Industry's Shipbuilding Workforce Plan For Australia

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

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8 October 2019

The five naval shipbuilding primes have signed a landmark Industry Strategic Workforce Plan with the Naval Shipbuilding College that will boost our sovereign capability to design, build and sustain Australia’s naval capabilities. 

The Naval Shipbuilding College, Naval Group Australia, BAE Systems Australia, ASC, Luerssen Australia, SAAB Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia have come together to develop their Industry Strategic Workforce Plan.

The Plan will complement the Morrison Government’s comprehensive Australian skilled naval workforce strategy to be released later in the year.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, who witnessed the signing of the Plan on Tuesday at PACIFIC 2019 said the Plan was a historic step to ensure industry and Government work together to deliver our future naval workforce.

“The Morrison Government is creating 15,000 jobs through our $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and need industry to work together to meet projected naval shipbuilding workforce demands,” Minister Price said.

“This is the first time all the major shipbuilding companies have come together like this and will ensure Australia’s naval shipbuilding and sustainment capability is not only world-leading but is viable for decades to come. 

“The Plan outlines industry’s commitment to develop Australia’s naval shipbuilding workforce to deliver on our naval shipbuilding programs now and into the future.” 

The industry’s Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Plan is available at 

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