Preparing for the Subs

HMAS Waller Arrive in Albany

The recent announcement that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed in northern Adelaide was welcome news for all Australians wanting the government to invest in Australian jobs and skills.

This announcement follows those about future Frigates and Patrol Vessels and the road construction projects happening, and planed for South Australia including Darlington Upgrade, O-Bahn extension and soon to be announced Northern Connector.

The Prime Minister stated the Government will maximise Australian industry involvement in the program and will work closely with DCNS (the successful tenderer) to identify opportunities for local businesses to integrate into the supply chain.

What does this mean for northern Adelaide businesses that aren’t in the defence supply chain, given construction of the 12 submarines isn’t due to commence until around 2025?  Well it’s not just about the actual subs!  There will be considerable site works involved at Osborne’s Techport  just to have a facility capable of delivering on the project.  As the DCNS spokesperson said following the announcement that once the signing of contracts has occurred then work will almost start immediately.

If your business provides engineering, construction, earthworks etc. you should be positioning your business now to capture these early opportunities..  This could include:

  • Non-defence:
    • Understand your strengths and be able to articulate the value you can bring to defence contracts.
    • Update you profile (free or paid) on the Industry Capability Network website
    • Register for tender feeds on TendersSA website
    • Register for, and attend the 12 July Northern Adelaide Meet the Buyer event to be held at Grand Central in Elizabeth
    • Register for one of the training sessions put on by the Office of Industry Advocate on Doing Business With Government at either the Polaris or Stretton Centres
  • Defence or businesses looking at defence work:
    • All of the above
    • Get connected with organisations like Defence Teaming Centre and DefenceSA
    • Network in the defence space
    • Identify areas where your business needs to improve capabilities including workforce skills, strategic direction, supply chain relationships, etc.
    • Research and understand the timeframes of the project and the implications of those on your business

If you want assistance in identifying how your business could benefit from future defence contacts, and the current infrastructure project in South Australia, then contact a Business Advisor at the Polaris Business and Innovation Centre on 8260 8205.