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Call for feedback on Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper

The National Naval Shipbuilding Office has sought expert submissions on the National Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper ahead of the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.

The National Naval Shipbuilding Office has sought expert submissions on the National Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper ahead of the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.

As part of the government's $90 billion investment in developing a sustainable, continuous and competitive National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, the government has called on expert feedback and submissions to the Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper. 

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As the largest capital investment ever undertaken in Australia, the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise represents an entirely new direction in the way Australia underpins its national security interests. The enterprise is about more than building ships, submarines and shipyards – it will establish a long-term sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding and sustainment capability that will generate industry growth and develop secure Australian jobs for the future.

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the government is therefore seeking submissions on the discussion paper, including any pertinent data, to help guide further actions and initiatives to support the development of the naval shipbuilding workforce.

"By providing a submission on the Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper, businesses and other interested parties will help inform the continuous workforce planning being undertaken in support of the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise," Minister Pyne explained. 

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The shipbuilding program serves as the basis for the modernisation of Australia's naval capabilities. Marking a complex, national endeavour requiring consistent, long-term planning, decision making and commitment to the sustained development of the naval shipbuilding industry, and the critical infrastructure and workforce essential to the viability and success of the $90 billion plan. 

Minister Pyne added, "In order to meet the future demands of the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, we must ensure we have the right people, at the right time, with the right skills." 

The Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper sets out some of the key considerations impacting naval shipbuilding strategic workforce planning:

  • Workforce requirements;
  • Workforce supply and challenges; and
  • Responses to workforce challenges. 

The goal of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan is to ensure that the regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy over the coming decades will ensure both a cost-effective solution for the government and provide Navy the assured capability to fight and win. The National Naval Shipbuilding Office has been established to implement the Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

Supporting this plan, the government will invest:

  • More than $1 billion in modern shipyard infrastructure – including innovative and secure shipbuilding infrastructure centred on Osborne, South Australia;
  • Up to $62 million for workforce growth and skilling initiatives to support the delivery of Navy's new surface and submarine platforms – including workforce growth and development; and
  • Maximising Australian industry content supporting the development of Australia's defence industrial base. 

The Discussion Paper is available here, with comments and submissions open until COB Friday, 29 March 2019. For further information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for feedback on Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper
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