Defence jobs to stay in SA

What we’ll do

A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure South Australia has the skilled workforce required to fully capitalise on the Federal Government’s $90 billion investment in naval shipbuilding.

We will do this by immediately developing a comprehensive Defence Workforce Plan.

This plan will include an industry needs assessment, forecasting the type of qualifications and number of workers needed to maximise jobs and opportunities in defence over the next 20 years.

It will also identify current and former automotive sector workers who have the skills to fill identified defence jobs.

Based on our Defence Workforce Plan we will:

  • immediately include on the subsidised training list qualifications which are identified as being required through the industry needs assessment;
  • fund suitably accredited and capable Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to provide current and former automotive workers with formal Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which can be used to obtain new qualifications in relevant areas;
  • fund 1,200 apprenticeships across relevant qualifications over the next four years; and
  • develop and obtain accreditation for a new Diploma of Naval Shipbuilding.

Why we’re doing it

A shortage of skills has been recognised as one of – if not the – highest risk factors in the establishment of a continuous naval shipbuilding program.

If we do not ensure enough South Australians have the right skills, jobs in defence will go to people elsewhere.

Developing a workforce plan is critical to ensuring this does not happen and that South Australia fully capitalises on this once in a generation opportunity in naval shipbuilding.

Meanwhile, the Weatherill Labor Government are sitting on their hands watching a skills shortage develop, having completely undermined our training sector while apprenticeship numbers have halved over the last five years.

South Australia’s economic future will be significantly bolstered through naval shipbuilding and we need to maximise local employment opportunities.

That’s why the Liberals will be pro-active in workforce training and skills development, boosting jobs and opportunities in defence to the benefit of all South Australians.