Fighting for defence jobs

A Marshall Liberal Government will be fighting to secure a greater range of defence industry export opportunities for South Australia businesses if successful at the coming state election.

“There are about 2,700 Australian defence industry businesses, and a growing number are in South Australia following the Federal Government’s decision to centre its Naval Shipbuilding program here,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Being the base of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding program presents a golden opportunity to capture a range of national and international defence contracts for South Australian businesses.

“A Marshall Government will identify and aggressively pursue opportunities to capitalise on the export opportunities from our growing base of defence industries to drive the creation of well-paid highly skilled defence sector jobs.

“South Australia has the opportunity to develop a globally competitive defence industry and the employment opportunities that will follow if we put in the place the right support network.

A Marshall Liberal Government will:

  • Direct the Event Bid Fund to compete to host the biennial Land Forces conference in 2020, and seek to make Adelaide the permanent home for one of Australia’s biggest international defence expos;
  • Work with the Defence Teaming Centre to identify global projects being delivered by Adelaide-based prime contractors, develop supply chain maps and inform Adelaide defence sector sub-prime contractors and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of relevant opportunities;
  • Establish a network of trade offices to advise, assist and support South Australian exporters seeking to enter industry supply chains; and
  • Establish a Defence Industry Scholarship fund drive the development of a workforce of the highest skill levels.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will help open the door to opportunities in the international defence sector for South Australian businesses,” said Mr Marshall.

“South Australia is already punching above its weight in the Australian defence sector, with the right policies we can become an international player.”

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