The Shoalhaven is a unique place that has a vast array of capabilities to develop defence supported businesses. Below are some of the current businesses that utilise the Shoalhaven as their base of operations.

Contact Details

Chris Sievers – CEO
1 Bubuk Street
Yerriyong NSW 2540

Air Affairs Australia

Air Affairs Australia is an Air Operations and Engineering based company. Established in 1995 and 100% Australian owned.

They own and operate a fleet of special mission Learjet and Kingair aircraft, providing specialised air training support services to Defence. The aircraft are available for other special mission’s roles.

AAA maintains an extensive manufacturing and engineering facility, providing a complete design through to manufacture and certification capability and are the OEM for several products.

This facility currently supports the manufacture and support for the MTR-101 Target Towing Reeling Machine, AIRPOD 101 Utility Airborne Pod system and an array of airborne tow / drone target systems.

Contact Details

Ken Mitchell
02 4421 0878

Theresa Mitchell
02 44210878

Aerospace Training Services

Aerospace Training Service (ATS) is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivering a range of aircraft maintenance engineering courses from the National Aeroskills Training Package. ATS also provides CASA aircraft specific types courses from GA aircraft, such as the Learjet 35/36, to RPT aircraft such as the Boeing 717 and Airbus A320. In addition to this training, ATS is a NSW Smart and Skilled Apprenticeship Training Provider, currently training apprentices across the state.

ATS learners have a wide range of delivery mode choices including face-to-face (F2F) classroom, structured online (real-time webinars), and self-study options. This delivery range allows ATS to customise theory and practical training and assessment to suit each individual client.

Local Contacts

Ian Gibney – Project Manager
02 4424 6900

Josh Rogers – Operations Manager
02 4424 6900

BAE Systems Australia Limited
1 Bubuk Street, Yerriyong, NSW, 2540
T: +61 2 4424 6985
F: +61 2 4424 6901

BAE Systems


Aircraft sustainment

We are a longstanding provider of military aircraft sustainment services to the ADF across a range of platforms.

We offer:
Total in-country air combat capability sustainment

We currently provide integrated through life support for the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet; structural fatigue and corrosion monitoring for the Joint Strike Fighter, Hornet and Hawk fleets; and software design, development and through life support for the Classic and Super Hornet mission systems. Turn-key rotary wing support We currently provide deeper maintenance and upgrades for the Seahawk, Black Hawk fleets. Deeper maintenance, through life support and fleet management of large military aircraft.

Training solutions

A long-term training solutions provider to the ADF and other defence forces, we provide innovative:

  • Rotary wing, fixed wing and advanced military flight training;
  • Aviation technical training; and
  • Advanced flight training simulation and test systems design and support.

Contact Details

Mr Justin Suwart
0418 319 097

Bisalloy Steels

Bisalloy Steels is Australia’s only manufacturer of high strength and high hardness quenched and tempered steel plate used for armour, structural and wear resistant applications; products which are marketed under the brand name BISALLOY® and exported to a host of countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. From its base in Unanderra, south of Sydney in NSW, Bisalloy Steels manufactures through a highly efficient, continuous flow process and, since beginning operation in 1980, has earned an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its products and technical backup. As a specialist performance steel manufacturer and supplier, Bisalloy Steels is highly responsive to customer demands and market changes anywhere in the world and is also strongly committed to, and clearly focused on, the crucial task of continuous product development and improvement.

Contact Details

Clint Evans – General Manager
11 Bellevue Street,
South Nowra NSW, 2541
+61 (2) 4423 7959

Global Defence Solutions (GDS)

Global Defence Solutions (GDS) is a 100% Australian Owned company with headquarters in South Nowra, NSW. GDS supplies a range of deployable infrastructure to the Australian Defence Forces, including catering, medical, sanitation, accommodation and command posts, and deployable air-conditioners. Our deployable capabilities incorporate both hard and soft shelters and every solution is bespoke to meet the customer’s specific requirements. GDS has a fully equipped repair and overhaul facility in house, and we also provide on-site maintenance as required. We also provide training in house and on site to ensure our customers get full ROI from their equipment.

