• File image of the first collins conventional powered submarine lowered into the water at Port Adelaide in 1993. (AFP)Source: AFP
A new deal has laid the groundwork for Indigenous workers to take part in the government’s $50 billion project to construct 12 new submarines.
24 Nov 2016 - 2:31 PM  UPDATED 24 Nov 2016 - 2:40 PM

Shipbuilder DCNS Australia has signed a deal with the newly-created Indigenous Defence Corporation (IDC) to explore opportunities for Indigenous Australians and businesses within their supply chain.

"We are excited about partnering with DCNS to flush out more long-term opportunities and contracts for Indigenous businesses that will help build sustainable capabilities and showcase the ability of the Indigenous business sector," IDC chief executive Adam Goodes said in a statement.

The Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) was established to help Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs capitalise on the National Innovation and Science Agenda. It hopes to service Australian infrastructure projects in the defence sector. 

Back in June, Adam Goodes and the University of South Australia (UniSA) Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at “growing defence industry opportunities for the next generation of Aboriginal leaders and innovators.”

Under this agreement, UniSA committed to supporting “skills development through its educational offerings, in areas such as science and systems engineering, right through to business administration, supply chain management, business marketing and growth and entrepreneurship.” 

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