IPWG Update: Overview of Defence and Space Sector

SAE-A Newsletter - January, IPWG update: Overview of Mining and Metals 

by: Kelvin Clissold - General Manager, Professional Development


The defence industry provides equipment and ongoing support for our armed forces as they in turn fulfil their many roles in providing national security, operate offshore to deliver foreign aid or support our other foreign policy objectives, or deploy onshore in times of national emergency. Engineering capability underpins the success of the defence sector and spans a full range of products and services to support land, air and naval forces. Equally important are advanced electronics and systems engineering, which provide technological innovations to support all areas of defence capability. Defence engineering brings opportunities to work on some of the most technologically advanced projects in Australia.

Sector information

With strong outlook and in a competitive world, the Australian Defence Force is focused on future growth through employing more engineers – including more women into the sector. The ADF makes an enormous contribution to the Australian economy annually with a budget of AUS$31.9 billion for 2015-16 and with GDP of 1.92 percent. The ADF is supported by a significant budget by worldwide standards and is able to maintain a presence and engineers in multiple locations around Australia. Since their establishment, they have prided themselves on delivering the industry critical components their customers require.

Defence subsectors:

1. Research and development*

2. Facilities and Infrastructure*

3. Air Force*

4. Army and Navy*

5. Contractors and Suppliers

*Indicates that potential employment opportunities exist in the sub sector for automotive engineers transitioning

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