Homebush Bay the new location for $10 million Thales Australia headquarters

4 April 2012

Thales Australia, one of Australia's largest defence contractors, will establish its new Australian headquarters at Homebush Bay in Western Sydney.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner announced in January that the NSW Government had helped secure Thales Australia's commitment to Sydney with assistance from NSW Trade & Investment.

"Thales' decision to choose Homebush as its new Australian base reinforces Western Sydney's status as the leading advanced manufacturing region in Australia," Mr Stoner said in his announcement on 4 April.

Thales Australia delivers advanced engineering, network and simulation solutions to defence, civil and export customers.

Thales Australia's long term lease at the Navy's Garden Island facility in Sydney expires in 2013. The company will invest $10 million to establish its new headquarters at Sydney Olympic Park, while continuing its maritime support to the Navy at Garden Island.

The Thales Australia headquarters is a major operation, employing close to 500 people across functions such as senior management, tender bid management, project engineering and management, research and development, training, simulation, sales and marketing, and professional services and administration.

The majority of headquarters staff currently working at Garden Island will move to the new facility at Homebush Bay with some moving to Thales' existing site at Rydalmere in the company's global centre for Underwater Systems.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said work was underway on the new headquarters building in Murray Rose Avenue, Homebush Bay.

"The support from the NSW Government has been a key factor in Thales Australia's decision to establish its new Australian headquarters in Sydney. The location is ideal, in close proximity to suppliers and geographically convenient for our staff. We look forward to being based at Homebush Bay for many years to come."