional opportunities across a range of sectors.

With the current Air Warfare Destroyer Project coming to an end, the Offshore Patrol Vessel project will enable around 400 northern Adelaide based workers to retain their jobs until work ramps up on the $35 billion Future Frigate program in 2020, which will directly create more than 2,000 jobs.

The north is also home to the Edinburgh Defence Precinct, a key national defence research, manufacturing and sustainment hub housing RAAF Base Edinburgh, the Defence Science and Technology Group and major defence companies.

Six thousand Department of Defence personnel, including Air Force and Army units are based at Edinburgh.

Technology Park is an established hub for over 85 high technology companies in defence and aerospace, advanced electronics and information communication technology companies.

The Future Frigates program, Future Submarines program and upgrade to facilities at the Edinburgh base are three of the five defence projects under the Northern Economic Plan.

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