Why has such a large industry developed in Australia?
Australia’s military operating environment is amongst the most challenging in the world. The Australian continent borders three of the world’s great oceans.
$200 billion is being invested by the Australian Government to modernise Australia’s defence capability, securing our nation while strengthening our defence industry and creating Australian jobs.
Over the next decade and beyond, the demand will increase for Australian workers with trade, technical and science and technology skills within defence industry. Australian workers will be required to design, install, build, integrate systems and maintain our ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and information technology and cyber security, and provide services to support the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.
This is an exciting industry to be involved in, and an abundance of career choices are available also to veterans. South Australia’s defence industry is seeking to secure the employment of veterans. It is vital that we are able to retain the skills and experience developed during service in the Australian Defence Force to deliver the capabilities required to build, service and maintain our future military equipment requirements.
The South Australia Government recognises the value of those that have served within the Australian Defence Force and the importance of and retaining their diverse and highly technical skills within the defence industry when they transition from their roles with Defence.
The Premier of South Australia is committed to supporting any Veteran that seeks a role within defence industry. Whilst a large proportion of veterans will move into roles with companies that are primarily focused on defence there are many companies where defence is only one of a number of sectors, they work in.
The South Australian Veterans Employment Program seeks to welcome all Veterans by supporting them to secure employment within the South Australia in any company that delivers into Defence regardless of the percentage of defence work undertaken. South Australia has a large proportion of SMEs within its defence ecosystem with many seeking to increase the proportion of work they deliver to defence. The skills and experience of our veteran community will provide significant advantages to businesses working in or seeking to work in the Defence sector.
The South Australian SME community is engaged in a variety of sectors ranging from Defence, Aerospace, Space, Resources, Agriculture, Medical, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Precision and Advanced Manufacturing.