Our Partnership with the Department of State Development

The Playford Trust continues to partner with the Department of State Development and the Defence Teaming Centre to offer internships and scholarships to increase the State’s skill base in the important areas of defence and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The Trust works with its partners to ensure these opportunities attract the best and brightest students South Australia has to offer.

With this partnership, the Trust will further support the Government of South Australia’s commitment to growing the defence and related STEM sectors. These sectors create long-term employment for our communities, attract significant investment and drive innovation in South Australia. The Department of State Development provides funding for the Programs, and is responsible for overseeing and administrating the programs in consultation with the Playford Trust and the Defence Teaming Centre.

The Defence Honours Scholarship and Defence and STEM Internship Programs enable some of the State’s most advanced technology companies to nominate a project to be matched with high performing undergraduate students in their field of interest.  The students gain valuable industry experience and are able to enhance their future career and employment prospects by working on real-world tasks.

Industry partners who have joined this year include:

  • Lockheed Martin Australia
  • Rheinmetall Simulation Australia
  • ASC
  • Boeing Defence Australia
  • BAE Systems