Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Helping local companies get ready for lucrative Defence pitches

10 November 2016 –

More than 90 Queensland companies, including 10 in Townsville, will be offered expert help to deliver compelling business pitches after being shortlisted for the next multi-billion dollar Defence contract.

Queensland companies are chasing subcontracts as part of the Department of Defence’s Land 400 project – a $20 billion deal for the Australian Army’s next generation of armoured fighting vehicles.

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The LAND 400 in action

The next phase is for these companies to bitch their capabilities to BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Defence Australia, the two big players vying for the Land 400 Phase two contract.

For the next couple of weeks my Department of State Development will be offering pitching workshops in Brisbane and Townsville to help our companies sharpen their presentation skills and techniques.

Queenslanders make up nearly a quarter of the companies chosen nationally to take part in the next stage of the selection process and we’re doing our best to make sure they are pitch perfect.

The Queensland companies selected cover a broad range of areas including engineering, metal fabrication, satellite communication systems, and electronics manufacturing.

The companies that are in the running are spread across Queensland from Townsville to Dalby, to the Gold Coast. Interstate competition for these Defence contracts is going to be fierce but we have the advantage of being home to Australia’s most significant and growing Australian Army presence.

Our defence industries have agile and innovative supply chain capabilities, with a highly-skilled workforce and broad regional coverage.

This is a great opportunity to build on the recent efforts of Queensland-based defence industries – more than $3.8 billion worth of Department of Defence contracts have been awarded in the last financial year alone supporting 6,500 full-time equivalent jobs. These contracts cover everything from aircraft maintenance to meat rations.

Defence industries are one of the key growth sectors the Palaszczuk Government is targeting as part of our Advance Queensland agenda to diversify the economy and generate the jobs of the future.