Growing Sunshine Coast Defence Industry Hub setting up for export success

Growing Sunshine Coast Defence Industry Hub setting up for export success

Federal Member’s Defence Industry Initiative takes step forward with export focussed event

With millions of dollars of Australian defence industry contracts already flowing to the Sunshine Coast, local small businesses will meet on Thursday to hear more about taking the next step and exploiting export opportunities at Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace’s latest Fisher Defence Industry Initiative Event. The event, held at the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 2pm, will include presentations from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), the Defence Scientist’s Office and the Centre for Defence Capability. Queensland prime defence contractor NIOA will also provide a large corporate perspective. 

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said “No-one is more committed than I am to bringing in export dollars and creating more jobs in our local community. What we really need are highly skilled jobs, in the outward facing industry sectors of the future, to ensure that our economy is robust and offers our young people the career opportunities they want. That is why I started the Fisher Defence Industry Initiative. It is why I am so committed to helping local businesses to get ahead, and get their products and services out to the world, in this growing sector.” 

The event comes following the Turnbull Government’s release of the landmark Defence Export Strategy at the end of January. This strategy includes the creation of a new $3.8 billion Defence Export Facility, administered by event presenters Efic, which will help companies get the finance they need to underpin overseas sales. It will also include a new Australian Defence Export Office, and a Defence Export Advocate who will advocate for local exports overseas. 

Mr Wallace said “Locally, we already have companies exporting defence and high tech manufacturing products. APAC Infrastructure are already exporting their portable telecommunications platform through a partnership with Boeing. Local business Eniquest export portable generators to the Singaporean military, while other Coast innovators like Helimods and Praesidium Global are actively exploring export opportunities and demonstrating their products to overseas armed forces. I want to encourage more of this on the Coast so that we can truly become a global defence industry hub.” 

The event will also explore the right approach for local small businesses to winning defence contracts in the areas of science and innovation and in the service industry including consulting, as well as providing advice on how to deal with a large prime contractor.   

“Whether they have never considered a contract with defence before, or they are looking at how to set up their existing defence products for export, I strongly encourage any businesses in Fisher with an interest in being part of this growing Sunshine Coast defence industry hub to visit the Events page of my website and register for our next event.“ he said. 

For more information or to register visit http://www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/MyWorkforFisher/Events-456/

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