The country’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan offers exciting opportunities for small businesses across the North, with Cairns taking centre stage, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today.
Senator Macdonald said the Cairns region would reap the benefits of not only the $24million commitment to upgrade the Cairns Marine Precinct as part of the plan, but also the $400million investment as part of the deep maintenance of the Pacific Patrol Boats.
In addition to the Pacific Patrol Boat deep maintenance, the city will also provide ongoing sustainment of the Armidale Class Patrol Boats.
“Not only am I pleased the benefits of this multi-billion dollar shipbuilding industry will remain in Australia, but more importantly that much of the investment is set to benefit the North,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said the Federal Government’s $90 billion investment in the rolling acquisition of new submarines and the build of major surface combatants and naval vessels would focus on local content and industry involvement.
He encouraged interested businesses to get in touch with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) to find out how they could get involved.
The CDIC was established by the Government in December 2016 to advise local businesses how they can work with Defence, and develop the national supply chains to support naval shipbuilding programs.
The Government has also announced an initial investment of $25million to establish a Naval Shipbuilding College to be implemented from early 2018.
The naval shipbuilding workforce is expected to grow to around 5,200 workers by the mid to late 2020s, with more than double this number of workers in sustainment activities and supply chains across the country.
More information on the CDIC is available at https://www.business.gov.au/centre-for-defence-industry-capability.
The Naval Shipbuilding Plan is available at www.defence.gov.au/navalshipbuildingplan.