Expected Recruitment Trends: What Projects are Stimulating Hiring Activity

By Alarna Chivers on 16 August 2023

JORN Blog about Defence Projects

​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.


Defence industry project map

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.


South Australia

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.


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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Project Glossary


Armidale Class Patrol Boats In-Service Support

AIR 555

Airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Electronic Warfare Capability Facilities Works

AIR 2097

New fleet of light helicopters

AIR 3024

Replacing the aerospace test and evaluation, research and experimentation equipment at the Woomera Test Range.

AIR 3029

Relocation of an SST from New Mexico to WA to monitor orbiting space satellites, debris and asteroids.

AIR 5349

Acquisition of the Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft.

AIR 5431

Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance Sensors

AIR 6500

Joint air battle management systems capability. Works closely with LAND 19.

AIR 6500

Integrated Air and Missile Defence

AIR 7000

Triton Remotely Piloted Unmanned Aircraft System

AIR 7003

Procurement of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

AIR 9000

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

C-17 ISS

Globemaster III In-Service Support

C-27 ISS

Spartan In-Service Support

C-130 ISS

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

F/A-18 ISS

Fighter Attack Aircraft In-Service Support

F-35 ISS

F-35A Joint Strike Fighter In-Service Support


Fleet Marine Services Contract


Helicopter Aircrew Training System

ICT 2270

Vetting Transformation project to improve vetting services

ICT 2273

Maritime Fleet Information Environment (FIE) modernisation program

ICT 2283

Defence enterprise resource planning project to rationalise Defence ICT applications environment


Jindalee Operational Radar Network

JP 2008

Next Generation of Satellite Communication Systems

JP 2047

ICT Transformation Project

JP 2060

Deployable health

JP 2072

Delivery of combat radios and ancillary equipment to replace the Wagtail, Pintail and Raven Fleets

JP 2080

Human resource payroll system

JP 2089

Upgrade of the current information communication and network technologies within key defence systems to standardise and speed up data sharing and facilitate centralised control

JP 2096

Multi-phase project to create an integrated and unified dataset for ISR and decision support

JP 8190

Modernise Fuel Support Systems

JP 9101

Enhanced Defence High-Frequency Communications System

JP 9102

New military satellite capability

JP 9131

Defensive Cyberspace Operations; to strengthen the cyber defences of deployed ADF networks and combat platforms


Acquisition of next-generation satellite technology (Australian Defence SATCOM System)

JP 9711

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.

LAND 121

High-capability field vehicles, modules and trailers (protected and non-protected)

LAND 125

Modernise ADF’s Combat Capability

LAND 129

Procurement of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems

LAND 154

Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) program

LAND 155

Delivery of Enhanced Gap-Crossing Equipment, including the delivery of bridge bays and logistics packages

LAND 159

Modernisation of small arms and direct dire support weapons

LAND 200

Collation of the two distinct battle management system requirements of LAND 75 and LAND 125

LAND 400

Acquisition of Armed Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARV) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army

LAND 2072

Enhance the ADF’s land-based communications capability.

LAND 2110

Improvement of the ADF's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defence (CBRND) capability

LAND 3025

Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE) support

LAND 4111

Protected Mobility Mobilisation. Standardising and modernising the protected mobility capability


Shelters and supporting infrastructure for additional CH-47F Chinook helicopters In-Service Support

LAND 4503

Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Replacement

LAND 4507

Multi Role Helicopter Rapid Replacement

LAND 8113

Long Range Fires

LAND 8116

Revived program to supply a locally built, self-propelled howitzer artillery system

LAND 8120

Earth moving and material handling equipment

Land 8160

Combat Engineering Vehicles

LAND 8710

Army Littoral Manoeuvre


Landing Helicopter Dock In-Service Support

Loyal Wingman

Australia’s first domestically designed and built combat drone


Land Systems Division In-Service Support


The Abrams tank In-Service Support

M113 ISS

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

SEA 1180/CAN

Construction of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels in Adelaide and Perth

SEA 1350

Maritime Underwater Tracking Range (MUTR)

SEA 1442

Upgrade of ANZAC Class Frigate communication systems

SEA 1448

ANZAC Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade

SEA 1654

Procurement of two Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ships (AOR)

SEA 1905

Program for future maritime mine countermeasures and military survey capability into NSW and ACT

SEA 2273

Fleet Information Environment (FIE) modernisation project

SEA 5000

Next generation of naval surface combatants, replacing the ANZAC and FFG class vessels. Also referred to as the Hunter Program

USMC Support

Development of facilities to support 1,100 US Marines on rotation in northern Australia


Extra-Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles


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