How do we ensure we have the right skills in place to meet the NT Government’s maritime defence targets?

As most Territorians are aware, the INPEX project is winding down this year. But with change comes opportunity, and in this case it’s within the defence sector.

Over the next two decades, the defence sector is tipped to bring $20 billion into the Territory.

Maritime maintenance will be particularly influential, with new contracts and changes in supply chains underpinning this growth.

As NT Chief Michael Gunner said during a speech earlier this year, “why send a damaged component to Adelaide and back or a ship to Perth and back if it can be fixed and maintained locally?”

It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Territory, but to deliver and capitalise we need the right skills in place.

Working with the NT Government

Over recent months, ISACNT has supported the NT Government’s commitment to analyse current and future NT defence industry maritime maintenance workforce skills capacities.

Though it is early days in the development of this project, ISACNT is greatly encouraged and excited by the prospects that are appearing.

Working with industry

ISACNT is working closely with industry on its skilling requirements to win or to participate within local maritime maintenance supply chains.

Our work to date has led to very positive engagement with defence, the local defence industry and other key stakeholders, which has provided intelligence on which areas we need to focus on for training.

Working with training organisations

Our research is also attracting strong interest and support from accredited training institutions, many of whom understand that supporting defence industry workforce development will play an ever-increasing role in the future of the NT.

Which roles are we focusing on?

The training and upskilling initiatives we’ve identified as a priority include: supervisory skills development; front line management; project management; scheduling; maritime operations; and technical trades qualifications and skill sets.

How can we work with you?

If you have an interest in learning more about ISACNT activities in the defence industry maritime maintenance area, please send us a message or give us a call.