The Royal Australian Navy will employ innovative new training systems as part of a plan to grow its workforce to more than 20,000 people by 2040.

The new Navy Training Force Platforms and Systems Training Contract with CAE Australia will deliver essential platform and system training to Navy personnel ashore, to enable effective Navy capability at sea.

Assistant Minister for Defence the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP said Navy’s ability to operate and maintain current and future capability is fundamental to Defence’s mission.

“Consolidating platform and systems training into a single contract will allow Navy to deliver trained sailors to the fleet faster than ever before, generating a capable, productive and skilled workforce,” Assistant Minister Thistlethwaite said.

“The new training model will be flexible and based on-shore, meaning Navy personnel will spend less time away from home and have greater access to training that suits their needs.”

Commencing in January 2023, the $50 million contract will bring together the delivery of training services for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock, Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyer, Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment, Huon Class Minehunter and related cross-platform courses.

Previously delivered as separate contracts, the consolidated delivery of training services in partnership with Navy training personnel, will offer new opportunities for innovation and efficiency in training content and delivery.