Victorian Defence Companies Band Together

More than 20 Victorian defence companies have taken part in a business workshop as the Andrews Labor Government helps build a defence industry of the future.

Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman today visited Victoria University in Sunshine to meet with companies participating in the Doing Business In Defence workshop.

On show at the workshop was BAE Systems Australia’s state-of-the-art AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, specially designed for the LAND 400 Phase Two program.

The Labor Government has signed a Heads of Agreement with BAE Systems to build the vehicles at the former Holden site at Fisherman’s Bend, should it win the contract.

The project is worth around $5 billion and would create more than 2,000 manufacturing and supply chain jobs in Victoria, including in Melbourne’s west.

Today’s workshop focused on Victoria’s defence industry landscape and how it operates, opportunities to secure business in the defence supply chain and how to engage defence customers.

Four workshops organised by the Victorian Defence Procurement Office are being held across Melbourne over the next two months.

The Doing Business In Defence workshops build on the Labor Government’s support for the sector – including the $2 million Victorian Defence Industry Supply Chain Program which helps local businesses secure new defence contracts.

Victoria’s defence sector is worth $8 billion to the local economy every year and is made up of about 20,000 personnel and 400 businesses.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“We have a very proud defence industry in Victoria, and we want to give local businesses the best opportunity to secure contracts and create new jobs.”

“The LAND 400 project is the perfect opportunity to harness our highly-skilled manufacturing workforce and build the next-generation of combat vehicles.”

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