Victoria’s defence industry includes more than 400 businesses and directly employs around 7000 people providing equipment and services for defence activities. The Victorian defence sector has an annual economic impact on Victoria of up to $8 billion.
Victoria’s thriving defence industry is critical to Australia’s national defence capability and Australia’s alliance relationships. Through strategic investment in facilities, industry skills, research and development, Victoria has developed significant expertise in delivering major defence platforms and capabilities for the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Victoria’s capabilities match global defence industry needs in areas spanning information and communication technology (ICT) systems; cyber technologies; managing the interface between human and digital systems; robotics, aerospace and unmanned aerial systems; medical counter measures; defence infrastructure; professional services; science and research and advanced manufacturing technologies.
Victorian companies have supplied 64 per cent by value of all work awarded to Australia over the past decade for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project. The Army’s Bushmaster vehicle, manufactured in Bendigo, is renowned for saving Australian lives in combat. Thales is also manufacturing 1,100 Hawkei vehicles and trailers. Lockheed Martin will be providing the Australian Defence Force’s Basic Flying Training at the RAAF base in East Sale from 2019.
A robust and responsive local supply chain network strengthens Australia’s national security and plays a vital role in building and sustaining multiple defence platforms. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, including the Victorian Defence Procurement Office in Geelong, provides dedicated support to the Victorian defence industry and assists companies seeking to secure domestic and global supply chain opportunities.
Victoria is the natural home for the manufacture and construction of military vehicles, with Thales’ Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles manufactured in Bendigo. Thales has also been awarded a $1.3 billion contract for 1,100 Hawkei vehicles and trailers, demonstrating that Victoria is well placed to deliver LAND 400 and other land vehicle defence programs. Victoria is also the home of the engineering and design centres for Supacat and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles.
Victoria has extensive experience in naval shipbuilding and complex systems design, and the testing facilities are world-class. Over 100 Victorian companies contribute to the construction and support supply chains for naval ships and submarines, supplying expertise in design and construction, communication and control systems, engines and propulsion, fluid dynamics, materials testing, systems integration and engineering, ICT, intelligent systems design, and advanced visualisation tools. With the largest shipbuilding and submarine program in the nation’s history, these businesses are ready to play key roles to deliver these projects successfully.
Over the past decade, Victorian companies have been awarded 70 percent of all work allocated to Australia for the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project, demonstrating Victoria’s ability to provide cutting-edge military technology in global supply chains. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract to provide a new pilot training system at RAAF East Sale, a contract which will contribute $2 billion to the Victorian economy and more than 500 jobs.
Victoria is the leading state for electronic and cyber security. 40 leading national and multinational businesses have a presence in Victoria, including CSIRO, Telstra, NBN Co Ltd, Data 61, DEK Technologies, Invenio, Thales, Tectonica, Elbit Systems, GP Sat Systems Australia, and L-3 Communications Systems Australia. Oxford University is establishing the first international office of its prestigious Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre in Melbourne. The Centre will be set up alongside the new Oceania Cyber Security Centre which will be established with State Government support.
Victoria brings together the world’s best and brightest minds in defence research and development. Supported by a world-class tertiary education sector, Victoria is home to globally renowned research institutes and organisations. With so many facilities in one state, Victoria is the nation’s hub for clever thinking and specialist defence knowledge.
Victoria is the nation’s top resource in the design and production of munitions, military pyrotechnics and electronic warfare systems. Key projects include the Nulka Active Missile Decoy, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile System, Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal.
The Victorian Government’s Defence Industry eNewsletter keeps decision makers and Australia’s defence industry informed about the latest news and developments in Victoria’s defence sector.