Western Australia has a long history of successfully servicing the defence industry through innovative and collaborative manufacturing activities, particularly in shipbuilding and sustainment.

We are home to many strategic defence assets, such as air force bases and naval bases, including Australia’s largest naval base HMAS Stirling. Given the high concentration of defence maritime activities in Western Australia, there is a community of prime subcontractors and small and medium enterprises servicing this industry clustered in the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) south of Perth.

The AMC is recognised as a centre of excellence for shipbuilding and repair and maintenance of commercial and Royal Australian Navy ships and submarines. The AMC houses the world’s most advanced floating dock along with a purpose-built submarine repair facility, an international standard fabrication complex and significant dry berth support infrastructure.