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Queensland is an unrivalled location for LAND 400

The Queensland Government is committed to a long-term partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Australia, and shares its 50-year vision for the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) and its capacity to deliver Australia’s sovereign military vehicle capability.

A South East Queensland location for Rheinmetall’s MILVEHCOE offers an unmatched combination of capabilities and competitive advantages in the land defence sector. It is the most advantageous location option to support a seamless and successful delivery of LAND 400, the Australian Army’s most significant project.

  • South East Queensland is Australia’s largest heavy vehicle manufacturing and sustainment hub.
  • Locating the MILVEHCOE close to the majority of Army’s operational vehicles (nearly 70% in Queensland) is cost-effective and operationally efficient.
  • Queensland has the high tech and innovative industry capabilities required for modern land defence projects (research and development, satellite communications, ballistics protection, heavy and precision engineering, and weapons testing). South East Queensland’s growing C4ISREW presence is quickly becoming the centre for systems integration in Australia.
  • The mandated battle management system providers for LAND 400 are all located in Brisbane – Elbit Systems, Harris Corp and Raytheon. This presence is further supported by Boeing Defence Australia’s headquarters. Brisbane is home to Boeing’s most sophisticated modelling, simulation, analysis and military operations experimentation facilities in Australia – the Systems Analysis Laboratory and the Joint Battle Management Development Environment.
  • South East Queensland has the ready, high-skilled workforce required to deliver LAND 400. The variety of skill sets required to deliver the complexity of the combat reconnaissance vehicles is already available thanks to the heavy vehicle precinct servicing the defence, commercial and mining industries.

South East Queensland’s capability corridor

When Rheinmetall comes to Queensland, it will become part of not only the largest and growing heavy vehicle manufacturing and sustainment hub in Australia, but will be a catalyst for an industrial innovation defence hub that will enrich the economy and adjacent industries. It will also allow Rheinmetall to mentor Australian companies to compete and export globally.

There is a critical mass of advanced manufacturing and defence industry participants, research and development activities and academic institutions between the Brisbane Airport and west to RAAF Base Amberley.

Queensland has the skills base that is currently integrating Army’s largest acquisition of logistics vehicles through the LAND 121 Phase 3B project that includes 2500 trucks, 1700 trailers and 300 fuel and water tanks.

Volvo Group Australia is the largest automotive manufacturer in the country and in 2017 they delivered 3000 trucks out of their Wacol manufacturing and engineering facility. Volvo has approximately 85 local suppliers delivering more than 3500 different components to that facility, many of which are manufactured in Australia.

RAAF Base Amberley is the largest operational Air Force base in Australia and is undergoing a $1.5 billion transformation into one of the largest defence logistics hubs in the country. Additionally, with Australia’s land defence operations becoming increasingly northern-focused, Queensland is the most advantageous location for LAND 400.

South East Queensland’s capability corridor

A centre for heavy vehicles, C4ISREW and systems integration

In addition to being Australia’s largest heavy vehicle manufacturing and sustainment hub, Queensland has a critical mass of high technology organisations supporting the land defence sector in the areas of battle management systems integration, cyber, and C4ISREW (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare).

  • Airbus Group Australia Pacific
  • Boeing
  • Craig International Ballistics
  • Cubic Defence
  • Elbit Systems of Australia
  • EM Solutions
  • EPE
  • Harris Defence Australia
  • Haulmark Trailers
  • Holmwood Highgate
  • Insitu Pacific
  • L3 Micreo
  • NIOA
  • Northrop Grumman Australia
  • Penske Power Systems
  • Raytheon Australia
  • RGM Maintenance
  • RUD Chains
  • TAE Aerospace
  • STEYR Motors Australia
  • Thales Australia
  • Volvo Group

Universities, research facilities and vocational education

South East Queensland has world-leading universities and research facilities including:

  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • University of Queensland
  • Griffith University
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing
  • Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
  • Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre
  • Defence Co-operative Research Centre for Trusted Autonomous Systems.

The Queensland Government is also supporting a strong vocational education sector through TAFE Queensland, the largest public provider of trade and technical training in Australia. More than 20,000 students each year undertake studies in automotive, building and construction, electro technologies, mechanical, manufacturing and engineering courses. The Acacia Ridge campus of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is home to a state-of-the-art engineering and automotive precinct and electrical training facility.

A ready and high-skilled workforce

Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Government’s Department of Education confirms that Queensland is in a favourable position in securing our future high skilled workforce needs.

  • From 2006 to 2015, Queensland’s commencement and completions in entry level engineering and related technologies courses from tertiary institutions for domestic students have tracked well above national trends.
  • Over the last 10 years, Queensland has also been well above the corresponding national rate for post-graduate engineering courses.
  • 5300 new engineering jobs were created in Queensland in 2017.

Additional benefits of a Queensland location

A Queensland-based MILVEHCOE provides the foundation for Rheinmetall to realise opportunities beyond LAND 400 Phase 2. As Queensland is Australia’s gateway to the growth markets of the Asia Pacific, these opportunities could include Australian-manufactured vehicles for the export market.

Queensland – supporting the Australian Army

  • 2 of Australia’s 3 Army Beersheba Brigades are in Queensland.
  • Queensland is home to 40% of permanent Australian Army personnel.
  • Queensland is home to 26% of Australian Defence Force personnel.
  • Almost 70% of Army’s operational vehicles are based in Queensland.
  • Queensland is home to the 16th Army Aviation Brigade which commands all Army aviation units.
  • Australia’s Deployable Joint Force Headquarters is based in Queensland.
  • Queensland is home of the Singapore Armed Forces in Australia – investing $2.25 billion over the next 25 years.

Queensland – key location benefits

  • Significantly lower median cost of housing.
  • A very high level of energy security, capacity and reliability. Queensland is a net exporter of electricity.
  • Net interstate migration to Queensland is the highest in Australia with 17,400 people moving to Queensland in the year ending 30 June 2017.
  • The lowest metropolitan city payroll tax rate in Australia.
  • The cost to business of traffic congestion is significantly lower than the other east coast states.
  • Queensland has the highest forecast economic growth rate (2017-18) at 3.4%.
  • Queensland is Australia’s gateway to the growth markets of the Asia Pacific.