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The Defence and Space Industries

South Australia’s defence and space industries are amongst the fastest growing sectors and play a crucial role in building the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

South Australia’s defence industry is made up of hundreds of innovative businesses that maintain and enhance Australia’s Defence Force capabilities and contribute to international Defence contracts.

As the undisputed national centre of Australia’s emerging space industry, South Australian is home to the Australian Space Agency and over 100 space-related organisations.

You don’t need to be an astronaut or wear a uniform to work in the defence and space industries. All you need is the drive and passion to be part of an innovative, exciting and thriving sector.


South Australia’s defence industry is responsible for the research, development and production of materials, equipment and facilities for the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Major defence projects are underway in South Australia across naval shipbuilding, systems and cyber.

The defence sector currently represents 4.5 per cent of gross state product.

Thousands of jobs are being created to keep the country’s Defence Force at the cutting edge of capability to protect Australia and its national interests in many areas including:

  • 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

Search and apply for a job in defence in South Australia.


The state is home to world-class precincts, including the Defence & Space Landing Pad and Lot Fourteen, which provide the ideal collaboration environment for both national and international startups, companies and research institutions.

The South Australian space sector has a target growth rate of 5.8% to 2030, with an equated revenue of $250m and an additional 20,000 jobs.

Careers in the space industry are so much more than astronauts and rocket scientists. A broad variety of jobs are on offer in science and technology and more including:

  • Project Manager
  • Network and Systems Administrator
  • Work, Health and Safety Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Marketing Officer
  • Space Communicator and Outreach Officer
  • Space Business Development Manager
  • Fabricator
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Space Lawyer
  • CNC Machinist
  • CAD Drafter/Designer
  • Intelligent Game Developer
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Avionics Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Assembly Technician
  • Automation and Robotics Technician
  • Astronaut
  • Flight Surgeon
  • Protection Test Technician
  • Space Planner / Analyst
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Propulsion Engineer
  • Electrical / Electronics / Avionics Engineer
  • Space Systems Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Machine Learning / AI Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Thermal Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Space Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Analyst
  • Earth Observation Scientist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Operator
  • Labourer
  • Trade Assistant
  • Confined Space Watcher
  • Mechanical Fitter

Search and apply for a job in the South Australian space industry.