New strategy to take defence industries to the next level

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to growing our defence supply industries and is releasing an updated Tasmanian Defence Strategy today as part of the second Tasmanian Defence Futures Forum in Launceston.

The Tasmanian Defence Industry Strategy 2023 – Making our Contribution sets out the next phase of our approach to Tasmania increasing its share of the lucrative defence market held by local companies.

Since the Government launched Tasmania’s first ever defence strategy two years ago we have already seen several Tasmanian companies score multi-million dollar supply contracts, supporting the next generation of advanced manufacturing jobs around our state.

Tasmanian companies are already making their mark in the sector with the likes of Liferaft Systems, CBG Systems, Penguin Composites, Taylor Bros, Direct Edge and Pivot Maritime all winning significant supply contracts here and around the globe.

To ensure industry input into the government’s ongoing efforts to support Tasmania’s defence industries, and to support the development of the new 5-year defence strategy, a high-level Defence Industry Advisory Committee chaired by the Secretary of the Department of State Growth, Kim Evans, with expert advice from the Tasmanian Defence Advocate, Rear Admiral (Retired) Steve Gilmore was established.

The Government’s focus on our local defence industry will see Tasmania’s reputation for high-quality niche products solidify around the world and will give more Tasmanian businesses to confidence and opportunity to take a bigger slice of the market.

The Tasmanian Defence Industry Strategy 2023 – Making our Contribution is available at www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au

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