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Varley Defence


Varley is a diversified supplier of first class engineered products and services to a broad range of major industries including Defence & Aerospace, Specialised Vehicles, Power Services, Marine and Industrial, Rail and Electric Vehicles.

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21 School Dr



Australia - 2322

Phone : + 61 2 4964 0400
Fax : +61 2 4964 0499
Mail : [email protected]
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Varley was established in 1886 in NSW as a small plumbing and boiler making business and since then, it has grown to be one of Australia’s oldest and most advanced engineering and manufacturing companies with facilities across Australia, the USA and Southeast Asia.

Throughout the past century, Varley has steadily grown and diversified its business. This diversification has allowed it to ride the highs and lows of market trends and maintain its financial strength in the face of strong competition, globalisation and the speed in which technologies and markets are changing. More recently Varley has begun to diversify its business further through national and international acquisitions and Joint Ventures and strategic partnerships with leading Defence Technology Companies.

Diversity is one of Varley’s strengths and the Company has continued to be viable over a long period of time including during the Global Economic Crisis and the COVID 19 Pandemic. This depth and diversity ensure that the Company will be able to deliver and more importantly grow even under difficult economic conditions reducing risk to their customers and ensuring delivery of contracted capability.

Current Defence projects range from Mobile Secure Facilities to support deployment of 5th generation aircraft platforms, Integrated Modules for the new fleet of Australian Army field vehicles, Deployable Tactical and Logistics Shelters, Integrated Trailer Systems, Missile Transport and Stowage Containers, Aircraft Ground Support and Test Equipment (GS&TE), Police Vehicles, Fire and Rescue Vehicles, Ambulance & Emergency Response Vehicles, Power Station Valve Refurbishments, Ship Repair and Maintenance and Rail Rolling Stock Maintenance.

Varley Defence prides itself in continuously improving service to customers from both the Australian Defence Force and defence industry alike providing innovative and cost-effective turnkey solutions encompassing engineering design, prototype development, low and high volume manufacturing and integrated logistics support.

Core Capabilities include:

  • CAD 3D - Conceptual and Detailed Design
  • CAE - FEA, Fatigue, Vibration, ROPS
  • Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA)
  • Design Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (DFMEA)
  • Prototype Development
  • Reverse Engineering / Laser Scanning / 3D Printing
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Augmented Reality (AR) Design Verification 
  • Light-weight and Heavy Metal Fabrication
  • Precision Machining & Routing and Sheet-metal Cutting and Folding
  • Fibre glass and Vacuum Pressed Paneling
  • Abrasive Grit Blasting and APAS Painting
  • Production Builds – Low and High Volume
  • Electrical and Mechanical Systems Integration
  • Complete Project Management
  • Product Configuration Management
  • Integrated Logistic Support
  • Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade

No of Employees : 1,200
ACN : 000 005 318
ABN : 87 000 005 318
Year of Establishment : 1886
Post Box Number : 328
Post Box Zip Code : 2310
Post Box Locality : Hunter Region Mail Centre
Post Box Region : NSW

Key Personnel

Managing Director:  Jeff Phillips
CEO Defence:  Victor Ugarte
Chief Growth Officer:  Jeff Honniball
Chief Financial Officer:  Ian Rennie
Commercial Manager:  Emma Wolfenden
Manager of Defence Projects:  Matt Woolley
Bid Manager Defence:  Mark Townsend
Engineering Manager Defence & Aerospace:  Richard Pope
Design Manager Defence & Aerospace:  Nick Winslade

Quality Assurance

Varley is a certified Quality Assured company to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems since September 2009.

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