Contact Details

Dave Hager
Project Director – Defence Support

2/57 Graham St
Nowra NSW 2541
(02) 4424 4938


GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.

Established in 1928 and privately owned by our people, GHD operates across five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America – and the Pacific region. We employ more than 10,000 people in 200+ offices. GHD’s Nowra office is involved in a diverse range of projects supporting Defence and industry with engineers and scientists specialising in civil, environmental, mechanical, telecommunications, structural and maritime engineering.

Contact Details

Phil Guy – Executive Director
11 Bellevue Street
South Nowra NSW, 2541
+61 (2) 4422 8160

Mellori Solutions Pty Ltd

Mellori Solutions is a 100% Australian Owned company with located in South Nowra, NSW. Mellori is a provider of Electronic Warfare (EW) testing and training services to the Australian Defence Force. Mellori offers controlled environment, real world and field testing to ensure full capability of critical EW equipment. We provide extensive on-site operational and maintenance support capability across a range of applications. Our experienced technicians and engineers deliver bespoke training solutions that are immersive, collaborative and fit for purpose to enable your operators to work to their best potential, maximising ROI

Contact Details

John McKelvie – Managing Director
1 Bubuk Street
Yerriyong NSW 2540
(02) 4422 2700

Partech Systems

Partech Systems is an Australian leader in the provision of avionics test and repair solutions for the most complex aviation platforms. Partech designs and manufactures automatic test system (ATS) test program sets (TPS) and special to type test equipment (STTE) required to test, repair and qualify avionics components for flight. Partech is a 100% Australian owned ISO9001-2105 and DASR 145 accredited company that has nearly two decades of experience across the most advanced aerospace technologies. Partech’s team has worked on key components of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and continues to support the MRH-90 aircraft for Airbus Helicopters. With the acquisition of a Lockheed Martin LM-STAR® automated test system Partech operates a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility for important ADF platforms across air, sea and land. Partech is part of a world-class aerospace and avionics manufacturer in the Leonardo Company. Leonardo provides avionics to many aircraft types for military companies in over 50 countries.

Contact Details

General Enquiries
1800 729 843
Community Relations

Raytheon Australia

Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services

Raytheon Australia will deliver Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services (JATTS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for a period of eight years. The JATTS program supports ADF exercises with ‘enemy’ airborne force aircraft, aerial targets, and electronic warfare capabilities across a range of ADF platforms including:

  • The Air Force‘s Joint Strike Fighter, Super Hornet, Growler, Wedgetail airborne early warning and control capabilities and ground based Aircraft Control Units;
  • Navy’s Helicopter Frigate and Guided Missile Destroyer capabilities; and
  • Army’s Ground Based Air Defence Capabilities.

The critical services to be delivered by the JATTS contract includes aerial opposing force effects, manned and unmanned targets and sophisticated electronic attack. It also introduces two new capabilities: the testing, training and certification of ADF Identification Friend or Foe Mode 5 interrogation systems; and advanced airborne threat simulations.

Consisting of over 94 per cent Australian industry contribution, JATTS secures the ongoing employment of approximately 104 direct and sub-contractor personnel, predominantly based in the Albatross Aviation Technology Park at Nowra. Nowra-based Air Affairs Australia are a major subcontractor to Raytheon Australia for the JATTS program.

Contact Details

Andrew Watson – General Manager
+61 407 831 265

Schiebel Pacific Pty Ltd

Schiebel Pacific Pty Ltd (SPL), the Australian subsidiary of the Vienna-based Schiebel Group, focuses on the development, testing and production of the revolutionary CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). SPL is backed by Schiebel’s international reputation for quality defence products and exceptional after-sales services. The Australian base provides the Pacific region with a permanent and comprehensive program, logistics and sales hub, demonstrating a commitment to the local industry.

