- State Budget includes $4.9 million for Defence West
- Key election commitment to bring more defence work to WA and create jobs for Western Australians
- Funding will allow the State Government to implement strategies and set up advisory panel
- Promoting WA's defence industry to the world, a priority of the McGowan Labor Government
Western Australia's specialised defence office, Defence West, has been given a $4.9 million budget boost to continue its work in championing the State's defence industry and creating more jobs for Western Australians.
The State Budget includes an additional $4.9 million for the operational costs of the office of Defence West, and the establishment of a Defence West advisory panel.
The funding will allow for additional resources and dedicated staff within Defence West, to implement its strategies and to promote and expand Western Australia's defence industry.
The McGowan Labor Government will continue to develop its Defence Policy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry to create long-term job opportunities.
This includes the development of the biennial Indian Ocean defence trade show, which would showcase and promote the State's defence industry with the aim of attracting international investment.
Funding in the State Budget will also enable the State Government to deliver its election commitment to establish the Defence West advisory panel.
The panel will provide direction and leadership. It is intended to be chaired by the WA Defence Advocate, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Raydon Gates AO CSM, and co-chaired by the Premier.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Defence West is a key component of the State Government's plans to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians.
"It is championing the interests of Western Australia's defence industry and actively campaigning to secure a greater share of the nation's defence spend for WA-based industry.
"As Premier, I am determined to make defence work a priority and have placed Western Australia's defence capabilities front and centre during recent visits to the USA, London and Germany."
Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
"I'm pleased to see this election commitment taking shape, and funding in the State Budget will allow Defence West to begin the important task of securing more defence work for Western Australia.
"WA industry has the knowledge, skills, and capacity to deliver the capability requirements of defence.
"In Defence West, Western Australia finally has a dedicated point of contact for defence and industry stakeholders, and an organisation to represent the interests of local companies in supporting long-term growth for the defence industry sector and long term jobs for Western Australians."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600