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Defence industry

Defence Industry in Rockingham

Rockingham defence industry

Minutes from the heart of Rockingham, Fleet Base West is located at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island and is the Royal Australian Navy’s largest base in Australia.
At present, 12 fleet units including Anzac Class frigates and Collins Class submarines are stationed here, along with an additional 70 units including the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, Submarine Escape Training Facility (one of only six in the world), Clearance Diving Team Four, and the Defence Communications Station Perth.
Under the planned Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-Program, Fleet Base West will become homeport to additional Hunter Class frigates, Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels and Attack Class submarines when they come into service. This will result in significant expansion, sustainment and maintenance opportunities in the coming years. An estimated one billion dollars will be spent on extensions to the existing wharves, construction of new office buildings, training facilities and living accommodation to support the new vessels and personnel who will be calling Fleet Base West their new home.
The expansion of Fleet Base West has the potential to create thousands of jobs within the City of Rockingham as well as provide opportunities for local business to tender for associated contracts

Opportunities for business

Defence and the defence industry provide a unique competitive advantage for the City of Rockingham. Our proximity to Fleet Base West, the potential for local industry to meet Defence infrastructure and supply chain needs, and affordable industrial and commercial development space on the Western Trade Coast offer significant opportunities.
Along with this unprecedented investment underway at Fleet Base West, there is a Defence requirement for high local content in upcoming projects. This provides local business within the City of Rockingham the opportunity to participate in construction, maintenance and supply efforts on HMAS Stirling base. It will also open up new business opportunities to support Defence personnel, contractors and families on the mainland.

WA Defence Ready Initiative

The State Government has announced an initiative to support eligible Western Australian small and medium enterprises to apply for a matched funding grant to improve their business capacity and capability to provide for Defence.

Grants of $1000 to $10,000 are available to eligible businesses to improve business capability to comply with Defence requirements and engagement with the Defence sector (in areas of cyber security, certifications and accreditations, Defence Industry Security Program improvements and to support attendance of Defence-related conferences and workshops).

Applications close Sunday 11October 2020. Visit WA Defence Ready Initiative for more information about eligibility, selection criteria and how to apply.

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