why the hunter

Established capabilities, strategic location, Defence Ready:

The Hunter Region is the prime meeting place of innovation industry and lifestyle

Hunter Regional Strength and Smarts

Strategically positioned in proximity to the multi-nodal transport infrastructures of Sydney and Newcastle with established R&D facilities and a highly experienced, high-skills workforce ready for immediate deployment, the Hunter region is ideally situated for companies and enterprises of any size seeking to contribute to the sustained development of Australia’s defence capabilities.

New South Wales
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The Hunter Region
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home to nation's air combat capability

Located in New South Wales, 30 kilometres north of Newcastle, RAAF Base Williamtown is Australia’s premier fighter pilot training base, housing most of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and employing over 4,500 people.

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The largest port on Australia's East Coast

Port of Newcastle is Australia’s deepwater global gateway, the largest on the nation’s East Coast. It is more than a port. It exists to build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions.

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singleton military area

complete infantry training facility

Situated within the Hunter Valley, NSW, the Singleton Military Area (SMA) is comprised of Lone Pine Barracks and the Singleton Training Area (STA). Lone Pine Barracks is located approximately 8km south of the township of Singleton.

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defence aerospace and innovation precinct

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10 + major defence primes

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world leading education and research

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exceptional regional smes


The hunter: A Defence Ready Region

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Investing in the future

Download the 2024 Hunter Investment Prospectus and discover why the Hunter is considered an economic powerhouse – and a sure investment for your defence-related enterprise.

the hunter - a home to enterprise

The Hunter Region is home to a host of small-to-medium enterprises and business that play a key role in the economic health and industrial capability of the region. From the manufacture of mission-critical components to the provision of parts and equipment at truly industrial scale and the delivery of capital-city class business services, the economy, ingenuity, and innovation of the Hunter region is second to none.

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the power of many

HunterNet, founded in the early 1990s, is a co-operative of over 120 businesses and leaders driving growth and success in the region through bringing SMEs, multinational primes, academia and government to the same table.

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the voice of hunter business since 1886

Formerly the Hunter Business Chamber, Hunter Business strives to make the Hunter a better place to live, work and do business. As the largest regional peak business group in Australia, it endures as an indispensable network resource for the region.

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education and training

the intelligence of the hunter

In addition to the world-recognised facilities and outcomes of the University of Newcastle and TAFE NSW, the Hunter region is home to one of the fastest-growing STEM-educated workforces thanks to the efforts of RDA Hunter.

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leading defence, aerospace and innovation precinct

Directly adjoining RAAF Base Williamtown and Newcastle Airport, Astra Aerolab provides a defence and aerospace ecosystem for Defence primes – including BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon – as well as many significant SMEs.

Latest News

The latest intelligence on events, announcements, trends and developments in the Hunter Region and in Australia’s defence industry.

June 18, 2024

Industry Development Grant (DIDG) program guidelines released

The Defence Industry Development Grant (DIDG) program guidelines have been released by The Hon. Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry. Eligible Australian businesses can begin

January 23, 2024

EOIs now open for 2024 events with Team Defence Australia

October 19, 2023

Nupress, Lockheed Martin and Thales set to boost Hunter region defence profile

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