Defence industry productivity conference

Senior leaders from some of Australia’s largest defence companies will meet today to discuss key challenges currently facing the multi-billion dollar defence industry. Today’s SA Partners Building Defence Industry Productivity Conference will include presentations from leading Defence organisations including BAE Systems, Airbus and ASC. Defence SA’s Chief Executive Andy Keough will open the conference, providing…

The spirit of Aboriginal WWI digger finally going home

A State Government grant will help the family of Aboriginal World War I digger Miller Mack, who died in 1919, conduct a special service that will see his remains reinterred, with full military honours, at his home at the Raukkan community, near the Murray Mouth. For almost a century, 25-year-old Private Mack’s remains lay in…

South Australia leads nation in key business measures

Businesses in South Australia have a clear competitive advantage over their interstate counterparts, a new independent report shows. Analysis by the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute compared workforce costs, quality of life and liveability with Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia as part of a bid document by a major defence company. Releasing the…

Marshall’s Monarto Mirage

The airports industry has slammed the Opposition Leader’s plan for a freight airport at Monarto. The Australian Airports Association, the national industry voice for 260 airports and aerodromes in Australia has also written to the State Government and advised that; it was not consulted on the proposal; it threatens the viability of current facilities and…

International ship designers converge on Adelaide

Adelaide is set to be a hot-spot for international shipbuilding companies in coming weeks with three ship designers visiting Techport Australia and holding engagement forums with South Australia’s defence industry ahead of 2018’s jobs windfall. Offshore Patrol Vessel contender Damen from the Netherlands is visiting Adelaide until February 1, next week Future Frigate contender Fincantieri…

AWD program reaches new milestone

The first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart, today commenced the next phase of sea trials, undertaking testing of combat, communications and additional platform systems. Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith congratulated everyone involved in the project on the milestone and said that it was another demonstration of South Australia’s strong shipbuilding capabilities. The project is being…

New defence innovation partnership set to give SA the edge

South Australia is establishing the Defence Innovation Partnership, a new organisation that will generate defence-related research and development activity for the state. Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said the new partnership allows South Australia to continue putting its best foot forward as the Defence State in support of the naval shipbuilding program and other key…