An historic $200 billion is being invested by the Australian Government into modernising Australia's defence capability, securing our nation while strengthening our defence industry and creating Australian jobs.

The 'defence industry' is the thousands of Australian businesses, men and women across the country who aren’t in the Defence Force but use their expertise, experience and trade skills to supply and support it - they are The Workforce Behind The Defence Force.

There will be more opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to join over 3,000 business already working in the defence industry. Many of the opportunities will not be directly with Defence, but in the supply chains of the ‘prime’ companies that deliver many of the major Defence projects in Australia. The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) has been established to help SMEs understand opportunities and provide assistance on improving business capabilities. Read more about the growing opportunities for businesses.

A strong and capable defence industry is essential to delivering our modernised defence capabilities. Over the next decade and beyond, the demand will increase for Australian workers with trade, technical and science and technology skills to build and maintain fleets of new ships, submarines, armoured vehicles, infrastructure and facilities, and contribute to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber and other electronic and information based capabilities. Australian design, construction, integration, sustainment, services and support capabilities will all be critical.

There will be significant opportunities for Australian workers and businesses already supporting Defence and those working in other industries to be part of our defence industry. From 2018, the Naval Shipbuilding College will provide courses and retraining for individuals wanting to be part of the naval shipbuilding enterprise. Read more about The Workforce Behind The Defence Force.

Defence, industry, state and territory governments and the research and education sector will be working together over the coming decades to grow the defence industry. If you're running a business or looking to transfer your trade skills or perhaps you’re studying for a career – you could be part of it. Read the case studies below to discover more about the wide variety of jobs and businesses that contribute to The Workforce Behind The Defence Force.

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