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Government bolsters defence skills with $50m boost

The Commonwealth government is aiming to further build the skills of the Australian Defence Force, awarding a $50 million contract to a Victorian education and training provider to deliver specialist skills training for Defence.

The Commonwealth government is aiming to further build the skills of the Australian Defence Force, awarding a $50 million contract to a Victorian education and training provider to deliver specialist skills training for Defence.

The Box Hill Institute, in Melbourne’s CBD, has signed a five-year contract extension that will see it continue to provide technical and trade training to Army, Air Force and Navy personnel.

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The training will be delivered through the Defence Command Support Training Centre, which operates at a number of Defence bases across Australia.

It will include developing the cyber, communications, military policing and intelligence skills of new and existing ADF personnel.

The contract demonstrated the Morrison government’s recognition of the importance of ensuring the ADF had the strongest, most contemporary skillset to defend Australia, according to Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price.

“We are facing a deteriorating strategic environment where the challenges we face are constantly changing," Minister Price said.

"This means our training must be cutting edge and adaptable to ensure we are ready to deal with the threats at hand, and I am extremely confident that this contract will ensure that happens."

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About 35 per cent of the trainees are new to Defence and completing their initial employment training in their trade, with the remainder of current serving personnel returning for career development or progression training in their trade. 

The new contract includes music training for ADF musicians to generate the Air Force, Navy and Army band capabilities.

The contract will adapt to the future learning requirements of Defence, including accommodating increases in training capacity.

According to Minister Price, the Morrison Government is proud to invest in programs that further strengthen Defence’s industry partnerships.

“We know that our sailors, soldiers and aviators must have the best training support available, both now and into the future,” Minister Price concluded.

“The Box Hill Institute has considerable experience working hand-in-hand with military instructors and I am confident that it will continue to provide highly effective training.”

The Box Hill Institute has been training the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, Australian Public Servants and members of foreign nations' militaries since 2014.

The CST program currently trains in excess of 1,200 Defence members annually.

[Related: Japan and Vietnam deepen security ties]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, major in Media, Culture and Technology; minor in Psychology from UNSW Sydney as well as a Diploma of Journalism from Macleay College.

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