Friday, 3 May 2013Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – Joint Media Release – Release of the 2013 Defence White PaperPrime Minister Julia Gillard and Defence Minister Stephen Smith today released the 2013 Defence White Paper.The 2013 Defence White Paper complements the National Security Strategy released on 23 January 2013, and the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper released on 28 October 2012.
These three documents are a statement of the priority the Government places on Australia's security and prosperity, and on maintaining a strong Australian Defence Force to meet Australia's national security challenges.
The White Paper addresses the range of significant international and domestic developments since 2009, which influence Australia’s national security and defence settings, including their impact on force posture, future force structure and the Defence budget.
These developments include:
- the ongoing economic strategic and military shift to the Indo-Pacific;
- the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) operational drawdown from Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands;
- the United States’ re-balance to the Asia-Pacific;
- Australia’s substantially enhanced practical cooperation with the United States pursuant to our Alliance relationship; and
- the ongoing adverse effects of the Global Financial Crisis, which have continued to have a significant deleterious impact on the global economy, domestic fiscal circumstances and Defence funding.
The White Paper outlines the Government’s judgement that the strategic shift to the Indo-Pacific means growing prosperity, but also brings some uncertainty and risk.
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Friday, 3 May 2013Joint Media Release – 2013 Defence White Paper: Naval Shipbuilding: Release of the Future Submarine Industry Skills PlanPrime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith, Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation Greg Combet and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly today released the Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan (‘the plan’).The Government is committed to acquiring twelve Future Submarines to be assembled in Adelaide. The Future Submarine project will be the biggest and most complex Defence project Australia has ever embarked upon. It will involve hundreds of companies and thousands of workers. It will involve Federal and State Governments, Defence, Industry and Universities working together for generations to come.
The Government’s response to the plan also addresses key issues in the long term management of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry.
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Friday, 3 May 2013Joint Media Release – 2013 Defence White Paper: Australian Defence IndustryPrime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith, Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation Greg Combet and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly today outlined the Government’s plan for Australia’s defence industry. The 2013 Defence White Paper highlights the critical role that Australia’s defence industry plays in supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The Defence White Paper further strengthens the Government’s commitment to our defence industry – with a focus on closer connections between strategic policy directions and defence policy for industry, and enhancing innovation, building competitiveness, and developing skills.
The Government considers Defence industry cooperation and partnerships to be important elements in Australia’s deepening defence partnerships in the Indo-Pacific.
The White Paper emphasises the importance of the Government’s Priority Industry Capabilities to ensure industry can continue to meet Defence’s critical capability delivery and sustainment needs.
The Government has a track record of supporting the Australian defence industry, a commitment that was highlighted by the recent announcement of the establishment of a Defence Manufacturing Precinct to be based in Adelaide.
The Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between Australia and the United States that commences in May 2013 will be an important mechanism that will have substantial benefits for Australian industry.
The Government has also established a Priority Industry Capability Development Fund, with funding of $10 million per year from the Defence Capability Plan (DCP).
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Friday, 3 May 2013Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – Joint Media Release – 2013 Defence White Paper: Capability OverviewThe 2013 White Paper outlines the capabilities that the Australian Defence Force will need in the coming years to address strategic challenges.Maintaining a capable ADF, including through appropriate force posture and preparedness settings, is central to Australia’s continued effectiveness in contributing to sustainable security in our region.
The Government is committed to ensuring that the Australian Defence Force has the capability and culture it needs to effectively serve Australia’s national security interests.
It will ensure that we have one of the most capable military forces in the region to protect Australia’s strategic interests and support regional security and to undertake the four priority tasks required of it by Government:
- Principal Task One: deter and defeat armed attacks on Australia;
- Principal Task Two: contribute to stability and security in the South Pacific and Timor-Leste;
- Principal Task Three: contribute to military contingencies in the Indo-Pacific region, with priority given to Southeast Asia; and
- Principal Task Four: contribute to military contingencies in support of global security.
To provide the future force to meet these tasks, the Government remains committed to delivering the core capabilities identified in the 2009 Defence White Paper.
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Friday, 3 May 2013Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel – Joint Media Release – 2013 Defence White Paper: The Future Submarine ProgramPrime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly today announced further steps the Government has taken to progress the Future Submarine Program.The 2013 Defence White Paper highlights the strategic value and importance of Australia’s submarine capability and confirms the Government’s commitment to replacing the existing Collins Class fleet with an expanded fleet of 12 conventional submarines to be assembled in South Australia.
The Future Submarine project will be the largest and most complex Defence project ever undertaken by Australia. It is a capability design, construction and sustainment challenge of unprecedented scale and complexity, and will span decades.
The 2009 Defence White Paper outlined the Government’s commitment to acquire 12 new Future Submarines to be assembled in South Australia.
In May 2012, the Prime Minister and Minister for Defence announced the Government would provide $214 million for the next stage of the Future Submarine Program for detailed studies and analysis to inform the Government’s decision on the design of Australia’s next submarine. This funds design, modelling, analysis and technology studies to examine in detail options for the future submarine capability.
At the same time, the Government announced it was considering four broad options for the Future Submarines:
• an existing submarine design available off-the-shelf, modified only to meet Australia’s regulatory requirements;
• an existing off-the-shelf design modified to incorporate Australia’s specific requirements, including in relation to combat systems and weapons;
• an evolved design that enhances the capabilities of existing off-the-shelf designs, including the Collins Class; and
• an entirely new developmental submarine.
The Government has now taken the important decision to suspend further investigation of the two Future Submarine options based on military-off-the-shelf designs in favour of focusing resources on progressing an ‘evolved Collins’ and new design options that are likely to best meet Australia’s future strategic and capability requirements.
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Monday, 29 April 2013Ongoing scrutiny into the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2011The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee in the Australian Senate is currently scrutinising the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2011.
