Defence and aerospace

NSW Defence and Industry Strategy

NSW: Strong, Smart and ConnectedNSW: Strong, smart and connected sets out a roadmap for NSW to capitalise on its existing strengths and to make it the lead state for defence investment. The strategy prioritises the defence industry as a key driver of growth and innovation across the state, especially in regional NSW.

The strategy will help NSW:

  • sustain and enhance existing defence industry investment
  • seek new investment to better position NSW’s defence industries
  • engage the state’s substantial research and development (R&D) capacity, focusing it on emerging areas crucial to Australia’s Defence needs

Defence NSW, an organisation within NSW Department of Industry, is responsible for coordinating all defence and defence industry-related activities for the NSW Government. This approach will support the state’s defence industry and provide whole-of-government leadership, advocacy and engagement with the sector.

Download the NSW Defence and Industry Strategy NSW: Strong, smart and connected PDF, 6328.69 KB

The NSW Defence Industry Suppliers Directory provides details of many of the defence-related companies operating in NSW.

Diverse opportunities for businesses

Home to the largest number of defence bases and facilities in the nation, New South Wales is uniquely positioned to help the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the defence industry. NSW also provides the largest number of military and civilian personnel to the ADF of any Australian state or territory and is home to the Australian headquarters of some of the world's largest defence contractors.

The presence of substantial, technologically advanced defence facilities within the state present diverse opportunities for businesses. Several international companies have already established headquarters or operations in NSW in industries including:

  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Marine
  • Heavy engineering and fabrication
  • Vehicle construction

NSW has the largest number of defence bases and facilities in Australia. As such, these facilities require the construction of considerable infrastructure to service large and complex operations. Large defence contractors employed in these projects give rise to significant opportunities for small to medium-sized enterprises.

A strong defence industry requires many people, not just those in uniform. NSW's large Defence presence of more than 20,000 people ensures significant civilian contracting and employment opportunities. As a result, an additional 6,500 are employed directly in the defence industry, and a further 19,500 people in NSW in other sectors that support defence.