RDA Illawarra made a submission to the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development. The submission concludes that the Illawarra is well positioned as a capable and smart region to support the NSW Government’s strategy to increase Defence investment in NSW and grow our market share of Defence spending. The Illawarra Defence Industry Ecosystem is strong and highly developed skills are extant in the region.
The submission outlines four recommendations, including:
- Strategies to maximize the use of Australian Steel in Defence procurement
- Leveraging the capability and Illawarra regional competitiveness for Defence opportunities
- Strengthening linkages to smart and capable regions, such as the Illawarra
- Ways to secure and grow Defence innovation and regional economic potential