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 the demand for skilled workers 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:

Naval Shipbuilding College in Osborne, South Australia, was established in April 2018 by the Australian Government, to create a skilled sovereign workforce for the $90 billion continuous shipbuilding program. The College promotes rewarding career pathways into the naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry including design, build, purchasing, project management and supply-chain careers.

Collaboration with the education and training sectors will prove paramount through the Defence Industry Education & Skills Consortium (DIESC) and other private providers to meet the demands of upcoming naval shipbuilding programs to increase the volume and skills of Australia’s workforce. For more information please direct all enquiries to Gary Barker, Talent Acquisition Manager, Naval Shipbuilding College via  

The DIESC includes the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC), University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia and TAFE SA. The college is a joint venture between Kellog Brown & Root and US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).

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 training provider, has long worked with defence industry to develop customised training and defence-specific apprenticeship and technical 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, engineering, advanced manufacturing, and transport industries.  TAFE SA offers courses in engineering, welding, fabrication, CAD design, electronics, electro-technology, instrumentation and control, cyber security, programming, simulation and serious games, as well as training needs analysis expertise to develop customised training programs. Details of defence industry courses are available at Enquiries related to customised courses and programs are welcome at

APR.Intern is a subsided internship program that allows businesses to access specialist research expertise and students to gain invaluable industry experience.The national program places PhD students into businesses across all sectors, including defence and space industries, to work on tightly-focused, three to six month industry research projects.

APR.Intern is currently offering a 50 per cent rebate, supported by the Australian Government, and is focused on driving innovation and accelerating women in STEM through industry and university research collaborations. APR.Intern now have a representative in our office one day per fortnight. For more information, or to connect to your local Business Development advisor David Beecham, email,au or call 8121 5770.  

For further information please direct all enquiries to Emily Young, Director – Defence Industry Workforce & Skills at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 6583 or