The largest surface ship building endeavour in the the history of our nation has commenced in South Australia.

ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government to design and build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

Known as the Hunter class, these frigates will be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, using Australian suppliers from every state and territory.

The Hunter Class Frigate Program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program, including 1,000 apprentice and graduate roles. We'll need engineers and project managers, specialists in steel work, mechanical, electrical and technical trades and many other professionals.

Why work for us?
ASC Shipbuilding's highly skilled shipbuilding workforce has been building complex and highly capable surface naval vessels for the Royal Australian Navy for the past 10 years.

When you join ASC Shipbuilding, you become part of the BAE Systems Australia team, with a national workforce of more than 4,000 skilled people. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

To learn more about the Hunter program and our commitments, visit:

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People are our priority at ASC Shipbuilding and as a team, we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer of choice.

We are committed to the safety and well-being of our colleagues and environmental zero harm. We thrive in a culture that fosters diversity and inclusivity where all employees lead by example. We also enjoy flexible working practices that allow us to work in a way that suits us best.

We seek out and support development to ensure our employees can reach their full potential and we recognise them for their achievements and contributions.
People at ASC Shipbuilding work with a sense of pride and purpose, uphold a strong set of values and know, that together, we make a difference.

Joining our team will open a world of opportunity.

As the program progresses, we will seek interest for specific roles and skill sets.

Our timeline for mobilising the Hunter program workforce is as follows:

  • Project mobilisation: 2018-2020
  • Prototyping and major procurement: 2019-2022
  • Batch 1 manufacturing: 2022-2028
  • Post batch 1 manufacturing; ongoing ship build

We're regularly recruiting for roles within the following disciplines:

  • Project Management, Planning and Controls
  • Combat Systems Engineering
  • IT
  • Commercial (contracts) Management and Supply chain
  • Support functions such as Finance, Legal and Human Resources

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