On behalf of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee, I write to advise you of the committee's work on ongoing scrutiny into the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2011.
In accordance with its undertaking on 11 October 2012, the committee has begun its first six month scrutiny of the implementation of the provisions of the legislation. The committee aims to report to the Senate during the Winter sitting of Parliament.
The committee now welcomes submissions in regard to the implementation of the legislation to assist in the preparation of its first six-monthly report.
In its preliminary report, and final report, the committee raised a number of matters, some of which go to critical issues that, contrary to the intentions of the proposed legislation, could have a serious deleterious effect on the work of the university and research sectors, as well as on industry. These include but are not limited to: exemptions surrounding research and international collaboration; and clarity around the scope of regulation governing the transfer of intangibles. The committee will focus particularly on whether the issues we identified in our reports, including those which effect industry, are resolved through the implementation process.
Also, the committee is seeking to publicise its work as widely as possible and would appreciate you referring this letter of invitation to any individual or organisation you think would like to contribute to the inquiry.
The closing date for submissions is 17 May 2013. Information and notes to assist in preparing submissions are available from the website www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee or the Secretariat (ph: 02 6277 3535, fax: 02 6277 5818).
The committee would prefer to receive written submissions in electronic form submitted online [https://senate.aph.gov.au/submissions/pages/index.aspx] or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details. Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:
Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Please do not hesitate to contact the committee secretariat if you would like further information.
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013Hansard Extract - HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY - Thursday 21 March 2013Mrs Vlahos (Taylor) (14:44): My question is to the Minister for Defence Industries. Can the minister tell the house about the support provided to the South Australian defence industry by the Defence Teaming Centre?
The Hon. J.J. SNELLING (Playford—Minister for Health and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister for Defence Industries, Minister for Veterans' Affairs) (14:15): I thank the member for Taylor. The Defence Teaming Centre is the peak defence industry body in South Australia. Founded in 1996 as an incorporated not-for-profit association with 24 member companies, the DTC has grown to a membership of more than 250 companies that employ an excess of 17,000 workers in South Australia.
In partnership with the state government and Defence SA, the DTC has supported and developed the state's defence industry, which now services a 25 per cent share of the nation's defence industry, to the extent that South Australia is recognised nationally and internationally as Australia's defence state.
South Australia is unique in having an association like the Defence Teaming Centre, and in the 16 years since they started they have worked with countless companies to bid on defence contracts for this state. It is therefore important that the government supports the important work that the centre does.
Later today, the member for Taylor and, I understand, the member for Waite, will join the Governor, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, and representatives of member organisations of the Defence Teaming Centre at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the DTC's new facilities at Technology Park at Mawson Lakes.
The Defence Teaming Centre, so ably led by its chief executive officer, decorated Australian Army veteran Mr Chris Burns CSC, provides a strong industry voice on long-term strategic issues, such as industry policy and market development, and plays a lead role in driving the critical issue of workforce development across the sector.
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013South Australian State Government commits $160,000 to national simulation bodyLocal simulation and modelling companies have received a boost with peak industry association - Simulation Australia - committing to South Australia for another two years.Local simulation and modelling companies have received a boost with peak industry association - Simulation Australia - committing to South Australia for another two years.
Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister, Tom Kenyon, said the State Government would provide $160,000 to Simulation Australia to grow South Australia's modelling and simulation sector and retain its head office in Adelaide until June 2015.
Speaking at a manufacturing forum in Adelaide today, Mr Kenyon said the funding would enable the association to deliver a range of activities assisting South Australian simulation providers, including promoting their services both nationally and abroad.
"Simulation Australia is the nation's peak association responsible for promoting the research, development and use of simulation technologies and practices in society, industry, academia and government.
"Our State's reputation as an emerging modelling and simulation hub is reinforced by having the association's head office in Adelaide," Mr Kenyon said.
"Our modelling and simulation companies are building a world-renowned reputation for supporting global mining, defence, health, construction, and transport industries.
"We are home to the largest heavy plant simulator training environment in the Southern Hemisphere which accelerates training processes for the mining, horticulture and arboriculture industries.
"Simulation software can create virtual scenarios that predict and prevent problems to address emerging business and social needs," Mr Kenyon said.
Chief Executive Officer of Simulation Australia, Alisha Fisher, said the funding would allow the organisation to implement a range of local industry development activities to be led by staff in their Adelaide office.
"One of the key initiatives will be to host the 2014 SimTecT and SimHealth conferences in Adelaide where we expect to attract more than 1000 national and international delegates," Ms Fisher said.
"South Australia's strengths in defence, aerospace, manufacturing and electronics, combined with its world class education and research systems, provides the State with a strong base for modelling and simulation technologies.
"We look forward to continuing our close relationship to support South Australian simulation capability," Ms Fisher said
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Monday, 18 March 2013Pratt & Whitney Receives First Engine Components from Levett Engineering for RAAF's First F-35 Lightning IIPratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), announced that Levett Engineering has delivered their first engine components that will be installed into F135 engines for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Levett Engineering, a precision component manufacturer located in Adelaide, South Australia, was awarded a contract in 2008 to manufacture second and third-stage turbine vane tubes and covers for the F135 engine.
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"We have a truly global supply chain strategy for the F135 engine, and Levett Engineering is a key supplier for the program in Australia," said Howie Chandler, vice president, Military Engines, Business Development at Pratt & Whitney. "The success of the F135 program relies on companies like Levett Engineering to provide high quality products at competitive prices."
"We are only in the early stages of our partnership with Pratt & Whitney, but we're looking forward to a relationship that will extend well into the future," said Paul Levett, managing director, Levett Engineering. "Our contribution to the F135 engine helps ensure jobs and technology-know how remain an essential part of our local industry, and a key support to the needs of the Australian Defence Force."
