Strengthening of formal consultation between representatives of the Department of Defence, Defence Industries Queensland and a new Townsville City Council Defence Liaison Officer. Leverage existing support delivered by locally-based AusIndustry (supported by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability) and Queensland Government programs to build a diversified and sustainable local industry.
These consultative opportunities for local industry will promote greater jobs growth, job skilling for the local labour sector and long-term opportunities and support to local businesses.
Progress to date
Engagement between the Commonwealth Department of Defence, the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council has commenced. All parties are committed to identifying and making publicly available opportunities to enhance commercial relationships with the Defence sector in the Townsville region. Constructive relationships were established during initial consultations held in Townsville on 2 August 2017.
Local industry will have more opportunities to participate in major Defence infrastructure projects as part of a new pilot program. The pilot will require tenderers bidding for major capital facilities projects to state clearly how they have engaged with local industry in providing their tendered solution, and how local industry will specifically be involved in delivering the work packages that underpin the project. The pilot program will include the $24 million Townsville Field Training Area Mid-Term Refresh.
The first formal Townsville Defence Working Group meeting was held in November 2017. In addition the Queensland Government is in the process of creating a North Queensland Defence Advisory Board. Consultations are underway to look at opportunities for how that Board can link with the Townsville Defence Working Group.
Q2 2017 — Establish Townsville Defence Working Group.
Next steps and milestones
An engagement forum with industry stakeholders in Townsville will be held before the end of second quarter of 2018.
Q1 2018 — Establish operating arrangements for Defence industry engagement with local Townsville businesses.
Q4 2018 — Appointment of Townsville City Council Defence Liaison Officer.
Collaboration between the Commonwealth Government, the Queensland Government and Townsville City Council.