The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded a $35.86m (A$50m) contract to Victorian education and training provider Box Hill Institute.

Under this award, Box Hill Institute will deliver specialist skills training for Australia’s Army, Air Force and Navy work force.

The education and training provider has signed a five-year contract extension to continue providing technical and trade training.

This training will be delivered through the Defence Command Support Training Centre (DCSTC).

DCSTC operates at several defence bases throughout Australia.

Australia Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “We know that our sailors, soldiers and aviators must have the best training support available, both now and into the future.

“We are facing a deteriorating strategic environment where the challenges we face are constantly changing.

“This means our training must be cutting edge and adaptable to ensure we are ready to deal with the threats at hand, and I am extremely confident that this contract will ensure that happens.

“The Morrison Government is proud to invest in programmes that further strengthen defence’s industry partnerships.

“The Box Hill Institute has considerable experience working hand-in-hand with military instructors and I am confident that it will continue to provide highly effective training.”  

About 35% of the trainees to receive the training are new to defence, while the remaining are current serving personnel returning for ‘career development or progression training’ in their trade.

According to a DoD statement, the contract will adapt to the future learning requirements of defence.

Furthermore, the new contract also includes music training for ADF musicians to generate the band capabilities of the three services.

Since 2014, the Box Hill Institute has been training the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Australian Public Servants and other military members of foreign nations.