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Learn more about a career in the defence industry

The following resources and FAQs provide additional information and insight into South Australia’s thriving defence industry.

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Careers of the future: What opportunities are within defence industry?

Careers in defence industry support projects delivered by the Department of Defence through the Australian Defence Force. The defence industry in South Australia is made up of hundreds of businesses who use their skills and expertise to supply and support the Defence Force’s efforts in defending our way of life.

  • Program/Project Administrator/Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Contract Administrator
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Estimator
  • Production Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Product Quality Controller
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Quality Analyst
  • Planner
  • Scheduler
  • Purchasing Officer/Manager
  • Subcontracts Administrator/Manager
  • Legal Adviser
  • Finance Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Systems Designer
  • Architectural Draftsperson
  • Test and Activation Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Combat Systems Engineer
  • Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Software and Applications Programmer
  • ICT Support Technician
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • ICT Systems Analyst
  • Communications Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Boat Builder
  • Shipwright
  • Structural Steel and Welding Tradesperson
  • Sheet Metal Tradesperson
  • Metal Fitter and Machinist Electrician
  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Glazier
  • Painting Tradesperson
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Crane Operator
  • Truck Driver
  • Trades Assistant
  • Commercial Cleaner
  • Store Person
  • Trade Management/Supervision
  • Mechanical Operations Tradesperson
  • Electrical Operations Tradesperson
  • Piping Operations Tradesperson
  • Light Fabrication Tradesperson
  • Heavy Fabrication Tradesperson
  • Welding Operations Tradesperson

Frequently Asked Questions

If I work in the defence industry does this mean I am part of the Australian Defence Force?2020-06-18T10:13:15+09:30

No. A career in the defence industry will see you working on projects that support the Australian Defence Force.

Do I need to study at the Australian Defence Force Academy to work in the defence industry?2020-10-29T09:13:33+10:30

No. There are many career pathways into the defence industry, including TAFE and university.

Do I need to have a security clearance to work in the defence industry?2020-06-23T12:10:24+09:30

Generally speaking, some level of security clearance is required (or the ability to obtain one) as most projects associated with Defence are classified. This is something your potential employer would discuss with you.

What types of companies make up the Australian defence industry?2020-06-18T10:15:28+09:30

The defence industry consists of large, multi-national primes; Australian owned and operated SMEs; and smaller companies that often provide specialised parts and equipment to larger companies.

Do I need to have a university degree to work in defence industry?2020-06-18T10:15:50+09:30

No. There are a range of education pathways available to start your career in the defence industry.

Do I need to be an Australian Citizen to work in the defence industry in South Australia?2020-06-18T10:16:59+09:30

Yes. The majority of defence industry jobs require a minimum BASELINE security clearance for which you are required to be an Australian citizen. If you are not an Australian citizen, you may still be able to gain employment, however, this is something that should be discussed with your potential employer at the time of application. For further information on citizenship requirements please visit

Does working in the defence industry mean I have to be an engineer?2020-06-18T10:17:20+09:30

No. The defence industry offers an exciting range of careers from project management to combat systems engineering; contracts management to Information Technology; supply chain to WHS; marketing and communications to logistics.

Who is Defence SA?2021-05-10T09:48:34+09:30

Defence SA is the South Australian Government’s lead agency for all defence matters.

Defence SA wants to ensure South Australia takes full advantage of the major project opportunities in the defence industry and have developed the Find Your Place and Make Your Move campaigns to educate and inspire the future workforce about the life-long careers available in the state.

The jobs available are not recruited by Defence SA, they are managed by industry and can be found here. If you are interested in working for Defence SA, any job opportunities are posted on our careers page when they arise.

How can I find my place in the defence industry?2020-06-18T10:18:22+09:30

There is a lot of information available for those looking for a career in the defence industry and this can be overwhelming! We have aimed to simplify this for you by collating available information sources on this website. Start by selecting the category that matches your current status from the options on the homepage and explore a range of short and long term pathways to get you into the defence industry.

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