The installation of the first Australian-manufactured F135 engine components marks a significant milestone in the program. Australia is an international partner in the F-35 Lightning II program. Delivery of the first Australian F-35 aircraft is anticipated in 2014 with the first engine delivery to Lockheed Martin planned for later this year.
The F-35 will replace aging fourth-generation aircraft for Australia and partner countries with an affordable, sustainable, and highly capable fifth-generation aircraft. The F-35 program includes partners from nine countries – Australia, Italy, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States – as well as two foreign military sales – Israel and Japan.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
Thursday, 23 August 2012South Australian Defence Industry moves to increase number of women in senior rolesIncreasing the number and seniority of women in leadership roles is a key focus for defence companies based in South Australia.
Increasing the number and seniority of women in leadership roles is a key focus for defence companies based in South Australia.
Prime contractors ASC and BAE Systems have jointly convened a high level workshop held yesterday in Adelaide to examine gender equity and strategies to tackle the relatively small numbers of women executives in SA’s defence industry.
Major contractors including Raytheon, SAAB Systems, Lockheed Martin and Cobham, and the Defence Teaming Centre representing SMEs, attended the meeting.
The group has agreed to share best practice in two key areas – development and promotion of more flexible working options and recruitment strategies to retain current and attract new female employees.
In September, ASC CEO Steve Ludlam will also present an action plan on behalf of the defence industry to the state’s Chiefs for Gender Equity Roundtable which was established by SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Anne Burgess.
The Roundtable, which also includes leaders from Elders, Santos, KPMG, ANZ and ETSA Utilities, shares tactics for improving diversity and acts as advocates for further change in their industry networks.
Mr Ludlam said, “Being a member of the roundtable has given me valuable insight to the challenges faced by other industries, and they are no different to ours.
“To highlight our industry’s commitment to diversity, I approached Christine Zeitz from BAE Systems to discuss ways we could work together to increase female representation, particularly at a senior level.
“The result was this workshop, which has given us the opportunity to bring together key industry players to see if we can make a difference.”
Mrs Zeitz, BAE Systems Business Development Director, said, “Our company is delighted to collaborate with ASC and other contractors about such an important issue.
“The challenge now is to build on these outcomes and work together to ensure we attract and retain the best possible talent in our industry.”
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012Team Australia at Indo Defence 2012 and associated trade mission to Brunei November 2012The Department of Defence through the Defence Export Unit will once again facilitate an Australian national stand at Indo Defence 2012 under the Team Austalia banner.
Indo Defence 2012 is one of the region's major tri-Service defence exhibitions and 15,000 trade visitors including over 500 VIP delegates from 40 countries are expected to attend. Indo Defence 2012 will be held at JIExpo Kemayoran in Jakarta, Indonesia from 7-10 November 2012.
In association with Indo Defence 2012, the Defence Export Unit is also planning an exploratory trade mission to Brunei during the period 12-15 November 2012 that will entail visits to military and state owned defence organisations to capitalise on opportunities identified as part of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces' modernisation program.
Australian defence companies are now invited to apply to participate (click here for application form) with Team Australia at Indo Defence 2012 and the associated trade mission. Companies may elect to take part in both Indo Defence and the mission to Brunei or Indo Defence only.
The following points summarise the key aspects:
For further information on Team Australia at Indo Defence 2012, the mission to Brunei and how to participate click here.
- the Team Australia stand at Indo Defence 2012 will be open plan
- two (2) participation packages for Indo Defence 2012 are available - Exhibitor (4 sq m Standard Pod, access to common use facilities on the stand and inclusion in Team Australia events) and Non-Exhibiting Participant (access to common use facilities on the stand and inclusion in Team Australia events with no exhibition space)
- for those companies selected to participate on the Team Australia stand and the trademission, places will be made available free of charge (a charge will apply for display requirements outside the scope of what is included in the Standard Pod. Participants will be responsible for flights, accommodation and freight costs.)
- the trade mission to Brunei will have a tri-Service focus
- Team Australia companies will be supported byone of our 2-Star Officers both at the exhibition and during the trade mission
- If the number of applications exceeds the number of positions available for Indo Defence 2012 and the mission, a competitive assessment process will be followed using the criteria outlined in the attached flyer.
Companies looking to participate in Team Australia events should also be aware that they will need to agree to newly introduced terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are outlined in the Terms and Conditions for Participating in a Team Australia Event and can also be found on the Team Australia website www.defence.gov.au/teamaustralia/events.back to top
Monday, 30 April 2012Team Australia at Euronaval 2012The Euronaval 2012 trade exhibition will be held at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre Paris France 22 - 26 October 2012.
Europe is a well established mature market suitable for leading edge Australian defence and related products and technologies. European maritime primes are looking at new markets outside Europe and Australia’s maritime replacement and upgrade program will attract their interest. Australia will:
• replace the Collins submarine fleet
• undertake a build program of up to 20 Offshore Combatant Vessels
• replace HMAS Success
• undertake an upgrade and modernisation program of platforms.
The Department of Defence is inviting Australian defence companies to register their participation as a member of a Department of Defence supported Team Australia stand to Euronaval 2012. Membership of Team Australia at Euronaval 2012 is open to any Australian company promoting Australian products and technologies in the maritime security and/or defence maritime sectors. A Team Australia stand at the Euronaval 2012 maritime exhibition is being considered conditional on their being sufficient interest from Australian defence industry.
Participation as a member of Team Australia mission offers considerable advantages for Australian defence companies. Australian defence companies will be supported by the Defence Export Unit’s maritime specialist, the Department’s Defence Attaches in Europe and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science Research and Tertiary Education.
Participation with Team Australia will be free of charge. Missioners will be responsible for the consignment costs of promotional material and the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of their staff, and any compulsory exhibitor’s fee as levied by the Euronaval organisers. Applications forms are available on the Team Australia website.
