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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

Defence Industry Forum

  • Thursday 15 April
  • 9am-4.30pm
  • Gary Holland Community Centre

Register for event


The City will host a Defence Industry Forum at the Gary Holland Community Centre on 15 April 2021. This free event will be delivered by the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce and is supported by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (Department of Defence) and the South West Group. The day will bring together insightful speakers and presenters from Defence and defence industry organisations including federal Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Melissa Price MP, as well as local contractors and Defence industry Prime contractors including Lendlease, Ventia (previously Broadspectrum) and Thales. 

This latest initiative from the City’s Economic Development Strategy 2020 – 2025 will give local businesses valuable knowledge and understanding of the defence industry and upcoming Defence sector opportunities within the Rockingham region, where over $1 billion will be invested in infrastructure in the next 10 years. 

The day will include:

  • presentations on state and federal government initiatives and perspectives for defence industry work in WA
  • the current and future projects occurring in our region
  • how local businesses can enter the Defence industry supply chain
  • engagement with Prime contractors
  • the roles and support offered by Defence industry organisations
  • perspectives on future industry training opportunities in our region
  • several Q&A panel discussions at the end of each theme
  • networking session at the end of the event.

Businesses are also able to book one-to-one business meetings with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (Department of Defence) which will take place on the following day (Friday 16April), however these valuable spaces are limited and businesses should register as soon as possible to ensure that they can secure a meeting.

See the event details and register your attendance.

Defence Ready Business Workshops

To further support local businesses to participate in the estimated $1 billion infrastructure projects set to occur at HMAS Stirling (Fleet Base West) on Garden Island, the City partnered with The Lab Factory to deliver a series of four Defence Ready Business Workshops. 

Designed to provide real insights to businesses on how to find and tender for work in the Defence supply chain, these face-to-face workshops presented need-to-know information to businesses interested in this work.

Workshops held were:

  • How to build your business in Defence: 17 February 2021
  • How to apply for Defence tenders: 3 March 2021 
  • How to make your business commercially attractive to Defence: 17 March 2021
  • What are the things I need to do, once I’ve secured a Defence tender: 31 March 2021

Resources for the Defence industry

  • The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is a Federal Government organisation tasked with helping small business connect, build, innovate and export in the defence industry.
  • Defence West is a State Government organisation responsible for growing the local defence industry and advocating and driving strategic projects to increase the capability and output of WA’s defence industry. 
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