AUKUS Submarine Deal set to put local WA workers in box seat for over 3,000 jobs

Written By

Ashlyn Lee


Mar 24, 2023


The leaders of the US, the UK and Australia have announced that Canberra will acquire conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines. Mr Biden, Mr Albanese and Mr Sunak on Monday 13 March 2023, said the agreement renewed a centuries-old alliance to sustain peace, stability and prosperity around the world.

This multi-generational undertaking to acquire and operate conventionally armed, nuclear-powered sovereign submarines will see significant benefits for jobs and the economy in the West.

Upgrades to HMAS Stirling over the next 10 years will include wharf upgrades, operational maintenance, logistics and training facilities, as well as opportunities for supporting infrastructure outside HMAS Stirling. Over the next decade, the Australian Government will invest up to $8 billion to expand HMAS Stirling, creating around 3,000 direct jobs.

The need to attract, develop and retain a highly skilled workforce in Western Australia is required to underpin this project. The Albanese Labor Government will work with the Western Australian Government to develop a skills and training program, leveraging existing relationships with WA vocational and tertiary institutions.

“This investment to support Australia’s defence capabilities will create thousands of local jobs for Western Australians – and we’ll work with the Federal Government to deliver the training and development to put local workers in the box seat for these jobs.” – Premier Mr Mark McGowan. 

Over the course of the year, each Learning Area at Safety Bay Senior High School will seek to identify ways to incorporate a career-focused view to curriculum, in attempt to address particular skills and knowledge that may build capacity in students, in readiness for the scope of job opportunities that the AUKUS project will provide.

Please find a list of the released AUKUS Submarine Contracts and Employment Opportunities for Safety Bay Senior High School students who are considering becoming a part of this project, on our Facebook page.

For any students interested in having a conversation about potential career opportunities within this project, please contact Careers Practitioner, Ms Jo Moffatt.


Ashlyn Lee

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