Department of State Development

Through the Virtual Shipyard Training Program, Dassault Systèmes is helping 16 local companies develop the digital capabilities used worldwide to test construction, manage the entire lifecycle of projects, and link companies in to their supply chains, to enable them to compete for major defence work.

The program will position South Australia’s defence supply-chain to take advantage of the wealth of defence shipbuilding opportunities that will become available in South Australia from 2020, through projects including the Future Frigates and Future Submarines.

Through the Virtual Shipyard Program, a high-value, world-class supply chain, will be developed and retained in South Australia, creating sustainable jobs into the future and positioning the state at the forefront of industrial digital capability development in Australia across not only defence, but other industry sectors too, such as mining, agriculture and healthcare.

Eight South Australian companies are already participating in the Virtual Shipyard Program, which is being delivered at Regency TAFE SA. The following companies are doing round one of the program, with a further eight companies to be selected through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process:

  • APC Technology
  • ACE / Broens SA
  • B & R Enclosures
  • LogiCamms
  • Mincham Aviation
  • Ottoway Engineering
  • Redarc Electronics
  • Sudel Industries

The EOI closes on 15 January 2018 for training starting early 2018.

For further information about the Virtual Shipyard program and the EOI process, please contact Mal Lowen, Case Manager, Industry, Innovation, Science and Small Business, Department of State Development on 8226 3294 or email