The stand will be of open plan design and will accommodate individual exhibitors requirements to the maximum extent possible.
Subject to sufficient Australian defence industry interest, Defence will support and coordinate a trade mission to Europe in conjunction with Euronaval 2012 to promote Australian defence industry capability. The mission itinerary will be shaped following consultation with, and input from Team Australia Euronaval 2012 exhibitors.
Enquiries should be directed to email@example.com or telephone (02) 6144 2773.
Registration of participation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on Team Australia see http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/teamaustralia/ or contact us at email@example.com.
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Monday, 5 March 2012India Engineering Sourcing ShowThe Indian Engineering Sourcing Show will showcase the advantages that Indian manufacturing can provide to companies all throughout the supply chain
March 22-24, 2012
Bombay Exhibition Center, Goregaon, Mumbai
Engineering sector in India has done considerably well and now need to move up the value addition chain for high value precision engineering both for domestic production and exports on a sustainable basis.
Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India for the 1st time is organizing Engineering Sourcing Show in India which will be an annual mega international event in future. Canada has been declared as the “Partner Country” and Government of Maharashtra will be hosting the event as “Partner State”.
The event will be organized by EEPC India (formerly Engineering Export Promotion Council) with support from various Indian and Overseas Associations and Govt. Agencies. EEPC India is a premier Trade Promotion Body of India with focus on engineering & technology trade is set up & sponsored by Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. EEPC India is an ISO 9001-2008 organization and has been serving over 13,000 Indian engineering member companies consisting of large Corporate Houses, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). EEPC India have been organizing various trade promotional activities in engineering sector in & outside India with the aim of promoting bilateral trade including joint venture, technology collaboration and investment.
300 + exhibitors from India and abroad and several international business delegates from USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, ASEAN, Africa, CIS and LAC will be part of the March mega show. Other activities of the show include:
International Engineering Exhibition
Business delegations from Focus Countries
Business Matchmaking Activity
Import / Export opportunities
Vendor Development Activities with major Indian organizations including PSUs
Business alliances for joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions
Special Networking Sessions
Business delegations from Indian States
Visits of Ministers and Government officials
Technology Transfer opportunities
Defense Professionals meet
Following focus areas have been identified for collaborative opportunities:
- FACTORY AUTOMATION - Automation Tools and Mechanism
- TECHNOLOGIES FOR BUSINESS - Industrial Machinery & equipments
- CLEANTECH - Alternate Energy Solutions
- INNOVATION - Science & Technology, R&D, Technical partnerships
- INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES – Major supplies for manufacturing sector
- IESS GLOBAL SOURCING 2012 –Technology Procurement in Government
The Indian Government has also created an iincentive scheme which international delegates can apply for. For details about this scheme, click here
Please visit www.iesshow.in for more information on the event, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monday, 20 February 2012Team Australia at the Farnborough 2012 Airshow The Farnborough International Airshow is one of world’s premier defence and civilian aerospace exhibitions - a globally renowned showcase of aerospace equipment and technology for the world’s military and civil aerospace sectors.
The Farnborough International Airshow is one of world’s premier defence and civilian aerospace exhibitions - a globally renowned showcase of aerospace equipment and technology for the world’s military and civil aerospace sectors.
The Farnborough International Airshow will be held 9 - 13 July 2012. A pre-Farnborough mission will be organised for the week before [2 - 6 July 2012] in conjunction with Team Australia’s participation at the Airshow.
The Department of Defence is inviting Australian defence companies who wish to be part of a Department of Defence supported Team Australia mission to Farnborough to register their participation by 5.00 pm Wednesday 14 March 2012. Membership of the Team Australia mission to Farnborough 2012 is open to any Australian company promoting Australian products and technologies in the aerospace security and/or defence aerospace sectors.
Team Australia will be led by the Defence Export Unit’s Aerospace Specialist. The Department of Defence will provide additional support to mission members by:
- identifying aerospace opportunities in Europe
- facilitating meetings between mission members and UK and European companies and industry associations, and a trade mission prior to Farnborough
- arranging briefings in relation to winning work in the UK and Europe
- organising seminars on the European defence industry policy
The pre-Farnborough trade mission will be shaped following consultation with State Governments and Farnborough 2012 missioners.
Participation as a member of Team Australia mission offers considerable advantages for Australian defence companies. Australian defence companies will work with Defence Materiel Organisation Staff London, the Department’s Defence Attaches in Europe and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science Research and Tertiary Education and State Governments personnel to maximise the success of the mission.
Team Australia participation will be free of charge. Missioners will be responsible for the consignment costs of promotional material and the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of their staff. Applications forms and Terms and Conditions for the Farnborough Airshow are attached to this flyer and also available on the Team Australia website.
The number of companies joining the Farnborough mission may have to be restricted to ensure an appropriate mission focus and level of support to missioners.
Enquiries should be directed to email@example.com or telephone (02) 6144 2773.
Registration of participation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monday, 6 February 2012Team Australia Defence Industry Mission to Turkey and Middle East April / May 2012The Defence Export Unit will be leading a mission for interested companies to Turkey, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Oman from 23 April to 8 May 2012.
The Defence Export Unit will be leading a mission for interested companies to Turkey, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Oman from 23 April to 8 May 2012.
Expressions of interest to participate in the mission are now being sought from relevant Australian defence companies, particularly companies providing surveillance, electronics, communications equipment, specialized engineering, systems integration, and training.
The Defence Export Unit is implementing an export campaign plan for the Middle East. This plan includes a regular Team Australia presence at several major industry expositions, and the conduct of regular, targeted trade missions to the region. The strategy is to build relationships with potential customers and demonstrate that Australian companies have integrity, are competitive, innovative, flexible and reliable.
Turkey has been included in the itinerary on this occasion following advice that there may currently be significant opportunities for niche Australian defence companies in that region.
