In a move to promote Western Australia’s defence industry both in Australia and overseas, the state has launched the inaugural WA Defence Industry Capability Directory.
The directory, containing more than 100 local companies, is the result of the defence industry capability assessment undertaken by TCF Services, on behalf of Defence West.
The capability assessment, which was open to local industry from late 2017 until March 2018, asked businesses to examine their capabilities and assess them against the six capability streams of the Defence Integrated Investment Program.
Western Australia’s Defence Issues Minister, Paul Papalia, who launched the directory yesterday, said the directory will be used by the WA Defence Advocate Rear Admiral (Rtd) Raydon Gates AO CSM and Defence West to promote WA defence industry to key decision makers.
“The directory will also be provided to the WA Government international offices for promotion to a range of international markets with a view to increasing the State’s defence exports,” he added.
The companies included in this inaugural directory, the majority of which are small to medium-sized enterprises, were considered to most closely match the immediate requirements of the Defence Integrated Investment Program.
The directory also includes capability information of all four Team WA universities – The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University, as well as South Metropolitan TAFE.
Defence West will continue this capability assessment work and the directory will be expanded on a regular basis to include more of the State’s world-class, globally competitive companies.