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The Australian Government has established the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program to manage the delivery of the next generation of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

On 26 April, the Australian Government announced that DCNS of France has been selected as the preferred international partner to work with Australia to develop and deliver the 12 Future Submarines, which will be constructed in Adelaide.

The announcement follows a comprehensive competitive evaluation process involving proposals from DCNS, TKMS of Germany and the Government of Japan.

The Future Submarine project—the largest and most complex defence acquisition Australia has undertaken to date—will form a vital part of Australia’s defence capability.

Subject to further commercial discussions, the design of the Future Submarine with DCNS will begin later this year to meet Australia’s unique national security requirements, as detailed in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

The Queensland Government, through Defence Industries Queensland, has, and will continue to work with the Department of Defence to maximise the involvement of local industry in this $50 billion program.

In 2015, Defence Industries Queensland co-hosted industry briefings for the three bidding groups involved in the competitive evaluation process. They presented to over 100 Queensland companies exploring supply chain opportunities and more than 60 ‘one-on-one’ meetings were subsequently held between industry participants and the respective project bidders.

Defence Industries Queensland will continue to actively promote all opportunities as they are announced and will work with Queensland industry to promote all suitable capabilities for the project.

The Australian Government has a website specifically for the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project. The website features project information, opportunities, and event details as they are released. We highly recommend companies register their details on the website to ensure they receive timely information updates.

Additionally, as the Department of Defence releases further information on the project, this web page will be updated accordingly.