Landmark strategy to maximise support for Defence industry

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The Hon Pat Conroy MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

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29 February 2024

The Albanese Government has today released a master plan that defines the strategic rationale for a sovereign defence industrial base and sets out pathways for maximising support for Australian industry and its critical contribution to national security.

The Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS) articulates for the first time the defence industrial base needed in the face of the changing strategic circumstances outlined in the Defence Strategic Review. This landmark strategy details the actions the Government will take to grow that industrial base, which employs more than 100,000 Australians, and deliver a greater partnership between Defence and industry.

In addition to critical procurement reforms within Defence, the Albanese Government is today announcing increased funding for defence industry grants programs, taking the total investment to $183.8 million, in alignment with the DIDS.

The Government said in its response to the Defence Strategic Review that Australia requires strong defence capabilities of our own and a fully integrated Australian Defence Force to contribute to the strategic balance of power that keeps the peace in our region.

Defence industry is critical to delivering on this key objective. Together, Defence and industry create, maintain and sustain vital capabilities that offer Australia a competitive advantage and contribute to regional stability.

With the release of the DIDS, industry will have clarity on the priorities for Defence through the Sovereign Defence Industrial Priorities (SDIPs). The SDIPs provide detail, certainty and timelines that Australian industry needs to invest and was sorely missing under the former Government.

This new level of detail provides industry with information they need to prepare, invest and deliver on development, production and sustainment of Defence capabilities.

The seven Sovereign Defence Industrial Priorities are:

  • Maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade of Australian Defence Force aircraft.
  • Continuous naval shipbuilding and sustainment.
  • Sustainment and enhancement of the combined arms land system.
  • Domestic manufacture of guided weapons, explosive ordnance and munitions.
  • Development and integration of autonomous systems.
  • Integration and enhancement of battlespace awareness and management systems.
  • Test and evaluation, certification and systems assurance.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Defence Industry, Pat Conroy:

“Australia’s defence industry supports over 100,000 Australian jobs. It is an essential partner in keeping Australians safe at home, secure in the world and employed in well-paid, high skill jobs.

“This strategy will underpin essential reforms that will ensure that critical capabilities are provided to the men and women of the ADF as soon as possible, while also supporting an industry vital to our national security.

“I look forward to working with industry to implement the Defence Industry Development Strategy, and deliver an innovative, resilient and competitive Australian defence industrial base that creates a stronger, more secure Australia.”

MEDIA NOTE:

The public version of the Defence Industry Development Strategy is available at: https://www.defence.gov.au/about/strategic-planning/defence-industry-development-strategy

Media can access imagery of Defence Industry Development Strategy Launch at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20240268

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