Victoria plays a critical role in the development and sustainment of Australia's defence capacity, and is recognised globally for innovation and world-class defence industry capabilities.

The state has a proven track record in delivering major Australian and international defence projects, including platforms and capabilities for the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Victoria's defence sector contributes up to $8 billion to the state's economy annually. The sector employs approximately 20,000 people: 7,000 in industry and 13,000 in the Australian Defence Organisation. It includes more than 400 businesses and which make equipment and provide services for defence activities.

Video: Victoria, Defence Industry Excellence

Victoria's strengths

Victoria's defence excellence is highlighted by:

  • Australia's highest concentration of advanced defence technology capability.
  • Competitive advantages include engineering, design, research, advanced manufacturing, cyber technologies, robotics and professional services.
  • Capabilities in future defence industry growth areas, such as cyber security, military vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace technology and defence service provision.
  • World-class research and development sector supported by a world class tertiary education sector.

Defence sector strategy

The Defence Technologies Sector Strategy is available on Business Victoria's Future Industries page.

More information

For further information about Victoria's Defence industry, visit the Defence Victoria website.

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