The Queensland Government established Defence Industries Queensland to help create a smart, connected and efficient defence sector within the state.

Defence Industries Queensland:

  • supports national and international prime contractors to find defence capabilities
  • helps companies working or wishing to work in defence to up-skill and make connections with defence contractors and suppliers
  • assists the Australian Defence Force to expand its presence in Queensland.

Defence Industries Queensland has four focus areas. Within each of these areas, Queensland has a range of capabilities, projects and facilities which Defence Industries Queensland promotes and develops. The unit has also established Industry Leader Groups within each of these sectors to ensure the state is responding to industry needs.


Queensland has a strong history in the aviation and aerospace industries with companies and facilities supporting a range of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

The Queensland Government has worked hard to develop aviation and aerospace capability in the state and continues to support events such as the Avalon Airshow and UAV Challenge.


Queensland companies have expertise in the manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair, sustainment and overhaul of a wide range of vehicles. We also manufacture technologically superior communication systems in the state and develop force protection, combat training systems and composite components.

The Queensland Government through Defence Industries Queensland has established a Heavy Vehicle Network of over 150 companies in collaboration with the Industry Capability Network to promote Queensland's strong heavy vehicle capability.

A testament of Queensland’s land defence, heavy vehicle and advanced manufacturing capabilities is Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s selection of Queensland as the preferred location for its Australia-New Zealand headquarters and military vehicle centre of excellence, if it wins the LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to supply Australia’s new armoured vehicles.


Queensland has the largest slipway in northern Australia, the capacity to lift vessels up to 600 tonnes and slip vessels up to 3000 tonnes, and our companies can refit and repair a range of defence, commercial and recreational vessels and provide through-life support.

We have further capabilities in communication and control systems, fibre composites manufacture, and design and engineering support.

The Queensland Government has been a longstanding advocate of the marine industry and continues to support events such as the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export industry conference (ASMEX) and Pacific maritime conferences.


Queensland organisations conduct world-class research in hypersonics, surveillance technologies, robotics and unmanned systems. We also have capability in microelectronics and microwave, radio frequency communications, geospatial and simulation technologies, and have autoclaves supporting fibre composite development.

Visit the Defence Industries Queensland website for more information.