Skilling Summit to focus on Defence Industry jobs

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

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6 November 2019

More than 100 defence skills industry leaders will gather in Perth this week to work on a plan to  ensure Australia has the skilled workforce it needs to deliver the Morrison Government’s job-creating defence industry agenda.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, opened the National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit today – fulfilling the Morrison Government’s commitment to consult widely with industry and across government on workforce needs.

“The two-day summit will drive the unified national effort required to build a skilled defence industry workforce, which is critical to delivering our $200 billion investment in enhanced defence capability,” Minister Price said.

“The supply of skilled defence industry workers is critical, requiring all stakeholders across industry and government to work together.”

Groups attending will include Australian industry, all levels of government, education providers and industry associations and networks.

As a key initiative of the 2019 Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy, the summit will facilitate the coordination necessary to build a greater understanding of future defence industry workforce needs.

“This summit is the start of an important conversation, bringing the skills-needs of our sector into the limelight,” Minister Price said.

The inaugural National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit is being held on 6-7 November 2019, at Optus Stadium in Perth.


Authorised by the Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry, WA, Australia

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