Western Australia (WA) has been identified by the Commonwealth as one of two strategic locations for naval and commercial shipbuilding, upgrade, maintenance and sustainment in Australia.
WA is an attractive location for future sustainment and maintenance due to its infrastructure, skills, research capabilities and strategic location with direct access to the Indian Ocean to provide for long-term maintenance and sustainment of naval assets.
The State has experience with major projects and a world-class offshore oil and gas sector and is an attractive location for both foreign direct investment and associated technological research and innovation activities.
WA is presently home to about 180 companies with direct defence contracts with over 4000 people in the State employed by the defence industry and related companies.
Key points – what is happening on Australia’s defence scene?
- Australia will increase its defence capability with a $195 billion investment
- The Federal Government will increase the size of the submarine force from 6 to 12 – at a cost of more than $50 billion
- The Federal Government has committed to invest $100 million in WA’s defence infrastructure
- Facilities and infrastructure upgrades at Fleet Base West (HMAS Stirling) in WA are programmed and will include provision for the larger submarine fleet and will accommodate the necessary updates for the future frigates
- Construction will commence for Offshore Patrol Vessels in 2018 and Future Frigates in 2020
- WA is open for business and is ready to play a major role in building and maintaining Australia’s next generation of naval assets
Main Defence contracts:
- Pacific Patrol Boats: Austal Ships was awarded this $306 million contract and ships will be built in Henderson in WA, starting in 2017.
- SEA 1000 Future Submarines Project: DCNS was awarded the tender to design Australia’s 12 new Future submarines. Contract is valued at $50 billion.
- SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel Program: Three European shipbuilders Damen, Fassmer and Lürssen shortlisted for the 12 vessel requirement. Construction of the first two will start in SA in 2018 and then transfer to Western Australia in 2020.
- SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program: valued at $35 billion this program will replace Australia’s fleet of ANZAC Class frigates. Assembly will be in SA, starting in 2020, but will cover supply chain opportunities for WA. Shortlisted shipbuilders are BAE Systems, Fincantieri, and Navantia.
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