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On 16 May 2017, the Australian Government announced the release of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan. Signifying the largest nation-building project in Australian history.

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$90 billion has been committed to build a strong, sustainable and innovative Australian naval shipbuilding industry to serve Australia’s naval defences, protect our maritime borders and create thousands of new jobs for decades to come.


The Naval Shipbuilding Plan is a national endeavor involving all states and territories and will deliver enduring, long-term benefits for Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, workforce and national economy for generations to come.


Discover how you can be part of Australia’s history-making Naval Shipbuilding Program:

  • 21 Pacific Patrol Boats
  • 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels
  • 9 Hunter class Frigates
  • 12 Attack class Submarines
  • Modern shipyard infrastructure including advanced manufacturing, R&D and engineering facilities
  • Innovative industrial capabilities and practices

SEA 1000

12 Attack class Submarines

Production schedule: 2022-2051

First submarine to enter service: Early 2030s

Prime shipbuilder: Naval Group

Designer: Naval Group

System integrator: Lockheed Martin Australia


The Sea 1000 submarine program aims to deliver Australia a regionally superior submarine capability, which will be built, operated and sustained with a sovereign workforce.


The program seeks to ensure that the Australian industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the submarine is established.


This will involve maximising the involvement of Australian industry in all phases of the Program without unduly compromising capability, cost or schedule. All submarines will be built in Australia at the submarine construction yards in Osborne, South Australia.


The first submarine will begin service in the early 2030s with construction of the last submarine in the 2050s with sustainment continuing until the 2080s.


The Attack class submarine will provide Australia with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence during periods of global uncertainty. The superior capability of the submarines will include the ability to conduct a variety of missions, independently, or as part of a task group.


In order to meet Australia’s unique capability requirements, the Attack class will have superior sensor performance, stealth characteristics, as well as range and endurance similar to the Collins class submarines.


For more information visit Royal Australian Navy.

SEA 5000

9 Hunter class Frigates

Prototyping: commence in 2020 and construction of the first frigate in 2022

Production schedule: 2020-2042

First frigate to enter service: 2028

Prime shipbuilder: BAE Systems Australia Ltd

Designer: BAE Systems Australia Ltd

Systems integrator: SAAB, Lockheed Martin Australia


The SEA 5000 program aims to develop workforce capabilities in design and engineering, combat systems, program management, production and supply chain management.


This will maximise opportunities for Australian suppliers, including supplying systems, and equipment and initiatives to nurture and grow small-to-medium sized businesses.


Also included will be the transfer of technology and intellectual property to Australia, investment in infrastructure and early careers program, Research and Development (R&D) development of export prospects and creation of opportunities for indigenous suppliers and indigenous employment.


The Hunter class will provide the Australian Defence Force with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty.


They will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.


The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


For more information visit Royal Australian Navy.

SEA 1180

Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels

Production schedule: 2018-2021 two vessels to be built in SA

2021-2031 10 vessels to be built in Western Australia

First OPV to enter service: 2021

Prime shipbuilder: ASC Shipbuilding/CIVMEC

Designer: Luerssen

Systems integrator: Saab


Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are an important first step in Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy. With construction commencing in Adelaide, before transferring to Western Australia when the Hunter class Frigate program begins in South Australia in 2020.


With the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program well advanced, building the OPVs at Osborne Naval Shipyard will ensure our shipbuilding workforce and infrastructure remain engaged until the Hunter class frigate build starts.


Luerssen will partner with Adelaide-based ASC Shipbuilding to build the first two OPVs and Perth-based CIVMEC to construct the remaining 10 new vessels.


The program is estimated at around $4 billion and will create more than 400 jobs, plus additional supply chain opportunities for South Australian businesses.


The OPV’s will replace the 13 existing Armidale Class patrol boats and enhance the Australian Defence Forces’ capacity to support border security, maritime resource protection and military patrol and response operations.


The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. State-of-the-art sensors as well as command and communication systems will allow the OPVs to operate alongside Australian Border Force vessels, Australian Defence Force units and other regional partners.


The OPV design will support specialist mission packages, such as a maritime tactical unmanned aerial system and into the future, rapid environmental assessment and deployable mine counter-measure capabilities.


