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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 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, we have partnered with The Lab Factory to deliver a series of four Defence Ready Business Workshops starting in February. 

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 will run from 5pm - 8pm at the Gary Holland Community Centre, and will present need-to-know information to businesses interested in this work.

Workshop details and links to register are as follows:

How to build your business in Defence

  • 17 February 2021 (postponed from 3 February 2021)

Register now 

How to apply for Defence tenders

  • 3 March 2021 (postponed from 17 February 2021)

Register now

How to make your business commercially attractive to Defence

  • 17 March 2021 (postponed from 3 March 2021)

Register now

What are the things I need to do, once I’ve secured a Defence tender?

  • 31 March 2021 (postponed from 17 March 2021)

Register now

Defence Industry Forum

The City will host a Defence Industry Forum at the Gary Holland Centre on 15 April 2021. This free event will be delivered by the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce and will bring together a day of insightful speakers and presenters from Defence and defence industry organisations as well as global and local contractors. 

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. More details on the forum will be revealed closer to the event. 

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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