Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Thales Australia employs around 3,800 people directly and supports over 2,000 jobs along its Australian supply chain. In 2020 Thales Australia spent $657 million with 1,841 Australia suppliers, of which 82% are SMEs.
Thales Australia has a history of patient investment to build advanced in-country capability across manufacturing, critical systems and services. Close collaborative relationships with local customers, Australian SME suppliers and research institutions combined with technology transfer from our global business enables Thales to tailor high quality solutions for Australian and export markets, generating revenue of $1.6 billion in exports over the past 10 years.
employees across 35 sites
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Our Australian locations
With 35 sites across Australia, Thales has a footprint in every state and territory. From Canberra to Cairns and from Sydney to Darwin – Thales Australia is working hard for our customers across the country each and every day.
Our corporate responsibility mission is at the very heart of what we do. Each activity we undertake and every relationship we hold is underpinned by our commitment to building a future we can trust for our people, our communities, our environment and our business.
We behave responsibly and promote sustainability at every level of the business. We act with integrity and morality in every situation, and uphold the law at all times. We’re strictly politically neutral.
Our people are the backbone of our business, and the way they’re valued and treated at Thales in Australia is testimony to this. We promote equal opportunities and diversity within our workforce. We’re transparent and consistent in all of our actions.
We’re part of the local community. The national community. The global community. And within our communities, we build strong relationships and maintain a neighbourly spirit. We’re proud to support a variety of local and national youth, technology and education causes.
We’re passionate about preserving the planet for future generations. That’s why we operate in a way that protects the environment, preserves biodiversity and respects natural sites. We’re reducing our footprint by minimising our resources, seeking less environmentally harmful alternatives where we can, recycling and preventing pollution wherever possible.
Our commitment to veterans
Thales prides itself on supporting the Australian Defence Force, both while they are serving and when they leave service.
Find out more about the Veterans Committee, the charities we support, and read about the contribution’s veterans are making here at Thales.
At Thales, we believe a diverse and inclusive culture creates an environment where innovation, creativity and ingenuity thrive; enabling us to design extraordinarily high technology solutions for our customers.
Since 2008, Thales Australia has been a proud supporter of Legacy; one of Australia's oldest charitable institutions dedicated to caring for families of Australia’s war veterans. As a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force, we are honoured to be involved in the care, compassion and support provided by Legacy to those we trust to keep us and our nation safe.
Over the past 12 years, Thales Australia staff have participated in a range of volunteer activities and fundraising initiatives ranging from selling the iconic Legacy badge to sponsored Dragonboat events to providing support at the Invictus Games held in Sydney in 2018. Graduates employed at Thales also contribute to Legacy through specific initiatives aimed at raising awareness and funds in their local communities.
Thales Australia has been proudly supporting Kookaburra Kids since 2016. The Kookaburra Kids foundation does critical work supporting children aged 8-18 years, living in families affected by mental illness.
The funding provided by Thales has helped support camps, activity days and program development and expansion which will assist the foundation in responding to growing needs and requirements. Beyond the funding element, Thales staff will contribute through special events and volunteering opportunities.
Section 66(6) of the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Act, 1997 requires that corporations holding environment protection licences issued under the POEO Act, must publish any monitoring data required by the licence on the corporation's website.
Accenture analysed data on millions of payments by Thales to its Australian suppliers in the most detailed economic analysis of its type on Australia’s defence industry. This report highlights the integral role that Australian businesses play in Thales Australia’s supply chain and how these investments benefits the customer as well as the local businesses and their economies.
Delivering real capabilities in Australia, across 35 sites employing 3800 Australians, also means millions in tax revenue stays in Australia. We take our tax obligations very seriously and are proud to contribute to Australia’s economy. Here’s a summary of the taxes paid or remitted last year by Thales Australia – totalling $287 million.