Western Australia to host first defence industry skills summit

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Senator for Western Australia

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Kathy Quinn (Minister Price): 0468 369 301

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19 September 2019

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  • Senator The Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator for Western Australia  


Perth, Western Australia, will host a major defence industry summit to look at fresh approaches to meeting Australia’s skilled workforce demands, as part of the Morrison Government’s focus on delivering sustainable, long-term jobs.

Minister for Skills, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP today announced the inaugural National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit will be held from 6-7 November 2019 at Optus Stadium.

Minister Price said the summit was a key initiative of the Morrison Government’s Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy.

“This Summit will drive our engagement with industry to grow the future workforce and skills base needed to deliver our $200 billion investment in defence capability,” Minister Price said.

“It will draw together stakeholders from industry, government and the education sector to consider approaches to advance the defence industry skills base.

“The event will be highly interactive, with a focus on working together to support industry skill needs.”

Minister Cash said the event is a perfect example of the vocational education and training (VET) sector leading the way in delivering world-class, industry-led skills to build on our nation’s defence and sovereign capabilities.

“This summit is all about ensuring we have the skills that we need to build the workforce of the future,” Minister Cash said.

“Defence is blazing the trail of industry led, active labour force planning. It is surveying future skills shortages and working in with vocational education and training to co-design learning opportunities to see Australians upskill to fill these upcoming roles.”

Defence industry are invited to register their interest in attending the Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/defence-industry-skills-summit-2019-registration-71231973751?aff=registertoday.   

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