Supply chain & skills


Victoria’s land systems industry has a proven record in delivering a wide range of capabilities used by the Australian Defence Force. Victoria is the major national centre for the design, engineering, systems integration, testing, production and support of military vehicles, land equipment and soldier support systems and research and development. Over 300 small to medium sized enterprises provide supply chain support to the sector across a range of areas including:

  • Design
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Engines and Drive Train
  • ICT and software
  • Manufacturing and fabrication
  • Materials technology
  • Research and development
  • Systems integration
  • Through life support

To access a list of Victorian businesses with land systems capabilities see Victorian Defence Alliance – Land Systems


Victoria’s industry has a proud and successful history in naval shipbuilding. Victorian companies contribute to construction and support supply chains for naval ships and submarines, with more than 300 companies supplying expertise across a range of areas including:

  • Design
  • Manufacturing and fabrication
  • Communication and control systems
  • Engines and propulsion
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Fluid dynamics research
  • Materials testing
  • Systems integration and engineering
  • ICT and software
  • Intelligent systems design
  • Advanced visualisation tools
  • Professional services

To access a list of Victorian businesses with naval maritime expertise see Victoria Defence Alliance – Maritime.


Victorian industry makes an important contribution to the supply chain involved in the sustainment of the Collins Class submarines. As a crucial part of the national submarine industry supply chain, Victoria’s success is based on the capabilities and strength of a number of small to medium sized enterprises. These businesses deliver high quality products and services to the Australian Defence Force, and are well placed to support the development and construction of Australia’s new generation of submarines. More than 240 businesses supply the following expertise:

  • Battery technologies
  • Communications systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Fluid systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Propulsion systems
  • Design and engineering
  • Metal fabrication
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Outfitting and raw materials
  • Professional services
  • Research and development
  • Safety systems
  • Signature management
  • Through life support
  • Tooling
  • Training services

To access the list of Victorian companies with expertise in design, construction and sustainment of submarines see Victoria Defence Alliance – Submarines.


Victoria has world-class innovative design and manufacturing capabilities which make a significant contribution to Australia’s military aerospace industry. Victoria has around 250 aerospace businesses supplying the Australian and global defence industry, with capabilities that include:

  • Advanced composite materials and production
  • Component design, testing and certification
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Manufacturing
  • Software development
  • Platform support and systems engineering
  • Air traffic management systems
  • Maintenance, repair and overhaul

To access a list of Victorian businesses with aerospace expertise see Victoria Defence Alliance – Aerospace.


Victoria is the leading state for defence industry digital, electronic and cyber security. Around 145 leading national and multinational digital and cyber security businesses operate in Victoria, including Telstra, CSIRO, and NBN. Victoria’s capabilities include:

  • Antennae and radio communications
  • Communications systems design and manufacture
  • Cyber security
  • Digital periscope systems
  • Electronic surveillance and countermeasures
  • Navigation equipment
  • Radar and sonar systems
  • Technologies, robotics and professional services

To access a list of Victorian businesses with digital and electronic/cyber systems expertise see Victorian Defence Alliance – Digital.