Three QLD defence industry advisory groups established

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Three expert advisory groups have been set up by the Queensland government to support the development of the state’s defence industry.

The advisory groups will provide strategic advice about defence industry development and related investments.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said that they had been established to help accelerate the growth of Queensland’s defence sector by building on our state’s world-class defence industrial base, and to increase the number of Queenslanders working in defence manufacturing industries from 6000 to 10,000 over the next decade.

“The Commonwealth’s Defence Capability Framework has outlined planned expenditure of $195 billion over the next decade to strengthen our defence forces – and I am determined that Queensland, home to the largest army and air force bases in the country, gets its fair share,” Dick said.

“To do this, I have established three expert advisory bodies – an overarching Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs, and, importantly, two regionally focused boards for the north and south of the state.”

The three groups will provide expert advice and insight to advance key strategies of the government’s Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which aims to grow and promote industry capability, increase the state’s contribution to national and international supply chains and markets, and create high-skilled jobs.

“Already we’ve seen Rocklea’s Haulmark Trailers Australia and Holmwood Highgate in Loganholme, as part of the Rheinmetall Defence Australia supply chain, benefit from the dederal government’s boosted defence spend through the $1.4 billion LAND 121 program,” Dick said.

“With the assistance of the new advisory groups, more suppliers will come on board as we focus on being responsive to industry needs and views, and creating a globally-focused, diverse economy that delivers high-value, knowledge-based jobs.

“The expertise and experience of the members will give us a valuable perspective on industry challenges and identifying new opportunities as part of our clear mission to grow Queensland’s defence industry.”