Diversity and inclusion

Our 50 year program will not only impact ourselves, but generations of people to come. We are completely – and boldly – confident that we will deliver Australia 12 regionally superior Attack Class submarines, but to achieve this, we need diverse talent from a variety of backgrounds.

Investing in a diversity and inclusion policy makes good business sense. People from different backgrounds with different experiences challenge each other, foster greater creativity and uncover new and better ways of doing business – something that’s as important as ever in our current environment.

In 2020, the Naval Group Australia Board endorsed our inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

The strategy has three main objectives :

1. To increase the diversity of talent pools from which we can draw upon to meet the needs of Australia’s Future Submarine Program

2. Foster an inclusive culture to enable a diverse workforce to excel

To develop a sustainable and diverse pipeline of talent with Naval Group Australia.

Our diversity and inclusion strategy has four priority areas:

Gender diversity

To increase the representation of women in non-traditional roles (trades and technical roles)

While women make up half the population, they are underrepresented within the Defence industry. Historically, the Defence industry has struggled to attract and retain skilled women. A recent analysis of workforce data for the top 20 Defence industry companies found less than one in five Defence industry employees are women; less than one in seven Defence industry managers are women; and only one in 14 new apprentices in the industry are women.

Gender diversity in the workplace should be the focus of every Australian workplace, regardless of its size, history or purpose. As such, we’re focusing our efforts on implementing greater changes in the workplace, particularly within non-traditional roles (trades and technical), to ensure greater representation of women generally within Defence industry and specifically in leadership positions.

Indigenous engagement

To focus on increasing Indigenous engagement both through the supply chain and direct Indigenous employment opportunities.  

We respect the cultures of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and we acknowledge the injustices – past, present and future – to our nation's first people. We are committed to delivering an inclusive and fair future for all Australians.

Engaging the unique skills and knowledge of Indigenous people plays a key role in assisting organisations to develop mutually beneficial Indigenous employment strategies. Providing employment opportunities for Indigenous engineers, tradespeople, project managers and other experts in their field provides us all with different perspectives, experiences and knowledge, which can create long-term value for organisations and individuals.

Veterans

To focus on providing a pathway for careers after service.

In recent years, there’s been an increased focus on providing more jobs for navy veterans transitioning out of the Australian Defence Force. Although veterans provide a wealth of talent and possess many skills and abilities that are needed to close the job skills gap, they are often overlooked by employers.

Diverse experiences

To focus on developing a diverse experience base, including employees from non-defence industries.

The $200 billion dollar investment by the Australian Government in Defence Capability is set to create unprecedented growth for the Defence industry, resulting in an increased demand for skilled workers. To meet this demand, we must look beyond the Defence itself, and strategically position ourselves within adjacent industries to attract mature skilled employees and those in the early years of their careers (internships, cadetships, graduates).

It’s estimated that the current Australian Defence Industry employs 25,000 people. In comparison, the mining and manufacturing sectors employ over 1.1 million people. It’s well known that the peaks and troughs of commodity prices impact employment in the mining industry, and in the last decade there’s been a substantive decline in employment within the manufacturing sector.

This means many opportunities exist within the local employment market for Naval Group Australia to actively target trades, engineers and other professionals with aligned skill sets.