Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Exclusive
Airbus backs long-haul AIC approach for JP 9102 push:

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Defence West funding to establish international expo

hmas waller at hmas stirling
HMAS Waller leaves Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The recently released Western Australia 2017-18 state budget has revealed funding will be given to the new Defence West office to establish an Indian Ocean Defence conference.

The recently released Western Australia 2017-18 state budget has revealed funding will be given to the new Defence West office to establish an Indian Ocean Defence conference.

The new office, which is being supported by the state's first defence advocate Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Raydon Gates AO, CSM, has been given $320,000 in funding for establishing a new expo and conference to rival that of Sydney's Pacific conference.

Advertisement
Advertisement

"We have allocated $320,000 to go towards establishing an Indian Ocean Defence Expo and Conference, to be held biennially in Perth," explained Minister for Defence Issues Paul Papalia.

"The conference will showcase the state’s defence industry with the aim of attracting international investment."

Minister Papalia also confirmed to Defence Connect that $3.3 million has been allocated to the new Defence West office as it looks to secure more work for the WA defence industry.

"We have assigned $3.3 million to Defence West develop a defence strategy to help secure a greater share of contracts, assist SME’s to identify and develop export opportunities and continue to ensure WA has fit for purpose infrastructure to undertake Commonwealth defence programs," said Minister Papalia.

Defence West is currently working on proposals in a bid to access funding for the six capability streams outlined in the $195 billion Integrated Investment Program, with WA zeroing in on marine counter measures.

PROMOTED CONTENT

"We know that mines work in the ocean, in the maritime environment, is a real issue confronting the navy. We'd like to put navy operators, users together with potential industry players to develop capability in that field. Again, they'd be objective of meeting their demands and meeting their requirements, giving them a capability, but also developing an export potential, and export opportunities."

Along with this capability stream, the minister said the state is also looking at other areas in the IIP and will be putting ideas forward to the Department of Defence and federal Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.

"There's other areas we're looking at as well. The improvised explosive devices, countering those," Minister Papalia said. 

 

Defence West funding to establish international expo
HMAS-Waller-at-HMAS-Stirling.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jan 18 2022
NT welcomes work on new US-backed fuel storage facility
The Top End is gearing up to host construction of a new fuel storage facility, expected to support the sustainment of US military...
Jan 18 2022
AIM Defence selected by Next Generation Technologies Fund to progress ‘hybrid-twin’ virtual test environment
High-power laser developer AIM Defence has been selected to partner with the Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG) for 16-...
UK strengthens resolve on Ukraine
Jan 18 2022
UK strengthens resolve on Ukraine
The British Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace has reaffirmed the United Kingdom’s support for Ukrainian independence, c...