Victoria has extensive experience in naval shipbuilding with more than 40 ships constructed since the 1940s. Victoria is a major centre for the national maritime industry with a strong and proven record in delivery and support to the Royal Australian Navy and world-class capabilities in the local defence industry supply chain.

Victoria is well placed to make a major contribution to the Future Nuclear Submarine, surface ship programs and other maritime capability enhancements announced in the 2021 AUKUS agreement and identified in the Commonwealth Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper.

For decades, the State has successfully delivered shipbuilding, supply chain and sustainment outcomes to the defence maritime sector through various strategic alliance, partnership, and support programs. With over 500 local businesses involved in the naval maritime industry, Victoria is powered by expertise.


  • Two of the world’s leading maritime design and engineering companies, Siemens and BAE Systems, have chosen Victoria as the state to establish their business operations
  • Melbourne is home to the DST Group Maritime Division. The Maritime Division provides scientific and technical expertise to improve maritime operational performance and sustainment
  • Over 500 companies are involved in Victoria’s naval maritime industry 
  • Victoria has Australia’s largest and most diverse manufacturing industry
  • Victoria is Australia’s education state, with eight universities producing engineering and science graduates that are required for the defence industry


Two of the world’s foremost maritime design and engineering companies, Siemens and BAE Systems, operate in Victoria. BAE Systems has significant maritime engineering and design capabilities in Melbourne. Siemens’ Australian headquarters are located in Melbourne, which provides power and control for the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC class frigates, power and propulsion for the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class landing helicopter docks and configuration management software and support for the Australian land and navy defence forces.

French engineering company, Segula Technologies Australia established its Australasian HQ and Engineering and Design Centre in Victoria, where it will focus on defence activities throughout the Asia Pacific region.