SECURING AUSTRALIA’S DEFENCE INDUSTRY
A DISCUSSION PAPER
This discussion paper was drawn from selected keynotes presented at the inaugural Securing Australia’s Defence Industry Forum event held in Melbourne on the 18th of May 2016.
The government’s Defence White Paper and accompanying Defence Industry Policy Statement inextricably link national security and economic prosperity with capability planning. This raises important questions for the defence industry, not only in the provision of Australia’s defence materiel, but also regarding its role in the transition of the wider economy away from low-cost manufacturing and mining. For example, what should the sector do to become more innovative? How can it open itself up more to technology, talented personnel, SMEs and start-ups? And, how can the defence sector help put Australia on the map as part of global supply chains?