South Australia – The Defence State, is home to a critical mass of world-class industry delivering many of Defence’s largest and most complex projects.

Major defence companies across the maritime, aerospace, land, systems and cyber domains have their headquarters or significant operations in the state. A strong core of defence-related small-to-medium enterprises provide goods and services directly to Defence, and deliver into the supply chains of prime contractors in Australia and around the world.

South Australia also has hundreds of other SMEs that supply defence projects with a wide range of services and products, such as structural steel, fasteners, cables and wheel rims. 

The 2016 Defence White Paper recognises industry as a fundamental defence capability and opens the door for a new level of collaboration with defence industry.