Quarterly Update from the Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price
I am proud of the work the Morrison Government is doing to maximise the role that Australian industry and workers play in building the sovereign defence capability which the Australian Defence Force needs to keep our nation safe. Over the past three months, we have seen some exciting developments in Australia’s Naval shipbuilding industry to continue to strengthen our capability.
In April, I launched the Naval Shipbuilding College’s (NSC) new shipbuilding ‘taster course’, endorsed by Australia’s defence industry and being delivered through TAFE SA.
The online course is designed to help students to learn about our National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, focused on preparing them for the shipbuilding jobs of the future. The course will help to future-proof our sovereign workforce, ensuring they have the appropriate skills as the Enterprise continues to expand.
The NSC and TAFE SA have been working closely on skills development for some time and I am encouraged by the launch of this program, which is a testament to the ongoing success of their partnership.
In May, the Prime Minister and I announced a $155 million investment in new and upgraded infrastructure at HMAS Cairns, Queensland, to support the Royal Australian Navy’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels.
These upgrades are part of the $2.1 billion Navy capability infrastructure sub-program to deliver maritime and landside facilities around Australia to support the Navy’s new fleet of ships being delivered as part of the Morrison Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan. At their peak these upgrades will support 180 direct jobs, supporting additional indirect local jobs through the supply chain and off-site manufacturing.
In late May, I was pleased to announce that three Australian companies were awarded contracts to support the Hunter Class Frigate program’s pipe infrastructure as part of the prototyping phase. It is another great example of the ongoing success of the Morrison Government’s signature Australian Industry Capability policy and a major milestone for Australian industry.
I am incredibly proud of our Government’s commitment to building Australian Industry Capability which has given BAE Systems Australia the confidence to engage with Australian industry and, critically, to continue to invest in the skills and capability of Australian workers.
Australia’s Naval shipbuilding industry has some of the most high-tech and exciting careers available in the world. If you are interested in finding out how you can be part of this exciting industry, join the Naval Shipbuilding College’s national workforce register today.