There are thousands of Australian men and women working across the country who aren’t in the Defence Force, but work to support and strengthen it. Our students and apprentices are also developing trade knowledge that will be needed in the future.

A highly skilled workforce is essential to deliver the Government’s $200 billion investment in Australia’s defence capability. Australian workers will be needed to design, install, build, integrate and maintain our ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and information technology and cyber security, and provide services to support the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.

The Naval Shipbuilding College to be established in early 2018 will help ensure that the right workers with the right skills are in place to deliver the continuous shipbuilding program.

Demand for a range of technical trade and management skills in the naval shipbuilding industry will increase progressively in support of new offshore patrol vessel, frigate and submarine construction.

Our defence industry will provide increasing and rewarding long-term career opportunities as a number of major Defence projects ramp up over the next decade. New opportunities will exist in the large multi-national companies that win Defence contracts as well as Australian businesses across different regions of Australia that are part of the supply chain. Defence bases and facilities will need to be upgraded and serviced.

Read the case studies below to discover more about the wide variety of jobs and skills that contribute to the Workforce Behind The Defence Force.

Receive support to find and keep a job

Jobactive is a recruitment service that connects you with jobs that are the right fit

Myskills is a national directory of vocational education and training courses, including for defence industry careers

Register for updates about the Workforce Behind The Defence Force