Defence export opportunities for SA businesses

What we’ll do

A Marshall Liberal Government will invest in strategies to secure defence industry export opportunities for South Australian based businesses.

Our support for defence industry exporters will include:

  • bidding to make Adelaide the permanent home of the biennial Land Forces Conference which showcases the best of Australia’s defence industry to the world;
  • working with the Defence Teaming Centre to identify global projects being delivered by Adelaide-based primes;
  • developing supply chain maps for these projects and informing sub-primes and small and medium enterprises in the defence sector about the opportunities to supply them;
  • assisting defence industry SMEs in South Australia to leverage opportunities in the supply chains of the Primes and sub-Primes;
  • utilising the network of trade offices that a Liberal Government will open to assist South Australian exporters seeking to identify defence export markets; and
  • partnering with universities and defence primes to create defence industry scholarships through a $1 million fund.

Why we’re doing it

The unprecedented scale of the Federal Government’s investment in Australia’s future defence capabilities offers great flow-on benefits for South Australia in skills development, job creation and export growth.

The construction of off-shore patrol vessels, frigates and submarines based in Adelaide is part of the Federal Government’s $200 billion investment over the next decade in defence capability.

But we know from past experience that our defence industry has to look beyond the needs of the Australian Defence Force alone to sustain itself across the peaks and troughs of domestic demand.

Building on the opportunities provided by the Federal Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Program, the defence industry is well-positioned to pursue and secure defence export markets.

That’s why we will support South Australian businesses to achieve international success by capitalising on opportunities in the defence industry.