Growing a technologically-advanced country: Defence nuclear science and engineering scholarships

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19 December 2021

The Morrison Government is committed to building an Australian workforce with the
necessary skills and capabilities to develop advanced technologies, drive innovation and
meet the nation’s future defence and national security needs.

Minister for Defence the Hon Peter Dutton MP has announced the creation of more
than 300 scholarships over the next five years to grow Australia’s nuclear science and
engineering workforce.

“The delivery of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines will see thousands of jobs
created across the country over the next few decades,” Minister Dutton said.

“We must ensure our people have the right skills and qualifications to support and deliver
this once-in-a-generation endeavour that will bolster our national security and defence.”

The Defence Nuclear Science and Engineering Scholarships build on the existing National
Naval Shipbuilding education pipeline.

Minister Dutton said the Government will also identify opportunities to increase the number
of Australians undertaking Vocational Education and Training Courses, providing additional
entry points for Australians interested in nuclear-related careers.

“This is about developing a high-tech workforce of Australians qualified to steward and
deliver this important capability,” Minister Dutton said.

“These scholarships will provide Australians the opportunity to develop essential skills and
qualifications to work in the nuclear-powered submarine enterprise.”

On graduation, scholarship recipients will be qualified to work across a range of
organisations contributing to the nuclear-powered submarine program, including Defence,
nuclear stewardship and environmental agencies, research and training, and the broader
shipbuilding industry.

To register your interest and find out more about the nuclear science and engineering
scholarship program, email

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