Defence industry boost for South Australia

The State Liberals have today welcomed the latest Federal Government defence industry investment in upgrading Australia’s Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), supporting hundreds of jobs in South Australia in this important sector.

“South Australia is well placed to capitalise on the job opportunities which will flow from this $1.2 billion upgrade, and it complements the strong plans the State Liberals have already announced for maximising jobs in the defence sector,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure SA has the skilled workforce required to fully capitalise on the Federal Government’s $90 billion investment in naval shipbuilding by immediately developing a comprehensive Defence Workforce Plan.

“A key part of this plan will include funding 1,200 apprenticeships across relevant qualifications over the next four years.

“We will also work the new Naval Shipbuilding College being established in Adelaide to develop and obtain accreditation for a Diploma of Naval Shipbuilding, enabling South Australians to develop skills needed to perform managerial and supervisor roles.

“A Liberal Government will fund a Defence Industry Employment Program for Ex-Service Personnel, a program operating within the Defence Teaming Centre which will recognise and promote the training, skills and experience of South Australia’s ex-service personnel and support a pathway to employment within the defence industry.

“Defence export opportunities for SA businesses are also critical, and that’s why we’ll invest in strategies to secure defence industry export opportunities for SA based companies.

“This support 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.

“If elected as Premier, I will take on the Defence Industry portfolio, demonstrating a Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to this critically important industry to South Australia’s economic future.”