The timing of the mission will coincide with ANZAC Day Commemoration activities and will build on the heightened awareness of Australia at that time in Turkey. The Mission will then proceed to KSA and Oman. The mission will include briefings and meetings with government and industry representatives in those countries.
Defence will provide a senior two star officer to lead the mission, meet the costs of facilitating the program and Team Australia-hosted receptions and some surface transport. Companies will be required to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and individual passport and visas.
Companies seeking inclusion in the Mission can apply by completing the application form and returning it by the closing date 24 February 2012.
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Monday, 17 October 2011Decision-ready initiative for the 457 programAs part of Budget 2011–12, the Government has established a new 457 processing centre in Brisbane.
The increase in staffing for the 457 program aims to halve processing times for ‘decision-ready’ 457 applications from the June 2011 median of 22 calendar days.
department is committed to providing the best possible processing times for all
our clients. This additional funding will ensure that processing times remain
low as the program grows with improving business conditions. Decision-ready applications significantly
help us to process applications quickly and efficiently.
Lodging Applications Online
Applications should be lodged online
unless a legislative requirement restricts applications from being lodged
online. Only 457 visa applicants onshore
not holding a substantive visa and overseas business sponsors are required to
lodge paper applications, all other 457 sponsorship, nomination and visa applications
can be submitted through the department’s online visa service.
Documents must be attached to a lodged
In cases where it is not possible to
attach documents to online applications, the documentation should be
immediately sent to the relevant e457 mailbox to support a decision-ready
Brisbane 457 Centre of Excellence –
Melbourne 457 Centre of Excellence –
Parramatta 457 Centre of Excellence –
Perth 457 Centre of Excellence –
Sydney 457 Centre of Excellence –
Providing Supporting Evidence
Migration Agents, 457 sponsors and 457 visa applicants are asked to use the
appropriate checklists to ensure that all required information and
documentation is included to support an application. Submissions which explain the relevance of
information and documentation included in the application will assist case
officers processing the application and increase the likelihood of a timely
457 application checklists and further
information in relation to eligibility requirements is available from the
wanting to further discuss the eligibility requirements of the 457 program
outlined on the website are encouraged to contact the department’s Service
Centres on 131881.
information about the 457 decision-ready
Melbourne, Perth and Sydney 457
Centres of Excellence have designated assistant managers to coordinate
stakeholder engagement and receive feedback about the initiative.
Belinda Castle – Sydney 457 Centre of Excellence
Enquiries relating to ACT and New South Wales 457
(02) 8862 6412 or email: email@example.com
Uwe Harnisch – Perth 457 Centre of Excellence
Enquiries relating to South Australia and Western Australia 457
(08) 9415 9238 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Parry – Melbourne 457 Centre of Excellence
Enquiries relating to Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria 457
(03) 8682 2153 or email: email@example.com
any other visa related matter, you may contact Mr Jan Schmortte, Industry &
Regional Outreach Officer for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011AWD – Another two blocks deliveredMinister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that two more keel blocks had been delivered to Adelaide to construct Australia’s first Air Warfare Destroyer.
Minister for Defence
Materiel Jason Clare today announced that two more keel blocks had been
delivered to Adelaide to construct Australia’s first Air Warfare Destroyer.
This follows the delivery
of the first keel block last month.
The blocks were constructed
at the Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne.
They were loaded on to
barges last week and transported to Adelaide over the weekend.
Mr Clare said this was
another step forward in the $8 billion project to construct three new warships
for the Royal Australian Navy.
“This is Australia’s
biggest shipbuilding project,” Mr Clare said.
“90 separate blocks will be
constructed to build the three most powerful warships the Royal Australian Navy
has ever operated.
“About 70 blocks like this
will be shipped to Adelaide over the next four years to be consolidated into
Air Warfare Destroyers.
“These blocks weigh
approximately 190 tonnes each. They are about 19 metres long, 17 metres wide
and five metres high and will form part of the keel of the first warship – HMAS
The steel blocks are being
built at shipyards in Adelaide (ASC), Melbourne (BAE Systems), Newcastle
(Forgacs) and Ferrol, Spain (Navantia).
Three sonar blocks are
being constructed in Spain and the United Kingdom.
The blocks will now be
removed from the barge and transported by a large multi-wheeled vehicle to the
Further work on the blocks
will then be completed including blast and paint, fitting pipes, installing
communications and electrical cables and fitting internal walls.
Construction has begun on
all main blocks for the first ship and work has also begun on blocks for the
second ship, HMAS Brisbane.
Next year work will begin
on blocks for the third ship, HMAS Sydney and the first ship will start to be
consolidated in Adelaide.
Mr Clare thanked the more
than 1,000 people currently working on the ships across the three Australian
“The workers constructing
these blocks are doing important work – building new warships for the Royal
Australian Navy,” Mr Clare said.
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Monday, 19 September 2011Defence Engineering Internship Program On 5 September, Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare announced the Defence Engineering Internship Program (EIP) which will commence at the start of the 2012 academic year.
On 5 September, Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare announced the Defence Engineering Internship Program (EIP) which will commence at the start of the 2012 academic year.
It is expected that the program will fund the placement of between 20-25 third year engineering students with defence small to medium sized enterprises nationwide for a twelve week period, with a view to exposing students to the defence industry sector, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will pursue future employment in the Australian defence industry.
As announced, the Engineering Internship Program will provide engineering students with around $500 per week for the industry placement component of their degree and will also provide a financial incentive of around $700 per week for defence SMEs to host the student.
DMO is in the process of finalising the program detail and corresponding administrative arrangements.
Until such time as arrangements have been agreed and finalised, DMO will not accept or register expressions of interest or preliminary applications in respect of the Engineering Internship Program.
Further information about the Engineering Internship Program will be made available via the e-Portal, the DMO website and through various defence industry association communication tools such as newsletters, forums, and publications.
