Defence and Aerospace
The Victorian Government proudly promotes the state's defence industry sector and offers business, trade and advocacy support through a dedicated Defence Industry Unit within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Victoria's defence industry has an annual turnover of about $1.5 billion. It includes more than 300 businesses and directly employs about 6,000 people who make equipment and provide services for defence activities.
In 2015, the Victorian Defence Procurement Office was established at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong. Working closely with staff in the head office in Melbourne, this office promotes the skill and capability of Victorian defence suppliers, identifies defence industry opportunities and promotes industry-research collaboration to boost the competitiveness of the Victorian defence industry. The office can be contacted on (+61 3) 5215 6071.
The Defence Council Victoria, established in July 2007 and currently chaired by Mr Ric Smith AO, advises the Victorian Government on strategies to develop and sustain Victoria's defence industry capabilities. The Council's members represent a broad range of experience across defence operations, equipment acquisitions and business and commercial practice.
The defence industry sector has been identified as one of the future growth sectors for the Victorian economy. The State Government is supporting such sectors through the $200 million Future Industries Fund which fosters the growth of local industries and brings investment to various sectors including defence and aerospace. The Defence Industry Unit also works closely with industry and the Commonwealth Government to ensure Victorian industry secures a fair share of Australian defence contracts.
Highlighting the innovative and competitive business partnerships and opportunities between the government and defence, aviation and aerospace industries are a set of capability statements:
- Victoria: Providing Complete Capability LAND, and
- Victoria: Providing Complete Capability AVIATION AND AEROSPACE
Each statement highlights the full spectrum of defence research, innovation and manufacturing capability in Victoria, and the contribution the sector brings to the Victorian economy.
The Aviation and Aerospace Capability Statement focuses on the design, manufacture and delivery of world-class and innovative capabilities for the Australian Defence Force. Victorian companies are developing world-class defence equipment and technologies and are partnering with the Victorian Government. This partnership is supporting businesses to access a network of global aviation and aerospace supply chains, which is growing the state economy.
The Capability Statement highlights four strategic pillars:
Competitive and experienced industry: Victoria is home to over 300 proven defence industry businesses with a turnover of $1.5 billion, and employing up to 6,000 in manufacture and services.
Highly skilled workforce: Having a competitive capability edge in the defence industry means a highly skilled workforce. Victoria has a world class research expertise and infrastructure, producing some of the best skilled graduates.
Facilities and infrastructure: Melbourne Airport is Australia's largest freight and passenger airport. In addition to this, the RAAF Base East Sale and RAAF Base Williams, which includes Laverton and Point Cook, and renowned Port of Melbourne, all combine to make an exceptional aviation and transport infrastructure network.
Research and development: Victoria is home to ten universities, including the highly-ranked University of Melbourne. Such globally-connected and renowned research institutes, as well as local technology parks and innovation precincts are helping Victoria to sustain a competitive military capability edge.
The Defence Capability Statement focuses on the innovative and globally competitive land military vehicle industry Government. This highly skilled and adaptive sector s continuing to grow and lead in the servicing of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and global supply chains. The Defence Capability Statement for Land highlights four strategic pillars:
Competitive and experienced industry: Across Victoria an integrated network of industry capability brings together a globally focussed military vehicle supply chain and production line, including Thales Australia, Mercedes Benz, Supacat, Elbit Systems Australia and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles.
Highly Skilled Workforce: Victoria's defence industries workforce is underpinned by ten world class universities and significant Australian defence institutions, producing a skills base that includes the nation's largest share of science, engineering and IT graduates.
Facilities and infrastructure: Victoria offers world-class military vehicle design and prototype testing facilities at Monegeetta and Graytown, along with active combat vehicle training facilities at Puckapunyal, the primary training centre for the Australian Army's combat schools.
Research and development: Partnerships between Victorian industries, research organisations and universities are developing high-performance and specialised military products. The talents of our local academics and researchers are of great benefit and renowned on an international level.