19 December 2023

Nuclear-powered submarine program set to deliver thousands of jobs

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ICN offices across the country are working with the newly established Australian Submarine Agency to help identify local capability for Australia’s nuclear- powered submarine program.

The AUKUS project will deliver a world-class capability that will see Australia become one of only seven countries that operate nuclear-powered submarines.

“Australia’s nuclear powered submarine program is creating and delivering significant opportunities for Australians – we need people and businesses to support the sustainment and construction of this critical capability,” ICN National Office Chief Executive Officer, Warren Jansen said.

ICN Gateway is featuring a Nuclear Powered Submarine Program industry portal for local suppliers to get more information about the project and register expressions of interest.

“To submit and EOI, or sign up for more information, businesses will need a Gateway profile,” Warren said. “Your profile needs to position your business in the best possible light.”

“We then encourage you to fill out a supplier questionnaire through the work packages tab on Gateway.

“This is a generic submission for information gathering purposes only and does not form part of a procurement process leading to down selection of suppliers.”

The submarines will be built in Osborne, northwest of Adelaide, due to a land exchange agreement between the Australia and South Australia governments, signed in November this year.

Announcing the land deal, as well as a Skills and Training Academy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles said the agreement was a ‘significant milestone in transforming Osborne into one of the most advanced technical hubs in the world’.

“Osborne is at the heart of Australia’s conventionally armed nuclear-powered submarine enterprise, and I congratulate and thank South Australia for being such a great partner as we continue to work together to deliver the necessary infrastructure and skills,” Mr Marles said.

“The future Skills and Training Academy at Osborne will provide Australian workers with the advanced skills and training required to deliver a world-leading future submarine capability.”

Premier of South Australia, Peter Malinauskas said the deal was about more than an exchange of land.

“This agreement helps unlock thousands of high-quality, high-paying jobs – in industries from shipbuilding to hydrogen, from Osborne to the Upper Spencer Gulf, and right across our economy,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“Nuclear-powered submarines are the most complex machines on the planet and delivering them will require us to deliver the workforce.”

For find out more, or fill out a supplier questionnaire, go to the Nuclear Powered Submarine Program industry portal on ICN Gateway.

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