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Defence

South Australia is at the forefront of the nation’s defence industries. Renowned for its innovation, world-class research and development, and a highly skilled workforce, the state’s defence industry has a proud history of delivering some of Australia’s largest and most complex defence projects. Lot Fourteen plays a pivotal role in supporting defence in South Australia.
Image: Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Image courtesy of Boeing Defence Australia.

Objectives

Strengthening technical capability
Connections and collaboration
New jobs and career pathways
Market access and development

Innovation focus for the Defence State

Already known as the Defence State, South Australia has engaged a bold 10-year strategy to be recognised as an international leader in the defence and space industries by 2030. To achieve its Defence State Sector Strategy, South Australia will enhance its already strong defence industry by building on its highly skilled workforce, world-leading technology and infrastructure our culture of innovation, driven by focused research and development.

Image courtesy of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.

Strong History

South Australia has a long history of delivering some of Australia’s largest and most complex defence projects, including the Collins Class submarines and Air Warfare Destroyers. It supports a strong Australian Defence Force (ADF) presence and specialist infrastructure, with key elements of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and the Defence, Science and Technology Group located here. The Army, Navy and Air Force workforces are supported by related industry and supply chain companies.

Image: Attack Class Submarine. Image courtesy of Naval Group Australia.

Bright Future

As a global innovation precinct with a strong focus on defence and the related space sector, Lot Fourteen is playing an important role in achieving the Defence State Sector Strategy and is already home to significant organisations and businesses in the sector, including the Defence and Space Landing Pad, the Defence Teaming Centre, Naval Group Pacific, Bureau Veritas, Cryoclock, Leonardo Australia, LGM Group and GICAN. 

Defence and Space Landing Pad

The Defence and Space Landing Pad provides international companies with affordable, short-term office facilities and relationship building opportunities at Lot Fourteen.

Resident companies can access a range of government support programs and a network of industry consultants.

The Defence SA team can assist companies to establish offices research and manufacturing facilities in South Australia’s key defence and innovation precincts.

Packages of up to $40,000 AUD to access professional support and advice are available to eligible companies establishing in a new market or region through the South Australian Landing Pad program. Supported by the Department for Trade and Investment, the program supports companies looking to make their first investment in the Asia Pacific Region, Australia and South Australia.

International companies can connect with the co-located Defence Teaming Centre (DTC). This is a nationally focused member organisation helping Australian industry to increase capability and competitiveness in global defence markets.

European companies will also have access to representatives from French Industry Group, GICAN, who will work alongside companies to connect them with Australian partners and explore supply chain opportunities on the Attack class submarines and Hunter class frigate program. The Hunter class frigates (pictured) will be among the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates and represent the biggest surface shipbuilding project in Australia’s defence history.

The Defence and Space Landing Pad has appointed a panel of local businesses to assist international companies with their expansion into South Australia and business development plans, including specialists in real estate, migration and relocation, banking and finance, taxation, legal matters, corporate governance and regulation, marketing, and recruitment.

These companies provide on-site, pro bono introductory counsel and advice about the Australian business environment and the defence and space industry in South Australia. 

Image courtesy of BAE Systems ASC Shipbuilding.

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