University of Tasmania to help deliver defence fleet

AGREEMENT: UTAS has formally joined an international consortium which will help deliver Australia’s next-generation submarine fleet. Picture: DCNS
AGREEMENT: UTAS has formally joined an international consortium which will help deliver Australia’s next-generation submarine fleet. Picture: DCNS

The University of Tasmania will work with four leading French institutions to help deliver Australia’s next-generation submarine fleet.

Last year, the federal government announced the nation’s Future Submarine Program would deliver the next fleet of Australian submarines, which would be built in Adelaide.

Officially signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, the University of Tasmania will now work with its French partners to create the new generation of skilled workers required to research, design, build and maintain the fleet.

“Arrangements such as this provide a platform upon which we can expand our existing strengths, along with the development of completely new economic sectors for the region and the state,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Monique Skidmore said.

“This agreement has come about because of our university’s capacity for interdisciplinary research and our highly-regarded pedigree in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

This agreement has come about because of our university’s capacity for interdisciplinary research ...

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Monique Skidmore

Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom said “this further builds on the capacity we have in the maritime sector and the advanced manufacturing sector”.

“It will put the Australian Maritime College at the forefront of the teaching and research work that will inform the delivery of Australia’s submarine fleet,” he said.