Western Australia is ready to make a major contribution to the national defence endeavour. Our location is a strategic strength, serving as a gateway to the Indian Ocean region and emerging international defence markets, including Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Our defence presence – with HMAS Stirling, RAAF Base Pearce and Campbell Barracks, among others – is established and well respected.
Since the implementation of the Two Ocean Policy of 1987, HMAS Stirling has emerged as the Royal Australian Navy’s key defence outpost on the Indian Ocean. Up to half of the RAN’s fleet is based permanently in Western Australia, including all six of the Collins submarines.
Western Australia has the capacity and capability to deliver for defence. Our skilled workforce is competitive, flexible, resilient and adaptable.
With renewed Government focus on this vital sector, Western Australia’s defence industry is Defence Ready.
Western Australia recognises that Australia’s regional strategic environment has become more complex and will continue to change significantly throughout the 21st Century. As a result, Western Australia’s strategic location on the Indian Ocean, as part of this dynamic region, continues to have national implications.