Australia’s naval shipbuilding plan – South West has a role

Member for Forrest Nola Marino welcomes the release of Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan which outlines a national enterprise in naval shipbuilding and sustainment of a scale and complexity not previously undertaken in Australia. 

“The Turnbull Government is delivering on its unwavering commitment to both national security and economic prosperity through the continuous building of naval vessels in Australia, while also strengthening the nation’s advanced manufacturing industrial base,” Mrs Marino said.

“We’re determined to maximise Australian industry involvement in our naval shipbuilding programs.”

31 of the 54 naval vessels will be built in Henderson, with Mrs Marino linking local people and businesses to the construction at the Future Frigates Roadshow last month.

Mrs Marino said the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), opened by the Government in December 2016, plays a critical role advising local businesses how they can work with Defence, and in developing the national supply chains to support the naval shipbuilding programs.

“There will be opportunities for South West businesses to contribute to naval shipbuilding and sustainment activities, including through the supply chains, which will drive investment and growth in our local economy. I encourage local businesses to get in touch with the CDIC to find out how they might get involved: business.gov.au/cdic,” Mrs Marino said.

“There are real opportunities for Forrest businesses and individuals whether working directly with Defence or through industry supply chains.”