Shoalwater Bay Training Area

The expansion of Shoalwater Bay Training Area is being delivered under the Australia – Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI). 

Defence is committed to maximising economic benefits for communities and opportunities for local industry in Central Queensland across the life of the ASMTI.

Defence’s Managing Contractor is Laing O’Rourke. As part of its Local Industry Capability Plan, Laing O’Rourke has committed to sourcing in the order of 80 per cent of the value of the sub-contracted works from the Central Queensland region.

Construction is underway, with targeted completion by mid-2024. Construction works include enabling infrastructure such as:

  • roads
  • fencing
  • firebreaks and entry points
  • camp accommodation and supporting infrastructure
  • storage
  • urban operations live fire facility

Local businesses will have opportunities to seek work across a range of areas, including construction, logistics and technical support. Opportunities during establishment of the training areas include training area design and construction of infrastructure and facilities.

Once the training areas are operational, Defence anticipates there will be additional opportunities for local businesses in logistics, maintenance, administrative and transportation support.



Date Milestone
Mid 2019 Procurement for early works packages, including:
  • perimeter fencing
  • site signage
  • firebreak construction
  • civil works.
Late 2019 Early works commenced.
2020 Procurement for major works.

Major works commenced, including:
  • urban operations training facilities
  • vehicle parking and washing facilities
  • camps
  • information and communication technology infrastructure
  • field vehicle maintenance facilities
  • field explosive ordnance storage
  • waste management
  • medical facilities.
2021 Major works continue
2024 Expected construction completion


Shoalwater Bay training area maps (PDF, 791.71 KB)