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Tasmania's defence sector

In 2016 the Tasmanian Government released the Tasmanian Defence Strategy. Through this strategy government is working to grow our existing defence capabilities and encourage and facilitate the establishment of new advanced manufacturing, IT and defence focused businesses in Tasmania to increase their skills and capabilities to be’ defence ready’.

Tasmania already has around thirty defence ready businesses, with the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in bids for large defence projects. However, in a highly competitive market where Tasmanian businesses will be competing against defence businesses and hubs around Australia, creating a critical mass of small to medium businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector will make Tasmania a more attractive supply base for Defence Primes, as well as drive efficiencies and scale in training, networking and supply for these businesses.

As an island state Tasmania has developed an inherent maritime capability since European settlement. A key strength of Tasmania’s existing advanced manufacturing businesses is their capability to innovate, particularly in the maritime and ship building sector.

The Tasmania Maritime Network is a group of companies and organisations which offers expertise in manufacturing, engineering, logistics, training, clothing, safety equipment and shipping for both the commercial and military markets.

A key initiative of Tasmania’s Defence Strategy is to promote the defence contracting capability and capacity of Tasmanian businesses. To support this initiative the Tasmanian Government is supporting Tasmania’s industry presence at Pacific 2017.

The event will provide an excellent platform for Tasmanian companies to observe and experience how defence procurement works - the technologies, the products, the customers and the competitors.

PACIFIC 2017 – International Maritime Exposition

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Tasmania is home to many advanced manufacturing businesses who produce high-tech and innovative products and services suitable to the maritime defence sector. A number of these businesses will be exhibiting on the Tasmanian stand at Pacific 2017, Stand No: 1019.

Overview of Pacific 2017

The Pacific 2017 conference is being held at the International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney from 3 - 5 October 2017. This event covers defence equipment acquisition, marine transport, security, environmental affairs, cargo handling, port services and maritime technology, with particular emphasis on the Asian and Indo-Pacific regions. In addition to this, business, technology and operationally focused seminars, conferences and workshops are held throughout. It is expected that there will be representation from 35 countries at the Pacific 2017 conference.