Education and Training

South Australia’s educational institutions work closely with the defence sector and are highly responsive to industry needs. 

They have established tailored graduate and postgraduate programs to meet demand for skills in marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime electronics, defence signal information processing, and military systems integration and support.

Defence-specific courses on offer in Adelaide include:

A new Naval Shipbuilding College, aimed at building Australia's workforce for upcoming major shipbuilding programs will soon be established at Osborne, South Australia.

The college will collaborate with Australian education and industry providers, including the Defence Industry Education and Skills Consortium, to increase the size and skill level of Australia's naval shipbuilding and sustainment workforce.

The members of the Consortium include the Defence Teaming Centre, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia and TAFE SA. The college will be run by a new entity, the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, which is a joint venture between Kellog Brown & Root and US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute Asia-Pacific, headquartered in Adelaide, works closely with defence and government organisations, industry, and academia to define its specialist courses.

TAFE SA, South Australia’s largest vocational educator, has long worked with defence industry to develop customised training and defence-specific apprenticeship courses.

The State Government has established a $38 million Mining, Engineering and Transport training hub at TAFE SA’s Regency Campus to support growth in the defence, mining, civil and mechanical engineering, advanced manufacturing, and transport industries.

For further information please direct all enquiries to Julie La Rosa, Executive Director, Strategy Skills & Government Relations at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7140 or