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Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office

The Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office (WADIWO) was established in May 2019 as an outcome of the Advancing Education, Training and Skilling strategy.  This is part of the Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan launched by the Premier in 2018.   Defence West Capability Streams Graphic.jpg

The WADIWO and WA Office of the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) are co-located at Naval Base Campus.  The NSC is an Australian Government initiative to ensure a skilled and qualified workforce is available to achieve the first continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program. 

The WADIWO is developing the WA Defence Industry Workforce Development Plan in collaboration with Defence West, education and training providers, the WA industry and Department of Training and Workforce Development.  The plan focuses on the capability streams (pictured on the right) outlined in the Australian Government’s Defence Integrated Investment Program.  

Job opportunities in a growing industry 

A historic $200 billion is being invested by the Australian Government to modernise Australia’s defence capability, secure Australia, strengthen the defence industry and create Australian jobs. 

Over the next decade and beyond, the Australian defence industry will require workers with skills in trade, technical, science, engineering and technology.  A skilled workforce will need to design, install, build, integrate and maintain our ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles, information technology, cyber security, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.   

This is an exciting and growing industry and the unprecedented level of investment provides the WA economy with significant long-term opportunities.  In WA the defence industry is already estimated to contribute $3 billion to the state economy per year. This figure is set to double within the next decade. 

Western Australia plays an important role in national security, with the largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, located at Garden Island.  Strategic infrastructure and bases for the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army are also located here. 

Forge your career path in the defence industry 

A career in defence is set to be rewarding, with long term prospects.  Most employment opportunities will be with companies winning defence contracts – and their supply chain. 

WA vocational education and training providers, including TAFE colleges, and universities offer training to support the defence industry.  Visit the defence page for more information on defence training at South Metropolitan TAFE. 

SM TAFE has Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) which provide free career guidance, training information and employment assistance to people such as students, jobseekers and those looking for a career change.  The JSCs are located at Thornlie, Mandurah and Rockingham TAFE campuses. Visit the Jobs and Skills Centre website for more information. 

Contact Information

WA Defence Industry Workforce Office

41 Hope Valley Road, Naval Base WA 6165

Phone: (08) 6173 6819





Page last updated June 22, 2020