Since 1998 numerous visionary and philanthropic individuals and organisations have partnered with REA to help facilitate the direct impact we have had on over 500,000 students across Australia. Their support has included both financial and in-kind contributions, assisted with mentoring of students, supply of event judges and event venues. The following are just a small portion of those industries who are helping us change the lives of so many students.

Our Major Sponsors

Department of Defence

The Department of Defence (DOD) has been the primary National supporter of REA’s programs since 2008 and REA activities now form part of the DOD’s Schools Pathways Program.

The DOD are keen to raise students’ awareness of possible career opportunities and knowledge of Defence and Defence industry pathways whilst increasing the number of students undertaking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in participating schools.

The long-term benefits Department of Defence aims to achieve by being involved with REA include:

  • Increasing the pool of young people ready to move from school into education and apprentices, internships, scholarships and part-time work/study combinations relevant to defence industries;
  • Educate Australian Youth about the employment options available in defence industries;
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate skilled workforces in Defence & Defence Industries and Improve defence industry’s competitiveness through an increased pool of future, upskilled employees.

Defence SA

Defence SA’s mission is to grow investment and jobs from the Australian Defence Force and defence industries. 

Working closely with Defence and industry, Defence SA targets investment and expansion opportunities, drives and supports the delivery of major defence projects and facilities, and pursues the location of additional Defence units and capabilities in the state.


Defence west

Defence West’s mission is to enhance Western Australia’s defence industry by fostering investment, expanding infrastructure, and creating employment opportunities. The agency works closely with the Australian Defence Force, local industry, and academic institutions to support and drive key defence initiatives.


Our outstanding industry partners include