Construction in South Australia


South Australia fact sheet (PDF 347.66 KB)


Australia's SSN-AUKUS submarines will be built in Adelaide, South Australia.

Enabling works will begin in 2023 at the future submarine construction yard in Osborne. The yard will be almost 3 times larger than the yard forecast for the Attack Class program.

Over the forward estimates, it is estimated $6 billion will be invested in the Australian industry and workforce, with at least $2 billion in the South Australian infrastructure alone.

At the peak, up to 4,000 workers will be employed to design and build the infrastructure for the submarine construction yard in Osborne.

A further 4,000-5,500 direct jobs are expected to be created to build the nuclear-powered submarines in South Australia, when the program reaches its peak in 20-30 years' time. This is almost double the workforce forecast for the Attack Class program.

The Commonwealth and South Australian Governments are working together through the Commonwealth South Australian Defence Industry Workforce and Skills Taskforce, to ensure Defence projects in South Australia will have a highly skilled workforce to draw on.

Workforce development has already started, including expansion of the Sovereign Shipbuilding Talent Pool. This will leverage the existing local and experienced submarine industrial workforce in South Australia.

Enabling works, starting in 2023, will include above and in-ground utility relocation, construction of a new access road and other supporting infrastructure.

The Australian Government plans to manufacture components at the future submarine construction yard for use by the UK and US production lines, before commencing construction of the first SSN-AUKUS.