New South Wales is home to the operational headquarters of the Australian Navy, Army, Air Force and Joint Operations Command. The state has more than 80 defence facilities, including more training facilities than any other state. More than 28% of current serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are from NSW.
The NSW defence industry has core strengths and expertise in capabilities such as advanced and subsystem manufacturing, sustainment of major systems, complex project management, complex systems integration, design and production.
The Australian Government’s commitment of $270 billion to modernise Australia’s defence capability guarantees long-term demand for sovereign defence industry capabilities, products and services.
Through Defence NSW, the NSW Government supports investment and innovation by creating the conditions for sustainable, technologically advanced and globally competitive defence industries.
At a glance
Gross Value Add delivered by NSW to the Australian defence industry in 2021-22
Increase in the NSW defence industry Gross Value Add in 2021-22
NSW has the most defence bases and facilities of any Australian state
The NSW defence industry leads Australia across every GVA metric:
- $653.4m (manufacturing)
- $856.9m (construction)
- $1,245.8m (professional, scientific and technical services)
Defence and aerospace skilled workers employed in NSW
Number of previous ADF members living in regional Australia
Repair and maintenance
Space and satellite
“We are proud to be a major employer in regional NSW. Creating high-skilled and well-paid jobs for Australians outside the major cities is key to the success and sustainment of our business. We are a long-term investor in NSW’s industrial and advanced technology capabilities, and the regions are an essential part of that.”
Jeff Connolly, CEO, Thales Australia
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Cliff Kyle, General Manager, Sikorsky Australia
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