Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

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

ACT looks to grow local economy and defence industry

canberra

The ACT government is aiming to further diversify the local economy and create more jobs through the launch of the ACT Defence Industry Advisory Board and the Canberra Region Defence Industry Capability Directory.

The ACT government is aiming to further diversify the local economy and create more jobs through the launch of the ACT Defence Industry Advisory Board and the Canberra Region Defence Industry Capability Directory.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research Meegan Fitzharris announced the establishment of the board and directory on Friday, 17 March.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The development of the board and directory aims to grow areas where the ACT has significant capabilities, including space and spatial technologies, geospatial intelligence, cyber security, health and fitness and the services that go to support defence.

The board will also provide strategic advice on maximising the benefit of the Defence White Paper to the Canberra region. 

The Department of Defence already injects an estimated $3.1 billion into the Canberra region’s economy and creates about 16,800 jobs. When related industries are taken into account, it is estimated the defence sector contributes around $7 billion and 30,000 jobs to the Canberra region.

The board aims to provide members with strong military credentials and an understanding of the key sectors that are the future drivers of the diversification of the local economy.

Board members include: 

PROMOTED CONTENT
  • Air Marshal (Ret’d) Geoff Brown AO - chair
  • Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Mark Skidmore AM
  • Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Raydon Gates AO CSM
  • Brigadier (Ret’d) Alison Creagh CSC
  • Tony Henshaw, chair of the Canberra Cyber Network
  • Adam Smith, CEO of Geoplex Pty Ltd and chair of the Canberra Space-Spatial Sector Development Committee
  • Robert Forbes, commercial director, CEA Technologies and chair of the ACT branch of the Australian Industry Defence Network
  • Glenn Keys, co-founder Aspen Medical and chair of the Canberra Business Chamber's Defence Taskforce
  • Kate Lundy, ACT Defence Industry Advocate (ex-officio).

The Canberra Region Defence Industry Capability Directory is available at www.act.gov.au/defence. Companies and organisations wishing to be included in the directory can also register at the website.

 

ACT looks to grow local economy and defence industry
Canberra.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jun 18 2021
Australian soldiers join war fighting exercise in the US
Army soldiers from Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade have joined partner forces from the US Army, British Army and Canadian Army fo...
Jun 18 2021
Commonwealth delivers Guardian Class vessel to Kiribati
The island nation has received the Austal-built patrol boat at a formal ceremony on Friday. ...
Jun 18 2021
Raytheon Australia funds veterans scholarship program
The defence prime has partnered with the university to support the academic endeavours of former ADF personnel. ...