Maritime industry

South Australia has a world-class maritime industry base and highly skilled workforce, with expertise across the full spectrum of naval shipbuilding activities, from systems engineering and integration to hull fabrication.

The state’s pre-eminence in naval shipbuilding has attracted several multinational companies to set up regional headquarters or significant operations here, including BAE Systems AustraliaBabcockLockheed MartinRaytheon AustraliaSaab GroupThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Boeing Australia, L3Harris and Ultra Electronics.

The state is also headquarters to ASC, the nation's largest specialist defence shipbuilding organisation. ASC built and maintain the Collins class submarines and is the lead shipbuilder for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program. ASC is also the builder for the first two Offshore Patrol Vessels to be built in Adelaide.

The AWD project was delivered by an alliance made up of lead shipbuilder ASC, mission systems integrator Raytheon Australia, and the Australian Government through the Department of Defence.

South Australia also has a large base of small-to-medium enterprises providing specialist services and products to support naval projects as well as the commercial maritime sector.

The state’s maritime expertise has fostered the development of leading-edge research and training capabilities.

The Defence Science and Technology significant presence at the Edinburgh Defence Precinct includes the group’s Maritime Division. This division partners with industry to develop advanced naval solutions such as the world-leading Nulka active missile decoy, of which BAE Systems Australia, headquartered at Edinburgh, is the prime contractor and system design agent.

South Australia’s maritime industry works closely with the education and training sector and government to ensure a long-term supply of skilled naval tradespeople and professional engineers.

Key maritime-focused workforce development initiatives include:

For further information please direct all enquiries to David Eyre, Director Maritime, Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7161 or