New South Wales – A great place for Defence

Strong: Key Defence establishments, training areas and more than a quarter of Australia’s Defence personnel

Smart: Vital skills and expertise in critical defence capabilities, partnered with leading tertiary and research institutions

Connected: Strategic infrastructure linked with major corporate headquarters and global supply chains

The NSW advantage

  • Australia’s largest economy generating one-third of the nation’s GDP
  • One-third of Australia’s total manufacturing output, generating around $33 billion in industry value
  • Highest number of defence industry skilled workers
  • Majority of the nation’s leading tertiary and research institutions
  • The base of Australia’s new F35 fighter at Williamtown, NSW.

Proud to host the Royal Australian Navy

Navy’s presence has always been welcome in NSW, and we strongly support an expanded presence in the future.

The financial strength of NSW allows the NSW Government to support a diverse industrial, manufacturing and research sector that directly supports defence.

NSW plays a major role in fleet sustainment. NSW aspires to be the state of choice for defence and defence industry as the ADF grows in size, complexity and capability.

Current and future industry precincts

Albatross Aviation Technology Park

Albatross Aviation Technology Park (AATP) is designed specifically to support defence and aviation industries. The estate adjoins the airfield of HMAS Albatross and is connected by taxiways to the base runways.

Astra Aerolabs

Astra Aerolab is a globally significant Defence and Aerospace precinct being developed on 76 hectares of prime land in Port Stephens. It directly adjoins the thriving Newcastle Airport and the RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia’s primary Defence Fighter Base and home to the country’s new fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

Astra Aerolab will become the pre-eminent space for innovation in aviation, defence and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, research and education. We’re creating a space where people will want to be – where businesses and people can connect and experience a strong sense of community. Remarkable is our minimum standard.

Williamtown Aerospace Centre

The Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC) is a national, award-winning, regional partnership established to create, enhance and facilitate commercial activities in the land adjoining RAAF Base Williamtown and Newcastle Airport. Located just two hours north of Sydney, Australia, a rare opportunity exists for your organisation to be at the leading edge of aerospace, defence technology and aviation development.

Western Sydney Aerotropolis

On the doorstep of one of Australia's most transformational infrastructure projects, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis will become a thriving economic hub delivering new jobs, homes, infrastructure and services in the heart of Western Sydney.

Sydney Technology and Innovation Precinct

The precinct will be a place to drive the creation of new technology and commercialisation of new products and services. The development will be based on global best-practice placemaking principles and focus on the sustainable, accessible and affordable creation of workplaces for the future. It will be underpinned by visionary leadership that will drive the precinct’s values.

Major Defence bases in NSW

To view dispositions of Defence and defence industry, download the NSW Defence Sector Capability Report.