Defence West

We are working to ensure Western Australia has a robust defence industry with a broader and deeper defence industrial base that is respected, innovative and competitive.
Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation logo and Defence West logo

Western Australia has a long and proud history of supporting our national security and Defence. We understand our strengths and potential, and champion the interests of WA's outstanding defence industry and capabilities.


About Defence West

We are part of the team at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, the primary Western Australian Government agency responsible for strengthening and diversifying the economy, and creating jobs.

We work to grow the sector, expand infrastructure, create jobs and deliver what Defence needs. We work across Defence’s 5 operational domains: Information and Cyber; Maritime; Air; Space; and Land.

Our people are specialised and deliver the following services:


Expression of Interest for Land Forces 2021: co-exhibit on the Defence West stand

Defence West has reserved floor space to participate at Land Forces 2021, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD on 1-3 June 2021. We can support up to 19 local defence-related organisations to co-exhibit on our stand. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete an EOI form, and return to defencewest@jtsi.wa.gov.au by 5pm AWST on 28 February 2021.

 

Building Western Australia's Defence Industry – Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Infrastructure Strategy

Click here for Building Western Australia's Defence Industry – Australian Marine Complex Infrastructure Strategy 2020

The WA Government has developed the “Building Western Australia's Defence Industry – Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Infrastructure Strategy”, which outlines the State’s plan to attract more Defence work to the AMC to provide local industry opportunities, create jobs and diversify the economy.  

Building Western Australia's Defence Industry – Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Infrastructure Strategy

 

 


Mission update

Click here for Defence West Mission Update 2020

This provides an update on the implementation of the WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan, what we have achieved and the next steps to reach our mission. 

 

Defence West Mission update 2020

 

 


Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan

WA’s Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan provides direction across 6 key strategies to ensure WA is able to be a key player in the national and international defence industry:

Click here for Defence West Strategic Plan

  • Supporting a strong and enduring defence presence.
  • Growing WA's defence industry capability and contribution.
  • Developing strategic infrastructure.
  • Building research and innovation partnerships.
  • Advancing education, training and skilling.
  • Supporting veterans and their families.

Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan

 


Defence capability

We have created an online Directory of Defence Industry Capability that showcases how WA businesses and industries have the capacity and expertise to deliver across Defence’s 5 operational domains.

Click here for Defence West Capability Directory

 

 


Defence West delivers many services:

Defence Science Centre

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The Defence Science Centre (WA) facilitates science and innovation connections across universities, industry and Defence to support security and technology development and capability requirements.

The Defence Science Centre supports the commercialisation of defence-related research and cultivate a competitive, local defence industry that will diversify and strengthen WA's economy, and create new jobs.

Visit the Defence Science Centre for more information.

Defence industry development

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Our team work to grow WA's defence industry capability and contribution.

We collaborate nationally and internationally to generate partnership opportunities that will benefit our WA defence industry. We implement a number of initiatives to support businesses to increase their capacity and competitiveness and enable them to better contribute to Defence programs.

Defence infrastructure

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We work closely with the Department of Defence, across the WA Government and with local industry to develop strategic infrastructure.

The Department has developed the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan (SILUP) to guide the future development of the AMC to meet the needs of the defence, marine and resources sector. 

Alongside the SILUP, the WA Government has developed the “Building Western Australia's Defence Industry – Australian Marine Complex Infrastructure Strategy”, which outlines the State’s plan to attract more Defence work to the AMC to provide local industry opportunities, create jobs and diversify the economy. 
 

Read more about the Australian Marine Complex Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan.(SILUP)

Australian Marine Complex Image with JTSI branding

Skilling, training and workforce

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We are working with other agencies to identify the workforce requirements and deliver the skilled workforce to meet the demands of industry for upcoming defence programs.

 

$18 million package to build defence manufacturing workforce

In September 2020, the WA Government announced an $18 million package of workforce investment to build the pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia to attract national defence maritime projects. This workforce investment will help provide the skilled workers needed to support upcoming defence projects and secure future defence work.

More information on the package can be found at Jobs and Skills Website.

Veterans issues

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We are here to assist the Western Australian veteran community.

The Veterans Office develops policies and initiatives that support the veteran community, promote the wellbeing of WA veterans, commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel, and establish WA as a state that welcomes and supports veterans and their families.

Visit the Veterans issues page for more information.

Commonwealth and Western Australian Defence Sector Grants and Funding

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There are a range of funding opportunities available for businesses to grow to meet Defence capability needs, join defence supply chains, promote innovation, improve Australia's defence and national security capabilities, and support defence research. Click "show more" for a list of opportunities.
State/National Commonwealth and Western Australian Defence Sector Grants Open/Closed
State APR.Intern Open
State Apprenticeship & Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive WA Open
State Defence Industry Incentive Open
State Defence Research Higher Degree Student Grant Open
State Defence Science Centre Collaborative Grant Closed
State Jobs & Skills WA Employer Incentive Open
State New Industries Fund - Innovation  Closed
National Accelerating Commercialisation Open
National Artificial Intelligence Applications in Defence (AIAD20) Open
National Australia-US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program (USMURI) Open
National Build Space Payload qualification capability & capacity in Australia  Open
National Business Events Grant Opportunity Open
National Capability Improvement Grant Open
National Defence Global Competitiveness Grant Open
National Defence Industry Advisory and Facilitation Services Open
National Defence Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA) Open
National Defence Industry Internship Program (DIIP)  Open
National Funding to employ apprentices Open
National Industry Skilling Enhancement Program Schools Pathways Program Closed
National Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grants Open
National Manufacturing Modernisation Fund Grant Round 2 Open
National Modernisation of Maritime Electronic Warfare Program Open
National Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grant Open
National National Health Security Resilience Assessment Open
National National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grant  Open
National New Air Combat Capability - Industry Support Program Open
National Next Generation Technology Fund Open
National Payments for employers of Reservists (ESPS) Open
National Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) Grant Program Open
National Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) Open
National Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant Open

Announcements

Page reviewed 20 January 2021