South Australia's Defence Strategy 2030

The South Australian Government has a clear vision to support growth in key defence and space sectors, and expand into future high-tech industries over the next decade.

The South Australian Government Defence Strategy: 2030 is the roadmap guiding the state’s effort to achieve this vision, and the specific defence targets in South Australia’s Strategic Plan of 37,000 jobs and an annual economic contribution of $2.5 billion by 2020.

The 13-year roadmap, which has a strong focus on growth areas, including systems, cyber and space, identifies ways the state can accelerate defence investment, create export opportunities and grow its highly-skilled defence workforce.

It outlines four key priority areas:

  • Shipbuilding – to maintain South Australia’s reputation as a centre of excellence for warship and submarine building and sustainment
  • Space – to position South Australia as a space industry centre for the nation
  • Cyber and systems – to establish South Australia as a centre of excellence for cyber capabilities and processing, exploiting and disseminating
  • Defence science and research – to build on South Australia’s reputation as a national leader in developing intellectual property     

The strategy, developed by Defence SA, the Defence SA Advisory Board and with input from local industry and academia, reflects changes in the defence landscape, including the release of the 2016 Defence White Paper and the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, the announcement of major projects and a national space agency, and growth in new high-tech areas. 

For more information: South Australian Government Defence Strategy: 2030

Enquiries, please contact Julie Barbaro, Executive Director, Strategy, Skills and Intergovernmental Relations, Defence SA, tel: +61 8 8463 7142 or