Defence Industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with the yearly budget set to increase by over 80 percent — from A$32.4 billion in the 2016-17 FY to A$58.7 billion in 2025-26 FY — over the next decade. As the Commonwealth commits to upgrading a multitude of platforms, systems and infrastructure, the industry is experiencing a renewed focus on large-scale growth and innovation. To deliver on these large and long-term projects set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper, a collaboration between Defence and industry is a vital priority, along with huge workforce growth.
As it becomes progressively clear that there are not enough workers in Defence Industry to fill all the roles needed, Defence Industry organisations are increasingly looking outside of the industry to find the talent required. Although this presents an excellent opportunity to those outside of defence looking to reap the rewards of working in Defence Industry
; historically, individuals that are unfamiliar with the unique characteristics of the Defence Industry workforce have found it difficult to integrate into this complex industry.
To help much-needed talent make the most of new opportunities in Defence Industry, we have compiled some tips on how to familiarise yourself with the industry before you enter it for the first time.