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COmpanies interested in this program should contact Kerrie Nussio
at the DTC.
Monday, 22 August 2011Review of Employer Sponsored Permanent Residence Visa Categories.The Department of Immigration (DIAC) has commenced a review of the Employer Sponsored permanent residence visa categories to ensure they remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market
The Department of Immigration (DIAC) has commenced a review of the Employer Sponsored permanent residence visa categories to ensure they remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market. Contributions of stakeholders and feedback from the Australian Public will play an important role in developing recommendations that will be provided to government. A discussion paper has been released on the DIAC website, which outlines the background of the review and issues that will be considered, and provides information about how to make a submission. Issues under consideration include, for example, pathways from temporary to permanent skilled visas, visa requirements, concessions/flexibilities to support positive economic and social outcomes in regional and low population growth areas, and visa options for semi-skilled workers.
You can find the discussion paper at the following web address:
Public consultation will close on Friday 16 September 2011.
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Monday, 25 July 2011ASIS Handbook ReviewThe DMO is seeking input on a revision of the Acquisition and Support Implementation Strategy (ASIS) Handbook. The Handbook governs the processes that defence project teams use to develop procurement strategies
The Acquisition and Support Implementation Strategy (ASIS)
Handbook is the guide that defence project teams use to define the strategy for
project acquisitions. As such, it guides procurement processes, ensuring that
projects will be commercially appropriate and low-risk in execution.
The DMO is currently seeking feedback on an updated ASIS
handbook, to ensure that the strategy will maximise the opportunities for
Australian Industry. For more information, please view the document here and
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Friday, 13 May 2011DMO updates minor projectsThe Defence Materiel Organisation has released an updated minor projects list for the Navy. Minors are valued at less than $20 million
The Defence Materiel Organisation has released a new minor projects listing for Naval projects, which can be accessed at the DMO website here
It is worth noting a recent change to the management of minor projects- on the 6th of May the Minister for Defence Materiel and the Minister for Defence announced that Minor projects will now be subject to a two-pas approval system, similar to major projects. This new process will apply to projects valued from $8-20 million.
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Monday, 28 February 2011Improved Training Facilities for South Australian DefenceSenator David Feeney, Parliamentary Secratary for Defence, recently toured the Cultana Training Area. Cultana is located between Port Augusta and Whyalla.
Senator David Feeney, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, today toured Cultana Training Area in South Australia.
The expansion of the Cultana Training Area is critical for Joint and Combined Arms training for Defence and for Army’s 1st Brigade. An expanded Cultana Training Area also enables future air to ground, ground to air and ship to shore training activities.
A total commitment of $59.5 million in upgrade works will be particularly important to the 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), which was established at Edinburgh earlier this year.
Among Defence’s suite of training areas, the terrain at Cultana most closely resembles that of Afghanistan. The Training Area consists of small arms ranges, a demolition range, field and driver training areas and a mock Afghan village.
Senator David Feeney said: “The expansion at Cultana will bring additional defence jobs to South Australia and make sure we have the best training facilities available for the Australian Defence Force.”
“Cultana is a great example of tri-service training facilities. It’s location close to the coastline and terrain which resembles Afghanistan makes it an important site for major joint military exercises,” Senator Feeney said.
Senator Feeney also met with a number of pastoralists about the expansion.
He said: “I acknowledge that there has been a long process for a range of affected groups. I’ll be honest, I can’t promise that all the issues will be resolved tomorrow. There are complex legal issues to be worked through.”
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Thursday, 17 February 2011Defence Industry Innovation Board AppointedAn expert board of Defence industry representatives, unions and Government agencies has been established to provide high level advice on Defence industry programs to the Federal Government.
Jason Clare, Minister for Defence Materiel, yesterday announced the members of the new Defence Industry Innovation Board. This board, first announced in the 2010 Defence Industry Policy Statement, is designed to oversee the Prioirity Industry Capability (PIC) Innovation program and "co-ordinate defence programs to promote innovation and productivity in Australian defence industry throughout the capability development lifecycle."
The board is chaired by Mr David Mortimer AO. Mr Mortimer is the former CEO of TNT and was previously the deputy chairman of Ansett. He was chairman of the Defence Procurement Advisory Board from 2004 to 2008, and is currently chariman of Australia Post.
The other members of the board are:
|Mr Michael Ward
|Managing Director, Raytheon Australia
|Mr Rob Forbes
|Chief Executive Officer, CEA Technologies Pty. Ltd.
|Mr Graham Priestnall
|National President, Australian Industry and Defence Network
|Mr Ben White
|Manager- Defence Industry Unit, Australian Business Limited
|Air Marshal John Harvey AM
|Chief Capability Development Group, Department of Defence
|Professor Robert Clark
|Chief Defence Scientist, DSTO
|Ms Judith Zielke
|Head of Division, Enterprise Connect
|Mr David Oliver
|National Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Two more board positions will be taken up by representatives of the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
So how will this affect South Australian industry? The PIC Innovation program could be a source of funding for companies working in one of the PIC areas. Under the description of the program in the DIPS, companies will be invited to submit proposals relating to the PICs to Defence for direct funding. This could be a valuable source for companies looking to grow their capability in one of the PIC areas. For a list of current PICs, see the PIC factsheet here
The Board will meet for the first time at the Avalon Airshow, after which more details may be announced.
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Friday, 11 February 2011Senate inquiry begins into DMOGreens Senator Scott Ludlam and Liberal Senator Helen Kroger will lead an inquiry into the Defence Materiel Organisation
For more information see the article in The Age here.
