The defence sector in Western Australia is a trusted, stable and major employer. Education and workforce skilling requirements are guided by a whole of government strategic approach to ensure industry needs are sustainably met and the workforce of the State is recognised as one of the most highly educated, qualified and skilled of its type in the world.

Areas of focus for study paths can range from electrical design and engineering, computer programming, software development and modifying and maintaining electronic equipment — to name but a few. There are also specialist maritime courses available to qualify you to work on offshore oil rigs, large charter vessels, tugboats and sailing ships.

Now is a great time to consider a Defence focused career! 

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Skills Ready: Free training and more!

Skills ready.

We’re making training affordable and accessible so you can boost your skills and be job ready as the WA economy recovers.

How about a free training course — yes... free! Or choose from over 70 half-price qualifications that match up with where the jobs are.

To meet the specific needs of businesses for COVID-19,  we have new skill sets — fast track training to get you job ready — and to make sure anyone can get skills ready we have made a range of courses available online at TAFE colleges.

Take a look!


Defence offers a huge range of training options. Use the course search below to find out more (select from the options under Industry area, and/or the keyword search, to refine the results). Select a qualification or course title to see a list of training providers in Western Australia who deliver it – then select a provider to find out more. 

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The list presented here is only for this industry category.  You can select a qualification or course title to see a list of training providers in Western Australia who deliver it – then select a provider to find out more.
A full course list across all industry areas is available here

Industry categories
The list of courses displayed for a selected industry category is intended to assist individuals learn more about occupation and training pathways, and may not represent all possible pathways for an industry.  For further assistance on occupation and training pathways please contact your nearest Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64. 

Please note
The vocational education and training (VET) courses delivered in Western Australia on this course list are funded through the Department of Training and Workforce Development; these are referred to as publicly funded training.  A range of qualifications and courses for priority industry areas and occupations are subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, to reduce the cost of training in priority skill areas. To find out more about which courses are subsidised, please take a look at the information available on the main Training page.

Other non-publicly funded courses are available through TAFE colleges and private providers; however these are not included in this course list. To find these other courses, you can search a list of all VET courses in WA via the website.

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Defence: A priority for Western Australia

The WA State Government is committed to supporting Western Australia's defence industry, as a priority area, to diversify the State's economy and create jobs. 

Premier Mark McGowan  launched the WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan during his address at the inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference in October 2018.

You can view the  Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation website.

The WA State Government recently opened South Metropolitan TAFE’s new $2.4M Naval Base Campus, in Henderson. This state-of-the-art training facility will help to deliver a multi-skilled workforce to meet the needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.

Read our news article to find out more about the new Naval Base Campus.