The Defence Strategic Review has been the talk of the industry over the past year. We have all pondered what projects will gain traction and what projects will slow down. For almost a decade, many major Defence projects have been running concurrently and across the country. We have updated our Defence Project map of the acquisition and sustainment projects that will drive the majority of the hiring activity in the defence industry.
Our Defence Director, Rob Kremer, has commented on the hiring trends that we are expecting to see across the states.
In Queensland, we are seeing steady recruitment activity associated with in-service support of aerospace platforms, and strong interest from workers in the Loyal Wingman UAS. Loyal Wingman, also commonly known as the Ghost Bat, is an uncrewed aircraft with the integration of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.
Within the next 12 months, the REDSPICE (Resilience, Effects, Defence, Space, Intelligence, Cyber and Enablers) initiative will create a demand in Southeast Queensland for ICT skillsets. The aim of REDSPICE is to address future challenges and potential threats. Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is currently expanding to Brisbane and Melbourne, recruiting personnel for the REDSPICE project.
New South Wales
In New South Wales, we are seeing strong demand for maritime and aerospace sustainment workers in Sydney and the Hunter regions respectively. There is strong worker interest in the XL-AUV platform. XL-AUV, also known as the Ghost Shark, is an autonomous undersea vehicle designed to give the Navy the option to deliver underwater effects in high-risk environments.
Victoria is dominated by land acquisition and sustainment projects, especially for LAND 400, which will replace the Army’s current M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers with up to 129 new combat vehicle systems (Infantry Fighting Vehicles).
There is also a steady demand for engineers and logisticians with naval experience for sustainment work in Melbourne. As ASD expands to Melbourne for the REDSPICE program there will be a strong demand for ICT skillsets.
In South Australia, the largest program that will drive the hiring in SA is SEA 5000, across white and blue-collar skillsets. SEA 5000 also known as the Hunter Class Frigate program is scoped to replace the Anzac class frigates with nine frigates optimised for anti-submarine warfare. The Collins Class LOTE (life of type extension) activities are also expected to drive hiring activity in SA.
JORN sustainment and development will also see steady levels of hiring activity, with high demand for engineering skillsets with defence industry experience. JORN has been developed to provide sea and air surveillance across the north of Australia. The network is the country’s first early warning system, providing the ADF with 24-hour surveillance of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
In Western Australia, the upgrade and sustainment projects for ANZAC Class (ANZAC ISS/PSR) and Collins Class (CCSM ISS/LOTE) are seeing steady demand within engineering, logistics and project management skill sets with marine experience.
In the ACT, acquisition projects will continue to drive demand for workers with Above the Line skill sets. However, the Government is focused on growing the permanent Australian Public Service workforce between now and 2024 and using above-the-line contractors only to fill in the gaps. Due to this, a cooling of industry hiring activity is anticipated in the short term.
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Armidale Class Patrol Boats In-Service Support
Airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Electronic Warfare Capability Facilities Works
New fleet of light helicopters
Replacing the aerospace test and evaluation, research and experimentation equipment at the Woomera Test Range.
Relocation of an SST from New Mexico to WA to monitor orbiting space satellites, debris and asteroids.
Acquisition of the Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft.
Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance Sensors
Joint air battle management systems capability. Works closely with LAND 19.
Integrated Air and Missile Defence
Triton Remotely Piloted Unmanned Aircraft System
Procurement of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
Replacement of S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters.
ANZAC Class In-Service Support / Platform Systems Remediation.
Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment In-Service Support
Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter In-Service Support
Australia, United Kingdom, and United States partnership
Globemaster III In-Service Support
Spartan In-Service Support
Hercules In-Service Support
Cape Class Patrol Boats In-Service Support
Collins Class Submarine In-Service Support and Life Of Type Extension
Air Warfare Destroyer In-Service Support
Wedgetail aircraft with long-range surveillance and communications capabilities In-Service Support
Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft In-Service Support
Fighter Attack Aircraft In-Service Support
F-35A Joint Strike Fighter In-Service Support
Fleet Marine Services Contract
Helicopter Aircrew Training System
Vetting Transformation project to improve vetting services
Maritime Fleet Information Environment (FIE) modernisation program
Defence enterprise resource planning project to rationalise Defence ICT applications environment
Jindalee Operational Radar Network
Next Generation of Satellite Communication Systems
ICT Transformation Project
Delivery of combat radios and ancillary equipment to replace the Wagtail, Pintail and Raven Fleets
Human resource payroll system
Upgrade of the current information communication and network technologies within key defence systems to standardise and speed up data sharing and facilitate centralised control
Multi-phase project to create an integrated and unified dataset for ISR and decision support
Modernise Fuel Support Systems
Enhanced Defence High-Frequency Communications System
New military satellite capability
Defensive Cyberspace Operations; to strengthen the cyber defences of deployed ADF networks and combat platforms
JP 9201 ASDSS
Acquisition of next-generation satellite technology (Australian Defence SATCOM System)
Defence Core Simulation Capability Project
Multi-Role Tanker Transport that enables air-to-air refuelling and strategic air lift in-service support
Short Range Ground Based Air Defence (SRGBAD) capability
Night Fighting Equipment replacement by L3 Harris Oceania.
High-capability field vehicles, modules and trailers (protected and non-protected)
Modernise ADF’s Combat Capability
Procurement of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) program
Delivery of Enhanced Gap-Crossing Equipment, including the delivery of bridge bays and logistics packages
Modernisation of small arms and direct dire support weapons
Collation of the two distinct battle management system requirements of LAND 75 and LAND 125
Acquisition of Armed Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARV) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army
Enhance the ADF’s land-based communications capability.
Improvement of the ADF's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defence (CBRND) capability
Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE) support
Protected Mobility Mobilisation. Standardising and modernising the protected mobility capability
LAND 4502 ISS
Shelters and supporting infrastructure for additional CH-47F Chinook helicopters In-Service Support
Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Replacement
Multi Role Helicopter Rapid Replacement
Long Range Fires
Revived program to supply a locally built, self-propelled howitzer artillery system
Earth moving and material handling equipment
Combat Engineering Vehicles
Army Littoral Manoeuvre
Landing Helicopter Dock In-Service Support
Australia’s first domestically designed and built combat drone
Land Systems Division In-Service Support
M1 A1 ISS
The Abrams tank In-Service Support
Armoured Personnel Carrier In-Service Support
Mine-Hunter Coastal Class In-Service Support
Munitions Manufacturer Contract
Modernisation of Maritime Electronic Warfare
Multi Role Helicopter / Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter In-Service Support
Anti-ship missile countermeasure
Maritime patrol aircraft which is replacing the P-3 In-Service Support
Replacement and In-Service Support Contracts of a fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats (PPB)
Resilience, Effects, Defence, Space, Intelligence, Cyber and Enablers
Regional Maintenance Plan. In-Service Support naval platforms
Construction of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels in Adelaide and Perth
Maritime Underwater Tracking Range (MUTR)
Upgrade of ANZAC Class Frigate communication systems
ANZAC Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade
Procurement of two Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ships (AOR)
Program for future maritime mine countermeasures and military survey capability into NSW and ACT
Fleet Information Environment (FIE) modernisation project
Next generation of naval surface combatants, replacing the ANZAC and FFG class vessels. Also referred to as the Hunter Program
Development of facilities to support 1,100 US Marines on rotation in northern Australia
Extra-Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles
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