In an effort to support the growth of one of Australia’s most important industries, the federal government is launching a campaign highlighting a generation of jobs in Australia’s defence industries.
The “In our own backyard” campaign will begin on television, radio and across social media over the coming days and weeks.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the campaign highlights the skills Australians have displayed for generations building “stuff” in their backyards that are now in great demand to fill the jobs in the nation’s growing defence industries, which supply the Australian Defence Force with the products and services it needs to protect Australia and its national interests.
“We must be able to build what we need at home to defend ourselves when we need it and the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on just how critical that is,” Minister Price said. “The federal government is investing an unprecedented $270 billion in Defence capabilities over the next 10 years.”
“Our nationwide investments in naval shipbuilding alone will create 15,000 jobs across the country by the end of the decade. During the next decade and beyond, this exciting and expanding sector will rely upon a workforce with skills in design, engineering, manufacturing, project management and logistics, as well as all aspects of support services from training and simulation to ICT support.”
“From large multi-national companies to medium and small Aussie businesses, the creativity and ingenuity on display right across Australia points to the fact that there are many opportunities for skilled Australians to find fulfilling, well-paid jobs. We must ensure we have the most cutting-edge technology available to the men and women of the ADF.” Minister Price said.