Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office (WADIWO)

What we do

The Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office (WADIWO) was established in May 2019 as an outcome of the Advancing Education, Training and Skilling Strategy, part of the Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan launched by the Premier in 2018.

The WADIWO leads the development of the WA Defence Industry Workforce Development Plans, working closely with Defence West and collaboratively with education and training providers, taking input from the WA defence industry and with the support of the Department of Training and Workforce Development. The plans focus on priority projects across all five of the capability domains in the Commonwealth Government’s Defence 2020 Defence Strategic Update and the 2020 Force Structure Plan. It also developed a state-based skills profile for naval shipbuilding to enable WA's education and training providers to better respond to emerging workforce needs.

Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office
Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office
Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office
Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office
Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office

Supporting WA's defence industry

To ensure a holistic approach towards defence industry workforce development, and support the expanded scope to include white and grey collar roles, WADIWO is now co-located with the Department of Training and Workforce Development. This  is a natural transition as WADIWO’s work expands to look at the defence industry’s professional and paraprofessional as well as trades workforce, and includes greater collaboration with WA’s highly capable universities and TAFE colleges. The Department also provides additional strength to WADIWO’s capabilities, with comprehensive workforce planning and labour market analysis expertise.

An historic $270 billion is being invested by the Commonwealth Government to modernise Australia’s defence capability, securing our nation while strengthening our defence industry and creating Australian jobs. Conservative estimates are that defence industry activity currently contributes $3 billion to WA’s economy annually and, when already-approved Commonwealth defence projects and investment for future work is accounted for, this is realistically expected to almost double in the decade ahead.

Contact the WADIWO

If you would like to contact the WADIWO team, please call or email via the following.

P: 08 6551 5145
E: wadiwo@dtwd.wa.gov.au


A growing industry brings job opportunities

Over the next decade and beyond, the demand will increase for Australian workers with trade, technical, science, engineering and technology skills to design, install, build, integrate and maintain our ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and information technology and cyber security, and provide services to support the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.

WADIWO’s work on formulating trades workforce strategies for the maritime defence industry resulted in the WA Government’s $18.34 million investment in defence initiatives, which was added to with a further $11 million investment in the WA State Budget 2022—23. This includes boosting new initiatives for defence industry training, an overarching marketing campaign to build greater awareness of defence industry career opportunities and the creation of specialised career guidance and industry engagement at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre.

This is an exciting and growing industry to be involved in, and an unprecedented level of investment provides the WA economy with significant long term opportunities.

Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office

Forge your career path in WA's defence industry

Opportunities for everyone!  
  • Australia’s defence industry will provide increasing and rewarding long term career opportunities, as a number of major defence projects ramp up over the next decade.
  • New opportunities will be available in the Western Australian companies that win defence contracts, and across their supply chain.
  • Jobs in the defence industry encompass a broad array of industries, skills and defence disciplines.
  • WA vocational education and training (VET) providers including TAFE colleges and registered training organisations (RTOs) and universities have defence industry relevant training courses and professional programs to suit a range of occupations and job roles across the entire defence sector.

To find out more about the job and career opportunities available in WA's defence industry, and the training to get you there, visit the Defence page of the Jobs and Skills WA website.

Free support and assistance

Western Australia's Jobs and Skills Centres offer free career guidance, information about training options, and employment assistance — they're a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to get into training, seeking a job, or making a career change. You can call your local JSC on 13 64 64, or find your nearest centre and drop in for a chat.

A dedicated defence industry team is available at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools, and with veterans, and provide advice to jobseekers and potential defence industry workers about options for training and career planning. All services are free, and available to anyone in WA. To contact the team, call or email the Rockingham JSC or drop in for a chat.

P: 08 9599 8655
E: defence.careers@smtafe.wa.edu.au
South Metropolitan TAFE Rockingham campus.  Simpson Avenue Rockingham (Building G)

Page last updated June 09, 2022