The defence industry is made up of the thousands of Australian businesses, men and women across the country who aren’t in the Defence Force but use their expertise, experience and trade skills to supply and support it - they are The Workforce Behind The Defence Force.
A historic $200 billion is being invested by the Australian Government to modernise Australia's defence capability, securing our nation while strengthening our defence industry and creating Australian jobs.
Over the next decade and beyond, the demand will increase for Australian workers with trade, technical and science and technology skills within defence industry. 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.
This is an exciting industry to be involved in, and you’ll be amazed at the career choices available to you.
Contribution to the Australian economy
$200bn (to 2026)
People employed in the sector
Businesses trading in the sector
* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. For more information, please refer to the Statistics Explained page.