Workforce of the future through Defence industry internship program

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

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12 November 2020

The Morrison Government is giving Australian engineering students more opportunities to get a taste of the exciting careers available in defence industry.

In a significant win for students and defence businesses across the country, Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price today announced additional Government funding for the Defence Industry Internship Program.

The Program gives engineering students experience in defence industry through    12-week internships with defence industry micro, small and medium businesses.

This boost to funding will provide an extra 30 industry placements, taking the total number of internships to 200 nationwide over the next two years.

It’s another industry-focused component out of the Morrison Government’s $1 billion Defence’s economic stimulus package.

“We are committed to supporting defence industry to obtain its workforce of tomorrow, especially during this time of uncertainty,” Minister Price said.

“The workplace experience for engineering students is being delivered over the next three years under the $7.3 million program.

“Providing the next generation of Australian engineers with experience in defence industry is vital to their development, and will help build the skills defence businesses need to succeed.

“This innovative program is just one of many ways the Government is partnering with defence industry to support its critical work, and help grow a robust and resilient defence industry workforce.”

More information on the Defence Industry Internship Program can be found at

Further information on the Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy can be found at

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

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