Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters.

Defence SA is a single point of contact for all defence stakeholders, streamlining their interaction across the South Australian Government. We are capturing valuable investment opportunities in the shipbuilding, cyber and systems, defence science and research and space domains.

South Australia is at the forefront of the nation’s defence and space industries. Renowned for its innovation, world-class research and development, and a highly skilled workforce, the state’s defence industry has a proud history of delivering some of Australia’s largest and most complex defence projects. Defence SA’s mission is to continue maximising investment and jobs from the Australian Defence Force and defence industries.

Working closely with Defence and industry, Defence SA targets investment and expansion opportunities, drives and supports the delivery of major defence projects and facilities, and pursues the location of additional Defence units and capabilities within the state. Defence SA also plays a key role in supporting the Australian Government’s strategic defence policy through increasing local industry participation and ensuring state-of-the-art infrastructure and a highly skilled, industry-ready workforce is in place to underpin defence projects.

Advocacy and Support

The South Australian Government offers a strong and trusted voice, provides strategic advice and continues to raise the profile of the state’s defence capabilities.

We support maximum Australian industry content for upcoming Defence projects in order to create a sustainable defence industry and sovereign capability for the nation.

South Australia is also supportive of additional Defence units for South Australia and the increased use of our Defence assets, such as the Cultana Training Area for combined arms experimentation training.