Economic opportunities

NSW has received a significant proportion of national Defence funding, with Defence-related operations in NSW generating in excess of $5.4 billion annually. The NSW Government recognises the significant contributions made by Defence and defence-related industries to the state in terms of attracting investment, economic growth and job creation.

Significant Defence acquisition decisions are being made now and over the next decade and NSW industry is well placed to respond to capability and capacity requirements, either within NSW or in partnership with other states and territories. A strategic and coordinated approach to developing NSW industry has potential to substantially increase direct Defence expenditure in NSW with significant flow-on benefits.

For every $1 billion recurrent Defence operational spending (non-capital) that comes into NSW, the estimated economic impact is approximately $1.4 billion in Gross State Product (GSP) and 10,000 jobs supported.

Each $1B in government spending on NSW defence operations boosts NSW GSP by $1.4B

Each $1B in government spending on NSW defence operations supports 3,500 defence jobs and supports 6,500 jobs in other sectors equals 3,500 defence jobs plus 6,500 jobs in other sectors

NSW Defence profile

NSW  defence personnel

Graph of states and territories with percentage of military and civilian Defence personnel: NSW 26%, QLD 22%, ACT 19%, Vic 13%, SA 7%, NT 6%, WA 5%, overseas 1% and Tas 0%

NSW defence and industry employment

Defence and industry employment NSW 2014-15 graph

Employment impacts by industry in NSW

Employment impacts by industry NSW graph

NSW share of employment by region

Defence and defence industries - share of employment by region graph

NSW defence bases and facilities

Map of major defence bases in NSW

Value-added impacts by industry in NSW

Annual value-added impacts by industry in NSW based on $1 billion in Defence operational spending