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011Defence cuts two naval programsThe Minister for Defence and the Minister for Defence Materiel have announced the decommissioning of the HMAS Manoora and the LCM 2000 boat series
As part of today's announcement of a projects of concern update, the Government announced that the HMAS Manoora will be decommissioned. The ship first served in the US Navy from 1970 as the USS Fairfax County before being acquired by the RAN in 1994 and refitted. The Manoora, one of Australia's two amphibious landing ships, had been out of service since late last year due to several problems with the ship's engines and structure.
Today Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the ship, which had been scheduled for $17 million worth of work (which had not been put to tender), would be decommissioned, citing significant hull corrosion and the need to replace both gear boxes. As the ship was scheduled for decommissioning at the end of 2012, it was decided not to proceed with any repair work.
So what does this mean for SA industry? Not much- a lot of the work was semi-slated to be performed in Newcastle. The interesting part for SA is that replacement. In 2014 the first Canberra-class ship will go into operation, but until then Australia's amphibious capability will be constrained. There are currently rumours that Australia will either buy or lease a (currently mothballed) Bay-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) from the UK, either in our own right or possibly to be operated jointly with New Zealand. If the Bay class is acquired, there may be opportunities for some Australian outfitting.
Also on the chopping block was the LCM-2000 (Landing Craft, Mechanised). These vessels were purchased in 2001 from ADI (now Thales) to act as landing ships attached to the Manoora and Kanimbla, but there was one major issue- they were too big and heavy to fit in the LHD! Since first entering service in 2005, the LCM 2000s have had limited runs as training vessels out of Townsville. The axing of these vessels is no surprise.
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Thursday, 27 January 2011Defence contracts 'in jeopardy' Adelaidenow highlights a recent Access Economics report which suggests that the government could delay or reduce the dollar value of some defence projects to help pay for Queensland Flood relief.
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in Thursday's Advertiser also highlighted some of the issues raised in the report
Monday, 24 January 2011DCP Update- Major SA Projects Comparison and Emerging OpportunitiesThe latest Defence Capability Plan update was released in November. But which big projects are likely to effect South Australia? Where are the opportunities?
The New Defence Capability Plan was released in December, containing information and updates on all major Defence Programs. Unlike the original 2009 DCP, which only forecast projects to the 2012-2013 financial year, this edition contains projects up to a projected Year of Decision of 2023. This represents a much longer timescale allowing industry to better plan and develop solutions for specific programs.
What this short review will do is examine several notable South Australia based projects and potential projects and compare their 2009 entries to their current DCP status. This should give readers an insight in to the changes in the current plan.
A note on Terminology
In the 2009 White paper, Defence articulated a series of capabilities that are strategically important- industry capabilities that, if not resident in Australia, could significantly undermine defence self-reliance in a time of crisis. The Priority Industry Capabilities (PICs) are therefore projects were Australian industry will be heavily favoured. In addition to the PICs, there are also Strategic Industry Capabilities (SICs) which, if developed locally, would enhance defence self-reliance. A PIC or a SIC are therefore excellent opportunities for Australian industry.
Air Warfare Destroyer (SEA 4000)
Project SEA 4000, the Air Warfare Destroyer, is currently underway with construction on the lead ship having commenced in March 2010. The project was not featured in the 2009 DCP as it was already underway, but aspects of the project are featured in the December update.
The DCP is focussed on SEA 4000 Phase 4, the acquisition of a “maritime-based land-attack cruise missile” capability. The project is classified as both a Priority Industry Capability and Strategic Industry Capability, which means that Defence classifies the capability as essential to Australia’s long term strategic planning and that Australia would be severely disadvantaged by not developing the project in-country.
Essentially, this program is both the missiles and missile control for the AWD, and also includes logistics support, training, and support. This is likely to be a MOTS solution purchased through a Prime, which will then be integrated in to RAN platforms. Opportunities for SMEs are manly in supplying additional integration work to Primes.
Market solicitation for this project will occur in 2014-15, with a final year of decision in approximately 2020.
Future Sub (SEA 1000)
For the first time, the DCP contains information about the future submarine program. As has already been reported, the next generation of submarine will be built in Adelaide, and this commitment has been continually re-affirmed by the Defence Minister. The program is currently going through the initial definition phase, so Defence is currently identifying the top-level requirements for the sub- how should it operate, what should it be able to do, where it fits in to our military strategy. After this phase is complete, Defence will solicit proposals from the market from late 2011 onwards. As this is still an early stage of the project, the exact acquisition strategy is unknown, but could involve either a home-grown design (likely from ASC) or a modified off-the-shelf design. This is currently an ongoing debate, and it will likely continue to be debated until the year of decision sometime between 2014 and 2020.
Moving on from the design phase, the acquisition phase of the submarine is a strong Priority and Strategic industry capability. This will of course depend on which design is chosen in phase 1. It is anticipated that submarine construction will not begin until 2016.
SEA 1000 phase 3 is the acquisition of weapons systems. The timescale for this phase will of course depend on phases 1 and 2, but the DCP mentions two main options- direct purchase from the US, or other commercial alternatives. This phase of the program will go to a Prime, but local industry could find opportunities in component manufacture, subcontracting or subassembly, and there could also be some system integration work.
This phase has no fixed timescale.
Phase 4 of SEA 1000 ties directly in to SEA 4000 Phase 4, and looks to deliver a complementary capability to both the AWDs and the future frigate. We should see a large overlap between the two projects.
P3 Orion Sustainment (AIR 5276 Capability Assurance Program 2)
The Edinburgh-based Orions, first introduced in 1962 and upgraded to their latest iteration in 2002, will have some systems upgraded to keep up with current technologies. This project will also update the flight simulators and operational simulators to match whatever upgrades are applied to the aircraft. This project will come to market soon (FY 10-11 to 12-13) and will most likely occur in Adelaide.