For more information visit Royal Australian Navy.

Ongoing sustainment

The Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise also includes the ongoing sustainment of all new naval vessels as well as the majority which are currently in service including the Air Warfare Destroyers, Collins class submarines and Pacific Patrol boats.


It’s an exciting time in Australia’s defence industry, with tens of thousands of skilled and professional jobs needed to implement the Commonwealth’s first continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.
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The Naval Shipbuilding College (the College) is an Australian Government initiative which is managed on behalf of the Australian Government by the Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI) is a joint venture between Kellogg Brown and Root and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Headquartered in Osborne, South Australia, the College commenced operations on 3rd April 2018.


The initial focus of the College is to establish industry workforce requirements, build capacity and increase annual attendance at education and training facilities around Australia.


In addition, the College is tasked to increase key entry-level trade qualifications to meet initial construction demand and boost apprenticeship opportunities.


Long term, the College will continue to expand educational and work placement pathways for students, graduates and qualified workers from allied industries, to meet increased workforce demand.


It is a time of unprecedented growth in Australia’s defence industry, with tens of thousands of skilled and professional jobs needed to implement the Commonwealth’s first continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.


Our mission is to ensure that a suitably skilled and qualified sovereign workforce is available to meet the needs of shipbuilders who will deliver our latest naval assets.


We will achieve this by:

  • Building community awareness of the Commonwealth Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Program, in particular the career and training opportunities available.
  • Connecting Australian students and an Australian workforce with the education system and employers, via a national workforce register.


The College is partnering with education and training providers to grow Australia’s naval shipbuilding workforce. We connect students across Australia with providers of endorsed shipbuilding courses.


Through collaboration with our partners, we ensure that training and education courses are developed in consultation with Australia’s shipbuilding and sustainment industries to ensure their needs are met.


We also work with industry partners to connect students with apprenticeship opportunities in the shipbuilding or supply chain industries.


The College consults with industry to understand their workforce requirements from design through the construction and sustainment phases.


This allows us to:

  • Develop the criteria for the skills and qualifications relevant to Australia’s naval shipbuilders and the supporting supply chain, against which potential workforce candidates are assessed.
  • Develop standards for naval shipbuilding education and training courses provided by our education partners across the country.
  • Connect industry with suitably skilled candidates for employment or apprenticeships.


The naval shipbuilding industry has played an integral role in the defence of Australia over the past 160 years.


Naval shipbuilding and repair in Australia began when the first dockyards were built in Williamstown, Garden Island and Cockatoo Island in the 1850s. The first Australian-built naval warship HMAS Warrego was delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1912.


While these dockyards produced naval vessels for the RAN in the following decades, Australia continued to rely heavily on naval vessels from offshore providers in the UK and US throughout most of the last century.


Australia’s domestic naval shipbuilding industry reached a turning point in the 1980s, when the Australian Government announced a commitment to revitalise Australia’s shipbuilding capability.


The successful production of two Australian Frigates in Williamstown saw the beginning of a modern, competitive, self-reliant naval shipbuilding industry in Australia for the first time, setting the scene for Australia’s naval shipbuilding evolution.


Subsequent successful naval shipbuilding projects in the 1990s, such as Collins class submarines by ASC, ANZAC Frigates by Tenix and Minehunter coastal vessels by ADI, indisputably proved Australia’s capacity to build complex naval vessels and ensured the continued viability, capability and competitiveness of Australia’s shipbuilding industry.


Working in collaboration with industry, training providers, education providers and other key stakeholders across Australia, the College is identifying what jobs will be required, when and how best to supply these workers to the Enterprise.


Construction of Australia’s new fleet of world class, naval vessels will run for the next 30 years followed by a further three decades of sustainment work – providing a job for life for many Australians.


The College is building an Australian workforce by raising community awareness of the job opportunities within the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise through:

  • Operating the national Workforce Register to connect industry with suitably skilled candidates for employment and apprenticeships.
  • Identifying clear education and training skilling pathways that can lead to jobs within the Enterprise.
  • Implementing a Naval Shipbuilding Scholar program to engage with students, promote STEM-rich study and highlight the benefits of a career in the naval shipbuilding industry.
  • Partnering with education and training providers across Australia to adapt and deliver programs to meet naval shipbuilding industry standards.


