Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

30 June 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries

Defence against COVID-19 challenges

The Tasmanian Government has today released its Defence Tasmania Industry Directory, which showcases Tasmania’s capability in the defence industry to the world.

The Directory, which profiles more than 30 Tasmanian businesses and entities, will be widely distributed to  senior defence officials, buyers and contractors both nationally and internationally.

We recognise Defence is a key sector that can help us emerge from the challenges of COVID-19, with an increasing number of Tasmanian businesses diversifying into lucrative national and international defence supply markets.

The Australian Government will invest over $200 billion into defence capabilities over the next decade, and our Government is ensuring Tasmanian businesses do not miss out on this significant economic opportunity.

Crisp Bros. & Haywards is a great example of a Tasmanian business setting its sights on opportunities within the sector, with plans to design and build tailored boats for the modern day needs of defence forces.

This is a logical step for the company, which has until now focussed on specialised watercraft for the aquaculture, transport, leisure and offshore industries, as well as the manufacture of components for large-scale bridge, stadium and wind farm projects.

Like many other local defence supply companies, Crisp Bros & Haywards is working to expand its knowledge of defence procurement by working closely with our Tasmanian Defence Advocate, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore AM, CSC.

The Directory, an initiative under The Tasmanian Defence Industry Strategy 2023, is a part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s  commitment to grow our defence supply industries and open new markets for our local businesses, creating more jobs and investment in our State.

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