Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will today meet with Federal Defence Minister Marise Payne in Perth as part of the campaign to promote Western Australia's naval shipbuilding and heavy engineering capability.
Mr Mischin said the Australian Government was investing $89 billion in naval shipbuilding and maintenance programs, which Western Australian companies had the infrastructure, expertise and track record to support.
"The State Government has a strong interest in the future and sustainability of the Australian naval industry and is actively promoting WA's capability to build and maintain the naval vessels outlined in the Defence White Paper," he said.
"During the meeting with Senator Payne, I will highlight the State's strengths and extensive experience in heavy engineering, fabrication, and naval shipbuilding maintenance and repair.
"Both the private and public sectors have invested heavily to build capability in these areas and, as a result, we have a local industry which is internationally competitive and innovative.
"They have honed their skills working on major extractive resource projects including Gorgon, Wheatstone and Prelude, and should be playing a role in these defence projects.
"Western Australian companies bidding for work associated with the multibillion-dollar package have my full support and I will continue to promote their capabilities to key decision makers."
The Minister said the State and Australian governments had invested more than $400 million in infrastructure at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) to support current and future submarines and other naval shipbuilding projects.
"This State has well-established common use infrastructure and experienced private sector contractors who deliver excellent results," he said.
"We understand the importance of the future defence programs and welcome the opportunity to showcase how we can provide support."
The WA Defence Council meeting is taking place at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
The AMC is home to more than 150 design, support and service companies which support manufacturing for the local maritime, defence and resource sectors
Minister's office - 6552 5600