The Workforce Register is the first port of call for people contemplating a career within Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.


First time entrants, people transitioning from adjacent industries or those wishing to up-skill within the industry can be connected with appropriate education and training providers and potential employers across Australia, to become ‘job ready.’


Candidate Engagement Consultants provide tailored educational and career path guidance to people seeking to acquire the skills, training and experience required by employers associated with the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


Joining the Workforce Register will give candidates access to:

  • A dedicated Candidate Engagement Consultant who will help identify and tailor career and upskilling work options.
  • A skills assessment and pre-screening in preparation for future job opportunities.
  • Notification of job opportunities in the naval shipbuilding industry.
  • Employers in the naval shipbuilding industry
  • The quarterly College Chronicle e-newsletter providing updates and unique insights into the naval shipbuilding industry
  • Face-to-face career and information forums hosted by the Naval Shipbuilding College


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What the Naval Shipbuilding College does for Industry

Find trade-qualified, job-ready workers or apprentices through our Workforce Register to help build our naval fleet and provide supply chain services. The Workforce Register is a continuously updated data base containing hundreds of pre-screened and qualified job seekers from every state and territory in Australia who are ready, willing and able to join the naval shipbuilding industry.
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Building the future workforce of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry

The Naval Shipbuilding College (the College) is leading the way in developing and building a cost-effective, job ready sovereign workforce which will deliver the needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.


The College is working collaboratively with prime naval shipbuilding companies, system integrators, sustainers and the supply chain industry. The College represents the combined voice of the naval shipbuilding industry identifying what jobs will be required, when and where.


The College is focused on preparing a future naval shipbuilding workforce, so shipbuilders can concentrate on what they do best – building ships.


We have partnered with training and education providers across Australia. This is to ensure industry-endorsed training and education programs are offered nationally and are aligned with specific naval shipbuilding industry skill requirements. The results are an increase in the number of qualified and experienced candidates entering the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


The College is putting naval shipbuilding careers on the map by educating and engaging with the community to highlight what is on offer:

  • An exciting diversity of career opportunities.
  • The opportunity for rapid progression within the industry.
  • Clear and defined education and training upskilling pathways.
  • A focus on increasing traditionally under-represented groups including women, ATSI and CALD cohorts in naval shipbuilding.
  • The opportunity to work with world-leading technology.
  • Contributing to the defence capability of Australia.

The College manages the national Workforce Register, which directly connects industry with hundreds of job ready workers and apprentices across Australia who are ready for employment in the naval shipbuilding industry.


To ensure the suitability and readiness to join the naval shipbuilding workforce, all candidates have been:

  • Assessed against comprehensive industry skills and qualifications criteria, developed from consultation with Australian naval shipbuilding and sustainment industries.
  • Counselled on career or training opportunities by a Candidate Engagement Consultant.
  • Pre-screened for employment via background checks.


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Enjoy a career working on the most technologically advanced project in the world.
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The first stage of the continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program is estimated to run for the next 50 years offering an exciting and evolving career for life.


Advancement and upskilling opportunities will ensure you won’t finish your career where you started.


Workers within the shipbuilding industry will experience a number of exciting roles and responsibilities over the course of their career as their skill and experience grow.


Apprentice welder to CEO of a Prime shipbuilding company? That’s already happened (CIVMEC).


Whether you are new to the workforce or looking for a change in job or career, by joining the naval shipbuilding industry you will help build Australia’s new, world-class naval fleet.


Thousands of Australian workers will be needed, encompassing a diverse range of careers, including:

  • Trades – Welders, Boilermakers, Plumbers, Electricians
  • Designers – CAD/CAM
  • Project Managers, Planners, Schedulers
  • Mechanical Engineers – Hull, Propulsion, Piping Systems, HVAC
  • Electrical Engineers – Communications, Combat Systems, Power
  • Systems Engineers
  • Process/Manufacturing Engineers
  • Quality Assurance /Inspection, Test
  • Supervision – Trades, Professional
  • Procurement/Logistics


Click here to register your interest in a career in the naval shipbuilding industry. A Candidate Engagement Consultant will call you within a week to answer all of your questions.


