WA’s specialised defence office, Defence West, has been given a $4.9 million budget boost to continue its work in championing the State's defence industry and creating more jobs for Western Australians.
Promoting Western Australia's defence industry to the world is a priority of the State Government and the $4.9 million funding will allow the State Government to implement strategies and set up a Defence West advisory panel.
The panel will provide direction and leadership. It is intended to be chaired by the WA Defence Advocate, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Raydon Gates AO CSM, and co-chaired by the Premier.
The State Government will continue to develop its Defence Policy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry to create long-term job opportunities. This includes the development of the biennial Indian Ocean defence trade show, which would showcase and promote the State's defence industry with the aim of attracting international investment.
"As Premier, I am determined to make defence work a priority and have placed Western Australia's defence capabilities front and centre during recent visits to the USA, London and Germany," said Premier Mark McGowan.
Click here to read about the Premier’s recent visit to Lürssen during his visit in Germany.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, click here.