Minister for Defence Materiel – Boost for defence industry skills in Queensland

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that 17 Queensland-based companies would share in $1.7 million in funding to boost the skills of the Defence industry workforce in Queensland.

Mr Clare made the announcement today at Aviation Australia, a Queensland aviation training organisation.

This funding is provided under the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program for 2011/12.

“This funding will provide 68 training opportunities for 317 Queensland workers with the skills the Australian Defence Force needs,” Mr Clare said.

“That includes $67,000 to support 13 apprentices develop skills like aircraft maintenance,” Mr Clare said.

“Like a lot of sectors in the economy, the Defence industry is competing with the mining industry for skilled workers.

“That’s why this funding is important.”

Mr Clare inspected Aviation Australia’s facilities with Boeing Defence Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Darren Edwards and the chair of Aviation Australia Jim Walker.

Boeing received up to $334,803 for seven training activities offering 48 training places, including supervision support for seven apprentices.

Boeing use Aviation Australia to provide training to their staff with the funding they receive under the SADI program.

Since 2005 SADI has funded more than 24,000 training places, including more than 2,200 apprentices.

“ Since the inception of the SADI program in 2005 over $138 million has been invested to boost skills and improve training in the Defence industry,” Mr Clare said.

A list of Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Agreements for 2011/12 and more information on the SADI program is available at

Media contact: Korena Flanagan – 02 6277 7620



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