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Apprenticeship opening doors to successful career in defence

Georgia Robertson is breaking down barriers and leading the way for women in the defence sector. Georgia Robertson was told she shouldn’t do an apprenticeship as a mechanical fitter and turner. So she went out and did it. She was also told she shouldn’t enter a male-dominated engineering field. So she did. Today, her efforts have more than paid off, having worked her way up to the role of quality assurance/defence security officer at Axiom Precision Manufacturing, charged with ensuring quality manufacturing standards are met and security measures adhered to. Robertson’s pathway to a career in the defence sector began ...

20 December 2021
Apprenticeship opening doors to successful career in defence2021-12-20T14:24:31+10:30

Milestone moment for Arafura class OPVs

A major step forward in Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding program has been achieved, with the launch of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), NUSHIP Arafura. NUSHIP Arafura is the first of two new Arafura class OPVs being constructed in South Australia by Luerssen Australia at the world-class Osborne Naval Shipyard. Since construction began in 2018, a number of local businesses at all stages of the supply chain have been involved in the OPV program. Local industry involvement includes: Saab Australia is partnered with Luerssen on the design and integration of the Arafura class Situational Awareness System (SAS) Raytheon Australia is capability life ...

16 December 2021
Milestone moment for Arafura class OPVs2021-12-17T09:46:28+10:30

SA students gear up for national STEM challenge

Hosted by the University of South Australia and supported by Defence SA, the Re-Engineering Australia (REA) programs saw over 100 South Australian students develop a wide range of STEM skills to design and build miniature submarines and F1 race cars. Three South Australian schools participated in Subs in Schools, with The Heights School winning first place in the remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) class, and Brighton Secondary School taking out spatial design and submarine categories. Brighton Secondary School will go on to compete in the national finals in Melbourne, from 4-8 April 2022, while The Heights School and St Peter’s ...

15 December 2021
SA students gear up for national STEM challenge2021-12-17T09:48:13+10:30

Partnership to boost electronic warfare capabilities in SA

South Australian company DEWC Systems is one step closer to developing sovereign electronic warfare capability for Defence, after joining forces with local company REDARC Defence Systems. Under the multi-million dollar agreement, REDARC will support DEWC by designing and manufacturing capabilities to further enhance and complement DEWC’s growing portfolio of state-of-the-art electronic warfare solutions. Established in 2018, DEWC Systems has already developed a strong reputation for innovation, and as the first Australian company to launch a payload on a space capable rocket from Australian soil, helped lead Australia into the Space 4.0 era. Earlier this week, the company announced a strategic ...

3 December 2021
Partnership to boost electronic warfare capabilities in SA2021-12-03T11:35:43+10:30

CGI establishes a Space, Defence and Intelligence Hub in South Australia

Global IT and business consulting services firm CGI is establishing its new Space, Defence and Intelligence Hub in South Australia with plans to create up to 200 highly skilled technical jobs by 2024 across the country. With 80,000 consultants and professionals worldwide, the company, founded in 1976, delivers mission-critical IT systems to organisations across Australia. CGI selected South Australia as the location to expand its operations in Australia, tapping into the artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data capabilities the state has to offer. CGI is an end-to-end services provider, providing business and strategic IT consulting, systems integration and managed ...

2 December 2021
CGI establishes a Space, Defence and Intelligence Hub in South Australia2021-12-03T11:21:36+10:30

Hunter frigate apprentices sail to next stage of career

Some of South Australia’s youngest and brightest apprentices are forging life-long careers in the state’s naval shipbuilding industry, having recently completed the first stage of their apprenticeship on the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Marking a significant step towards building Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding workforce, BAE Systems Australia’s first 16 school-based apprentices graduated from high school and will now enter the next phase of their apprenticeship program. The apprentices, who are from 10 South Australian high schools, will now work full-time at the Osborne Naval Shipyard for a further three years, before b