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Sovereign Defence and Aerospace: Made in NSW

There has never been a better time to establish and grow your defence and aerospace business in NSW. 

NSW has the strongest defence presence and the most sophisticated defence and aerospace related industrial base and research institutions of any state in Australia.

Key facts

Defence expenditure in NSW exceeds $12.5 billion annually

NSW is home to over 80 defence facilities, including 21 defence bases and training areas

NSW accounts for 29% of Australia’s $2 billion aircraft manufacturing and repair services exports

Space industries and agencies in NSW generate up to 75% of Australia's space-related revenue generation

NSW is Australia's leader for space innovation and entrepreneurship, with 38% of all Australian space startups based in the state

41% of Australia's space businesses are based in NSW

NSW is a leader in cybersecurity, producing 58% of the country’s ICT services exports

NSW host the majority of the nation’s leading tertiary and research institutions

NSW employs the highest number of defence industry skilled workers, with over 65,000 direct or indirect jobs

50% of Australia’s space export revenue is generated in NSW

NSW is a leader in space education and training, with 31% of Australian university departments active in space.

Past events

The 12th Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition showcased commercial maritime and naval defence suppliers to decision-makers from around the world. This event was held on 10 to 12 May 2022 at the International Convention Centre Sydney. Download the Prospectus for the Indo Pacific 2022 (PDF) 20 MB .


Download the Compendium for Land Forces 2022 (PDF) 9.3 MB and check out defence-related products and services from 38 NSW businesses.

Future events

Land Forces 2022 will be held on 4 to 6 October at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre Brisbane. Visit the NSW Government stand 2G16, explore the depth of capabilities on display with our 26 co-exhibitors and connect with the team for support to grow your defence and aerospace footprint in NSW.

The Avalon 2023 Australian International Airshow Defence and Aerospace Exhibition will be held on 28 February to 5 March 2023 in Geelong, Victoria. Expressions of Interest to co-exhibit on the NSW Government stand will be announced shortly.  

Working with business to promote growth

We are committed to driving investment, building talent pipelines and supporting the creation of highly skilled and sustainable jobs. 

Investment NSW:

  • supports access for NSW companies to procurement and supply chain opportunities both locally and internationally
  • is responsible for industry attraction and expansion in NSW
  • promotes the state’s industry and research capabilities.

Get personalised help

Investment NSW provides businesses with free:

  • market intelligence  
  • advice on NSW Government programs and approval processes 
  • connections with government and local business contacts 
  • support for business case development 
  • identification of investment locations and potential partners 
  • facilitation of familiarisation visits.  

Contact Investment NSW to get support to expand and grow your company's defence and aerospace footprint in NSW.