Contact Details

Economic Development Office, Shoalhaven City Council
+61 2 4429 3388

Shoalhaven City Council

Shoalhaven Council established an Economic Development Office in the mid-70’s to stimulate the growth in the local economy. The Economic Development team are investment specialists and can assist prospective investors. We can help with tailor-made investment facilitation and information services including:

  • Delivery of programs to support businesses that are:
    • expanding and developing new market opportunities
    • looking to set up greenfield operations
    • planning to relocate to the Shoalhaven.
  • Guidance on setting up a business in the Shoalhaven
  • Helping potential investors identify and develop commercial opportunities in the area
  • Commercial land sales and potential locations
  • Coordination across key government agencies and regulatory bodies
  • Assistance in identifying business-to-business solutions and opportunities
  • Advice on accessing grants, logistics and supply chain operations.

Contact Details

Dale Hall – General Manager
+61 2 4424 5317

Sikorsky Australia

Headquartered in Nowra, Sikorsky Australia provides regulatory approved, on and off-site maintenance capabilities and logistics support for rotary aircraft. In Nowra we support the RAN MH-60R Seahawk and Army Black Hawk and our MRO in Brisbane supports maintenance in the Asia-Pacific region. We provide manpower support to Holsworthy Army base and Non-Destructive Testing services for both Commercial and Defence industry. Our Sikorsky FSL facility in Perth provides service throughout the Southern Hemisphere.

Sikorsky Australia strives to be the industry leader in rotary aircraft support, meeting the needs of Defence and Industry whilst ensuring we deliver Quality First and Safety Always.

Contact Details

Louise Smeets – Managing Director
4/5 Erina Road
Woollamia NSW 2541
(02) 4403 7739

SMETEC Services Pty Ltd

SMETEC Services Pty Ltd is a 100% Australian family owned and operated company in Woollamia, originally formed in 2012. SMETEC specialise in the waterjet cutting of Australian Made Bisalloy Armour specifically for Australian and International Defence capabilities. With the ability to process materials to 5 different cut finish levels and angles up to 60 degrees, the capacity for Armoured plate is exceptional.

Waterjet Cutting, with its unique ability to eliminate HAZ (Heat Affected Zones), ensures the integrity of material remains to the original specification through to the very edge reducing risks of premature failure.

SMETEC are leading the way in the field of Armour and exotic material processing in Australia.

Contact Details

Manager TAFE Services
60 Beinda St
Bomaderry NSW 2541
PO Box 225
Nowra NSW 2541
61 2 4421 9888

Tafe NSW

TAFE NSW has extensive experience in providing industry specific consultancy and training services both internationally and within Australia. These range from operator level practical skills training to senior management and professional programs, and cover all aspects of efficient operations. All programs are delivered by highly qualified staff who have vast industry and business experience.

Contact Details

Paul Di Pietro

University of Wollongong
Northfields Avenue,
Wollongong 2522

(02) 4221 4887

University of Wollongong - Facility for Intelligent Fabrication

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is helping link Defence with industry and academia through its strong presence in Defence-related research and training and maritime security. UOW is a founding member of the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC).

The Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) is a collaboration between UOW, TAFE NSW and Weld Australia. To ensure the international competitiveness of the Australian fabrication industry, the FIF was established to be a one-stop-shop where it demonstrates Industry 4.0 technologies such as robotics, smart sensors, augmented reality, machine learning and automated offline programming. The FIF also provides training and certification for the manufacturing sector.

UOW forms a critical part of the estimated $1.3 billion contract awarded to Thales Australia on automated robotic solutions for the manufacture of the Bushmaster and Hawkei land vehicles. BlueScope Steel and Bisalloy Steels also draw on the experience of UOW to work on providing steels specifically designed to suite the construction of Australia’s future maritime platforms.

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