At Thales Australia, we have a long and proud history of working with Australian suppliers to further develop advanced in-country capability across manufacturing, critical systems and services. For more than 30 years we have been building a whole industrial ecosystem in Australia to support the Australian Defence Force and exports.
From 2018 - 2020, Thales Australia spent $1.9bn dollars on Australian suppliers across all markets we operate in. We pride ourselves on the collaborative nature of our work and we don’t simply procure from SMEs, we provide best in class development support to help them grow, improve and be more competitive.
By fostering close collaborative partnerships with small to medium businesses, Thales is contributing to the Australian Government’s strategy of building enhanced sovereign industrial capability.
Thales Australia’s spend from 2018 - 2020 with Australian suppliers
jobs supported by Thales Australia supplier spend in 2020
of Thales’s Australian suppliers in 2020 were small or medium businesses
Australian Defence Industry Spending Increasing Despite COVID-19
Following on from the first major study of its type conducted by AlphaBeta Advisers in partnership with Thales Australia in 2020, economic analysts Accenture were given unprecedented access to data on hundreds of thousands of payments by Thales Australia to its Australian suppliers over a three-year period. This study 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.
The data clearly showed Australian supply chain spending by Thales Australia increased in 2020 despite the economic disruption caused by Covid-19, supporting an increasing trend in Australian supply chain supply jobs and economic activity benefit from spending more of the Defence dollar in Australia. It delivers thousands of jobs spread through hundreds of business across the nation.
This analysis provides strong evidence in support of the Government’s policy of requiring high levels of Australian Industry Capability in its acquisition and sustainment programs. There is a strong correlation between Sovereign Industry Capability and the greatest benefit flowing to Australian suppliers.
Global Supply Chain Program
Thales Australia is a key part of a global technology company that employs 90,000 people worldwide. This network, spanning across 52 countries, provides opportunities for local suppliers to move into the Thales Group global supply chain; offering an international platform in which to promote and potentially grow their business.
The Global Supply Chain Program (GSCP) is an initiative by the Australian Government aimed at increasing the number of Australian small to medium-sized enterprises (SME's), universities and research organisations embedded in the supply chains of the multinational prime contractors. Established in 2009, eight prime contractors are involved: Thales, BAE Systems, Boeing, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Rheinmetall.
Thales has been an active participant in the GSCP since 2010 and through its dedicated Industry Engagement Unit (IEU), actively seeks out opportunities for Australian Industry within it’s global supply chain and the supply chain of it’s tier suppliers and partners.
Click here to read more about the Global Supply Chain Program.