Case Study

South Australia secures naval shipbuilding future

The defence industry is driving innovation and economic growth in South Australia.

Northern Adelaide is home to about 85 per cent of Adelaide’s defence industry activity, directly employing about 5,000 highly skilled workers.

With Techport Australia in Osborne confirmed as the location for the $50 billion Future Submarines project, and the start of the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigates programs, South Australia’s defence sector promises thousands of high-tech workers for decades.

The Future Submarines project, the largest and most complex in Australia’s defence history, will create about 1,100 jobs and lead to significant supply-chain opportunities for local manufacturing businesses and the creation of 1,700 jobs.

The project will enhance South Australia’s international reputation as an industry leader in advanced high tech manufacturing, creating additional opportunities across a range of sectors.

As the Air Warfare Destroyer Project winds up, the Offshore Patrol Vessel project will enable about 400 northern Adelaide based workers to retain their jobs until 2020, when work is underway on the $35 billion Future Frigate program. That program is expected to 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 that houses RAAF Base Edinburgh, the Defence Science and Technology Group and major defence companies.

The Department of Defence has 6,000 personnel in Air Force and Army units based at Edinburgh.

Technology Park is an established hub for more than 85 high-tech defence and aerospace, advanced electronics and information communication technology companies.

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