Join 800 Aussies on the Workforce Register and receive free access to:

  • A dedicated Candidate Engagement Consultant to help you identify and tailor your career and upskilling options.
  • A skills assessment and pre-screening in preparation for future job opportunities.
  • Notification of future job opportunities in the naval shipbuilding industry.
  • Employers in the naval shipbuilding industry.
  • The quarterly College Chronicle e-newsletter providing updates and unique insights into the naval shipbuilding industry.
  • Exclusive access to career and information forums hosted by the Naval Shipbuilding College.

Education and training for the Naval Shipbuilding Program

Do you need new skills to join the Naval Shipbuilding Program?

Learn about what training is available to be part of the naval shipbuilding industry.

If you’re looking to work for the Naval Shipbuilding Program, the Naval Shipbuilding College can get you where you want to go. Talk to a Career Consultant to find the right education or training pathway for you.
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The College is collaborating with education and training providers across Australia. With the joint goal of building a suite of endorsed programs that will provide the future workforce with the skills they need to secure future jobs.


In 2019 there will be endorsed courses in every state and territory. An emergent Training and Education Provider Network will lead to more Australians securing great jobs and, rewarding career pathways.


Whether it is providing advice to high school students on suitable STEM subjects or obtaining a PhD at university. Straightforward training, upskilling and education pathways leading to jobs in the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise have been developed by the College in conjunction with our education and training partners across the country.


The Naval Shipbuilding College has partnered with online careers education platform Work-Ready to deliver free naval shipbuilding industry content and classroom planning for teachers and educators across Australia.


The partnership will help school students and educators form a greater understanding of the jobs and career opportunities available within the $90 billion National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


The College, in collaboration with industry and our education and training provider network, has developed four learning modules – STEM, Jobs of the Future, Defence Industry and Understanding Work, which educators can access for free by visiting www.work-ready.com.au.

Join the Naval Shipbuilding Workforce Register

Joining the Workforce Register means that you will:

  • Receive tailored advice from a Career Consultant to help find the right education or training pathway for you
  • Be pre-screened for future employment opportunities.
  • Be matched with future job or apprenticeship opportunities in the naval shipbuilding or sustainment industries.

What you need to do to join the Workforce Register:

  1. Submit your inquiry: Submit an inquiry to join the Workforce Register.
  2. Book an appointment: You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to book an appointment with a Career Consultant, and what you’ll need to prepare for the appointment.
  3. Talk to a Career Consultant: A Career Consultant will contact you to discuss your training needs and career opportunities, and arrange a skills assessment and background checks.
  4. Registration completed: Once approved, your registration with the Workforce Register is completed. You’ll receive updates and be connected with future job or apprenticeship opportunities in the naval shipbuilding industry.

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Partner with the Naval Shipbuilding College to provide education and training to build Australia’s future workforce. Contact us today to find out more.
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The College is focused on providing a broad range of people with opportunities to develop meaningful and exciting careers. It is important that this employment will offer advancement and growth over their lifetime and, meet the future needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.


Apprentices will be in high demand by the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and the associated supply industries throughout the continuous shipbuilding and sustainment enterprise, with a strong, initial focus on electricians, boilermakers, mechanics and welders from 2023-2025.


The College recognises the crucial role apprenticeships will play within the naval shipbuilding enterprise and the need for these potential tradespeople to embrace STEM learning at high school.


As the workforce organically matures, apprentices will gravitate to more qualified senior positions, resulting in the need for new apprentices.


The majority of trade apprenticeships run over four years and many apprentices will enjoy the benefit of receiving an income while completing their training.


For information about apprenticeship opportunities within the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, contact us here.


College representatives visit high schools, vocational and tertiary education providers, career expos, national and international symposiums across the country.


Meeting with our team face-to-face provides students and career seekers with an excellent opportunity to receive first-hand information about careers in the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


To book a visit, contact us.


Click here to find out where you can catch up with us.


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