• More than 900 aviation and aerospace companies are located in Queensland • Over 16,500 aviation and aerospace jobs in Queensland Queensland - an aviation and aerospace hub After almost a decade of unprecedented industry growth, the Government's vision for Queensland as an aviation and aerospace hub for the Asian Pacific region is fast becoming a reality.
22nd Jul 2011
Queensland: An Asia Pacific aviation and aerospace hub
• More than 900 aviation and aerospace companies are located in Queensland
• Over 16,500 aviation and aerospace jobs in Queensland
Queensland - an aviation and aerospace hub
After almost a decade of unprecedented industry growth, the Government's vision for Queensland as an aviation and aerospace hub for the Asian Pacific region is fast becoming a reality.
Queensland is an emerging centre for Australia's aerospace and general aviation industries with capabilities including:
• Aircraft and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (including modification)
• Avionics manufacture
• Aircraft structures, airframes including advanced composites and systems software
• Aeronautical design
• Manufacture and precision engineering
• Pilot training
• Aerospace education - secondary, tertiary and postgraduate
• Unmanned aircraft systems
Specifically, Queensland has become a centre for Australia's aerospace industry, rotary wing (helicopter) industry, aviation training services and general aviation industry, and a hub for Research and Development of emerging aviation technologies.
Almost 30% of Australia's aviation firms are located in Queensland and are characterised by commercial success, a strong commitment to innovation and a willingness to collaborate through networks and supply chains. In support of these organisations, the Queensland Government continues to encourage economic growth by fostering a positive environment for business and industry by:
• Promoting sustainable regional development
• Actively pursuing strong partnerships with key industry sectors
• Aggressively seeking to identify major new opportunities to assist the State's future development involving the private sector in capturing these opportunities to strengthen the State's export performance.
The aviation, aerospace and defence industry in Queensland comprises of approximately 900 firms ranging in size from global corporations to small and medium sized enterprises. They operate all facets of the industry from commercial airlines, general aviation and defence activities. Also represented are organisations specialising in civil aircraft and component design, manufacture, modification and repair, aviation services, R&D and all levels of technical and services training and education.
Who is here?
Queensland's competitive and innovative aviation and aerospace sector includes:
• Asia Pacific Aerospace
• Australian Aerospace
• Australian Aerospace Composites
• Boeing Defence Australia
• Boeing Research and Technology Australia
• Boeing Training and Flight Services
• Flight Training Queensland
• GE Aviation Systems Australia
• Hawker Pacific
• Insitu Pacific Limited
• Pratt and Whitney Canada (Australasia)
• Qantas Defence Services
• Raytheon Australia
• Sikorsky Aircraft Australia
• TAE (subsidiary of Air New Zealand)
• Virgin Blue
Aviation and aerospace industry workforce
Queensland is supporting the continued growth of the aviation industry with excellent education and training, from high school to professional, including:
• Aviation High - Australia's first dedicated aviation high school based at Hendra
• Aerospace Gateway project - introduces aerospace subjects during Years 11 and 12
at 17 Queensland secondary schools
• Aviation Australia - world-class centre of excellence in aviation and aerospace training
• Queensland universities - expanding aviation and aerospace programs at Queensland
universities including at post graduate and post doctoral levels.
A strong defence aerospace sector
The Queensland Government is partnering with the Department of Defence to deliver the Aerospace and Defence Support Centre Amberley to support RAAF Base Amberley achieve mega-base status. This facility will complement the State's strong expertise in other defence sub-sectors such as electronics, marine, heavy engineering/fabrication and vehicle construction.
A number of Queensland regions are focused on the aviation and aerospace sector including:
• Brisbane - gateway to the Asia Pacific region and headquarters to global aerospace companies
• Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions - strengths in rotary and fixed-wing pilot training and aeroskills training
• Cairns - strengths in tourism and charter operations and associated support services
• Wide Bay/Burnett region - emerging centre of Australia's general aviation industry and
potential international unmanned airborne system test and training location
• Rockhampton/Townsville - extensive support to Queensland-based defence activities
Queensland Aviation Sector Action Plan
The Queensland Aviation Sector Action Plan outlines the actions required to further strengthen Aviation and Aerospace Industry capabilities:
• Attract and grow significant sustainable competitive aviation capability that is built on innovation
• Ensure an adequate supply of skilled people
• Provide and encourage investment in strategic infrastructure
• Support R&D, technology diffusion and commercialisation to ensure a globally competitive industry.
Where to from here?
In order for the aviation and aerospace industry to reach its full potential, the Queensland Government is supporting:
• International competitiveness and building critical mass
• Skills and training
• Emerging and advanced technologies.