Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced the Government has received the Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan.
In December 2011 the Government announced that the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) would develop a Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan to identify what is required to build and sustain the skills required to successfully deliver Australia’s Future Submarine capability.
The Skills Plan has been developed by a team led by the Chief Executive Officer of the DMO, Mr Warren King and supported by an Expert Industry Panel headed by Mr David Mortimer, AO.
The Expert Industry Panel included representatives of DMO, Navy, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Skills Australia, relevant Unions, the CEOs of the four principal Australian naval shipbuilding companies (ASC, Austal, BAE Systems and Forgacs Engineering) and the CEOs of the principal naval systems integration companies (Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Thales, Saab Systems and BAE Systems).
The Panel has consulted widely with State Governments, Australian industry, Industry Associations, Universities, academic organisations and think tanks to develop this Plan.
The key findings of the Plan are:
- the Australian shipbuilding industry is capable, but important white collar skills are spread thin;
- while some Australian companies can reach back into their parent international organisations for design work, our indigenous design capability for submarine and surface ships is weak;
- the current blue collar work force is limited, with production supervisors and electrical trades being the weakest skill areas; and
- the key to building these skills is a continuous ship building plan with long term, predictable work.
The Government will release the Plan and its response to the Plan next year.
Minister Smith’s Office: Sacha Fenton 0467 784 528
Minister Clare’s Office: Annie Williams 0428 040 522