Land 121 Phase 4 (Protected Mobility Vehicle- Light)
Unlike the 2009 DCP, which only discussed the American joint light tactical vehicle option, the 2010 DCP discusses the three options currently undergoing consideration - the JLTV option, the Made and Supported in Australia option (down-selected to Force Protection, General Dynamics Land Systems and Thales Australia) and the Market Available option, which would be an RFT to the general market. The decision on this project will come after the technology development phase is completed in late 2011. A decision on this program should therefore occur in 2012.
Combined Arms Fighting System (Land 400)
Land 400 was not featured as a full entry in the 2009 DCP, only mentioned as a future project. Since then, more information has emerged about the project, which seeks to act as a replacement vehicle(s) for the ASLAV, M113 and Bushmaster. Phase 1 consisted of development work, largely undertaken by DSTO. Phase 2 (split in to two parts) will undergo first pass approval in 2012-13 for the cavalry combat system, with other systems following in 2015. LAND 400 represents a significant opportunity for local industry; especially if the winning tenderer is an SA based company. Most primes are likely to bid on this project, but the best placed prime will be the one that has been successful on LAND 121 Phase 4. There are also a number of opportunities for systems development work in the lead-up to this project.
Year of Decision for Phase 2A is ~ 2017.
Collins Class Sustainment (SEA 1439)
The recent DCP update includes new, detailed information on all of the phases of SEA 1439 that had previously been canvassed in the 2009 document. There are three main components, all being run as separate components- Collins Obsolescence Management, Communications and EW Improvement, and Sonar Replacement.
- The Collins Obsolescence Management Phase (Phase 3.1) will replace or modify the integrated submarine control system, to bring the system up to modern standards. This phase of the project is a strategic industry capability, so may preference an Australian supplier.
- The Collins Communications and Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (Phase 5B.2) will improve the communications and EW systems of the Collins class subs. This will include the creation of an on-board LAN and thermal imaging upgrades to the periscope. As both a PIC and SIC, this project could be a great opportunity for local industry.
- Collins Sonar Replacement (Phase 6) will either improve or replace the current Collins sonar system. This project phase will also include an upgrade of on-shore facilities including simulation and training.
All three have either had first pass approval or will receive it soon, with initial market solicitation next financial year.
Unmanned Aerial Systems
This DCP includes several projects relating to UAVs.
- JP 129 Phase 4: Tier 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Year of Decision FY11-12 or 12-13. A Tier one UAV is a small system intended to support land force operations. This system will be a ‘proven’ system, but if possible an Australian design. TLS will be Australian. A PIC and a SIC.
- AIR 7000- Multi Mission Unmanned Aircraft System; first pass 2016-17. A high altitude, long range UAV designed for reconnaissance and surveillance. Currently a PIC and a SIC.
- JP 129 Phase 3: Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – Enhancements/Upgrades Year of Decision 2019-20. An upgrade to the current tactical UAVs already in use by the ADF. A PIC and a SIC.
Deletions from Feb 2010 DCP
4 projects from the Feb 2010 update have been deleted from this update:
AIR 5432 Ph. 1
Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic
Project scope incorporated
into JP 90
AIR 9000 Ph. 5C
Additional Heavy Lift Helicopter
JP 154 Ph. 1
Joint Counter Improvised Explosive Device
LAND 112 Ph. 4
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Sunday, 23 January 2011Kevin Foley makes jet fighter grab The Australian reports that SA's Minister for Defence Industries has had several high-level talks with a senior Joint Strike Fighter executiveTo read the article at The Australian click hereback to top
Wednesday, 19 January 2011The Defence Minister on SA Defence Industry The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, spoke about the strengths of South Australian Defence Industry during a recent visit with his UK counterpart
TRANSCRIPT: DOORSTOP INTERVIEW, ADELAIDE
TRANSCRIPTION: PROOF COPY E & OE
DATE: 19 JANUARY 2011
TOPICS: Security cooperation with the United Kingdom, Defence investment in South Australia
STEPHEN SMITH: Thanks very much for turning up. We're here with the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defence, Liam Fox. I’m also very pleased to be with the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann, and also joined by my colleague, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon.
Firstly, can I make some remarks about Dr Fox's visit to Australia. Yesterday we had a very successful AUKMIN ministerial meeting, the third AUKMIN meeting and the first that we've had in Australia. We welcome very much the successful outcome of that ministerial meeting.
Dr Fox and I were keen to come to South Australia because South Australia is, of course, very important to our Defence industry, our Defence procurement and our Defence capability.
One of the things that we spoke about yesterday was we all live now in the defence arena in a time of tight fiscal restraint, and we need to make sure that the things that we do in terms of Defence procurement and Defence capability and Defence assets give taxpayers and nations value for money and value for effort.
We believe there is potential for Australia and the United Kingdom to work together on Defence capability procurement issues.
Earlier today, we visited the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. There is already very strong collaboration in the Defence science area between Australia and the United Kingdom, and we believe that that can be enhanced as well.
Yesterday, I also indicated publicly that given changed arrangements to some of the use of assets in the United Kingdom, that I was interested in talking to Dr Fox about Australia possibly acquiring, either purchase or leasing, an amphibious landing vessel, a Bay class vessel.
Dr Fox and I have agreed that our officials will now pursue that matter to see whether it's appropriate for Australia to add to its amphibious landing vessel and loading dock fleet by either leasing or acquiring such a Bay class vessel from the United Kingdom.
More generally, in terms of South Australian Defence industry, we're here at BAE, our largest defence industry contractor and we're off to ASC to see the work they're doing for naval assets. As a rule of thumb, Defence industry and Defence capability brings to the South Australian economy over $1 billion a year.
In addition to that and any other future work that comes South Australia's way, the arrival of 7RAR from Darwin to Adelaide will effectively bring an additional thousand personnel with families, and probably about 1800 to 1900 additional Defence personnel and families to Adelaide and South Australia.
That will also be not just a good additional Defence presence in South Australia, but also a good boost to the South Australian economy.
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