South Australia is Australia’s Defence State, demonstrated through a structured suite of investments in infrastructure across the greater Adelaide region, which represents a powerful enabler for the South Australian economy and for companies participating in the global supply chain.


As the birthplace of Australia’s 21st century navy, the Osborne shipyard in South Australia has been the cradle of warship and submarine construction.  From humble beginnings, Osborne has grown from 30 hectares to a significant facility that is now spread over 500 hectares of land on the peninsula to become Australia’s largest and most digitally enabled shipyard

The $535 million redevelopment of the digitally enabled Osborne South site to be completed by early 2020 is a further  investment in the future of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise which will modernise ship construction systems and processes, improve shipyard productivity and reduce the cost of Australian build programs to make it the most advanced shipyard in the country.

South Australia continues to work closely with the build program owners to understand the current and future demands of our shipbuilders.  Most recently, we have released four hectares of land that will be used to extend the shipyard to accommodate the needs of the Future Frigate and Future Submarine construction.  The land release has received positive responses from  ASC, ASC Shipbuilding and the Naval Group who have now acknowledged that sufficient space now exists to fulfil both the build and sustainment programs.