WA Defence Industry Council

The WA Defence Industry Council is a Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) initiative comprising WA industry and representatives from state and federal government who advocate on behalf of the local defence industry and deliver the best value defence outcomes for Australia.

Our goal is to promote WA defence capability and capacity.

Defence Industry Council Objectives

  • Establish WA along with SA as the nation’s two strategic locations for naval and commercial shipbuilding, upgrade and sustainment
  • Maximise WA’s contribution to all upcoming Naval build programs:
    • Pacific Patrol Boats
    • Offshore Patrol Vessels
    • Future Frigates and Submarines
  • Continue and increase upgrade and sustainment work on:
    • ANZAC class frigates
    • Collins class submarines
    • Future classes of naval combatants
  • Develop and promote WA as a centre for defence training, education and research
  • Become a centre of maritime manufacturing excellence, combining defence and the oil and gas industry
  • Expand defence and commercial exports


We have successfully delivered Henderson as one of the two strategic locations for naval shipbuilding maintenance and sustainment and we continue to work to maximise opportunities for local defence industry across all future vessel projects, including:

SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel Program

Ten of the 12 offshore patrol vessels in the SEA 1180 contract are being built in Western Australia, starting in 2020, following assembly of the first two in South Australia. 

The three short-listed international bidders were Fassmer Damen and Lurssen, who have tendered with a local shipbuilder. Hundreds of WA companies registered their interest to be a part of the supply chain before the Federal Government’s tender process closed on 30 March, 2017.

An announcement on the preferred tenderer will be made by the end of 2017.

SEA 5000 Future Frigate Project

The Future Frigate program will replace Australia’s existing fleet of ANZAC Class frigates and the project is estimated to be worth at least $35 billion. Assembly will be in Adelaide, however there are opportunities for businesses across the nation to be involved through the supply chain.

Register your business with the shortlisted bidders below:

SEA 1000 Future Submarines Project

French company DCNS has been selected as the international partner for the design of Australia’s 12 new Future Submarines. This will be the largest defence project in Australia’s history, representing an investment of over $50 billion.

Register your interest in the DCNS industry and innovation portal.

More information

We also encourage you to contact our Defence Council partners.

To understand how defence is working with industry and opportunities available for you to engage, visit the Centre for Defence Industry Capability website.

Learn more about the Australian Industry & Defence Network in WA and their defence networking opportunities. 

Contact us

For more information, please contact Joe Doleschal-Ridnell, CCI National Policy Adviser:

P: 0419 901 731

E: Joe.Doleschal-Ridnell@cciwa.com