- Defence West will strive to deliver defence contracts and jobs for WA
- A WA Defence Advocate will be appointed and a biennial defence trade show will be established
- McGowan Government will soon meet its election pledge to set up specialised defence office
- Premier hosts defence Industry Engagement Consortium
A fresh approach to the State's defence industry is about to commence with the launch of Defence West, a new body which will work to secure more defence work for Western Australia and create jobs for Western Australians.
Premier Mark McGowan and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia announced the State Government would soon meet its election commitment to establish a specialised defence office.
Defence West will prepare a defence strategy to guide its efforts in actively campaigning to secure a greater share of Australia's defence contracts for the State.
A WA Defence Advocate will be appointed soon and a panel of specialist advisers will be established to champion the interests of WA's defence industry with Federal Ministers, defence executives and other key decision makers.
Defence West will also establish a biennial Indian Ocean trade show in Perth to promote the State's capabilities.
The launch comes on the same day the Premier and Minister will hold an Industry Engagement Consortium with key stakeholders in WA's defence industry.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"WA boasts an experienced shipbuilding industry with the expertise and capability to build the next generation of Navy vessels, creating more jobs for Western Australians.
"WA is set to receive just 3.7 per cent of the national defence spend but the State Government will demand a bigger share of defence work for the State.
"We've identified defence as a key pillar for diversifying the State's economy and believe through strategic advocacy we can secure our fair share of the defence budget.
"Today's defence Industry Engagement Consortium will provide an opportunity to work with WA's defence industry to drive more jobs for Western Australians."
Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
"Our proximity to operational areas, and being home to the country's largest Navy Base, means WA already plays a key role in Australia's strategic interests.
"We also have the greatest concentration of defence-related prime contractors and small to medium enterprises of any capital in Australia.
"WA has the capacity, capability and workers to undertake large contracts and Defence West will champion our assets nationally and internationally."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600