In-demand defence industry jobs outlined 

Defence industry jobs and career pathways are now easier to navigate with the launch of The Other Forces website.

Operated by the WA Government, the website gives jobseekers and students an insight into what it’s like to work in defence industries and learn more about people’s experiences.  

Workers at ASC sustain Australia’s Collins-class submarines. Image: Russell Millard / Defence.

It also provides prospective workers with an overview of support programs and financial incentives. 

The sector is set to create more than 4,000 jobs in WA over the next decade.  

A key feature of the website, Occupation Spotlight, profiles 21 in-demand jobs and the vocational and tertiary pathways available to help get people job-ready.  

This includes all five defence capability domains: land, air, maritime, space and information and cyber. 

There are multiple free and reduced fee courses available in defence, in areas like cyber security, autonomous operations and engineering. 

“The defence industry has diverse career opportunities, with well-paid jobs across the five capability domains of information and cyber, maritime, air, space and land all contributing to Australia’s national endeavour of significantly uplifting sovereign capability in defence,” says WA Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia. 

“WA’s defence industry is a priority sector for the State, which contributes an estimated $3 billion each year to our economy and already directly employs around 3,000 people. 

“WA is the home of naval shipbuilding and submarine sustainment so it is vital we invest in skilling Western Australians in defence jobs.” 

The website also has information on programs and incentives for employers to help them grow their workforce.  

ASA can assist employers with incentives, including the Jobs and Skills WA Defence Industry Incentive.  


Powered by CCIWA, Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA), offers support throughout the entire apprenticeship and traineeship process. Contact ASA at [email protected] or phone 1300 363 831. 

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