RAAF Base Amberley has reportedly contributed around $522 million in value to Queensland’s Defence industry this financial year, and the value is projected to increase to more than $1 billion by 2019-20.
Almost a third of the base jobs are expected to be created between 2015-16 to 2019-20, with almost 2800 jobs being added to the economy over that time.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said Amberley is a significant driver of Queensland’s economy, and spending by Defence and its Australian Defence Force and civilian employees provides substantial benefits to the Ipswich community and surrounding region.
“Recently we’ve made a number of announcements which have led to this boom in Queensland Defence industry. Companies like TAE, a company based in Amberley who will be maintaining the engines for Joint Strike Fighters from all over the world have been big beneficiaries of the Government’s commitment to Australian defence industry.” he said.
Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans Affairs Dan Tehan said bases like Amberley across the country provide a boost for local communities and create jobs outside the people directly employed by the base.
“The beneficiaries of the Amberley base are spread across the community and include the construction and business services sector, wholesale and retail trades, hotel, food and telecommunications industries and as members of the local community, Defence employees and their families also provide significant contributions to the education and retail sectors,“ Tehan said.
KPMG’s report said the flow-on or indirect impact of the base on the economy are reflected in the value added by the Construction and Business Services sectors – which includes the Financial Services, Rental & Real Estate, and Professional & Technical Services industries – as these industries benefit from demand from the Defence sector for their products and services.
“The Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, Hotel and Food and Telecommunications industries also benefit from a boost in demand driven by the increase business activity and household incomes.”
“The base’s contribution to the Greater Brisbane region is expected to continue to grow, potentially reaching a total contribution of around $1.2 billion by 2019-20, further highlighting the significant level of economic activity generated by the Base’s operations.
“It is estimated that in FY 2006-07 nearly $280 million was spent by the base. Of this, almost $130 million was spent on employees compensation (including rent and rental assistance), accounting for over 45 per cent of total expenditure. Capital expenditure of close to $140 million accounted for almost 50 per cent of total expenditure in that year.
“Over the next five years, nominal capital expenditure at the Base is anticipated to return to 2006-07 levels, while potential increases in personnel numbers may boost expenditure on employees. Overall, by 2020, total annual expenditure by the Base is estimated at almost $745 million.”