Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today that Adelaide will be the home of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, which was announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper, is due to start operations in the second half of 2016.
“Shoal is pleased with the announcement that the Centre for Defence Industry Capability will be based in Adelaide,” said Shoal CEO, Shaun Wilson.
Central to this announcement is the government’s commitment to building capability and competitiveness including developing support for small to medium enterprises and the development of innovative capabilities across industry.
“Shoal currently works quite closely with Defence as an industry partner and sits on key Defence industry panels,” Wilson continued “Shoal has worked on major large-scale Defence projects applying our large-scale complex systems design capability. Having a Centre for Defence Industry Capability in Adelaide where Shoal head office is based, will allow us, as a small to medium enterprise to work more closely with Defence.”
Alongside Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne, Prime Minister Turnbull announced that the centre will receive $230 million in funding from the Federal Government over the next decade.
“This is a matter of profound national importance, that as far as possible, we use our defence dollars to drive Australian industry, Australian innovation, because the benefits go well beyond the defence budget,” he said
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