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  • Monday, August 31, 2020 4:32 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    UPDATES TO COMMONWEALTH PROCUREMENT RULES

    Click here to view the update.

     

    $1B TO ACCELERATE DEFENCE INDUSTRY INITIATIVES IN COVID-19 RECOVERY 

    The Morrison Government has announced a $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support thousands of jobs across the country.  

    The package is directed towards nationwide projects and jobs across Australia including:              

    • Increasing the employment of ADF Reservists who have lost their civilian income, with an allocation of up to an extra 210,000 days, and the targeted recruitment of an additional 500 ADF Reservists;
    • Increasing employment opportunities for current and former ADF personnel and their families;
    • A $300 million national estate works program that will focus on regional areas (including bushfire affected regions), such as Jervis Bay & Eden, RAAF Bases East Sale, Pearce, Wagga and Amberley, the Albury Wodonga Military Area and Blamey Barracks;
    • Accelerating the sustainment of ADF platforms and capabilities, including the upgrade of Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, modernisation of ADF uniforms; and additional C-27J maintenance, which will engage ex-Qantas and Virgin technicians;
    • Bringing forward around $190 million of investment in approved infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory;
    • Increased funding for Defence innovation, industry grants, skilling and micro credentialing and cyber training for Defence industry; and
    • Accelerating important ADF capability development projects, targeting key manufacturing, construction and high-tech sectors.   

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the package is estimated to support around 4,000 jobs across Australia and help many small and medium sized businesses in the defence-industry supply chain.

    Further information regarding Defence’s response to COVID-19 in supporting defence industry can be accessed at: https://www.defence.gov.au/covid-19/defence-industry/

     

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE UPDATE
    Message from Defence

    Please see below information on Defence’s approach to approval of travel, and the Defence request for information on industry’s travel plans.

    Defence Domestic travel guidance:

    Defence has been directed to demonstrate exemplar behaviours when it comes to the risk of infecting our colleagues, families or the broader community.  LTGEN Frewen, as Head of the COVID-19 Taskforce, and SEC/CDF have directed that any travel for Defence purposes (including by defence industry) must be pre-approved at the Band 2/2 Star level and must be scrutinised and deemed as absolutely essential.

    For our industry partners, Defence recommends working closely with your Defence sponsors when a need for travel is identified. Defence has well-established procedures for gaining approval from the relevant Band 2/2 Star authorities, so there should not be any impediment to travel that is agreed as essential. However, where there are restrictions and quarantine, Defence may not be able to support travel or gain an exemption – the State or Territory government holds the decision-making authority.

    Where the Band 2/2 Star authority agrees the travel is essential and can occur, Defence will provide a letter to the industry partner that:

    • supports the travel,
    • identifies the proposed travellers and dates of travel, and
    • states Defence’s expectations with respect to industry staff adherence to COVID-19 preventative measures including:

    ·          

    • quarantine periods,
    • social distancing requirements,
    • plans for symptom vigilance and action,
    • access to personal protective equipment, and
    • compliance with all State/Territory directions.

    Typically, the industry partner replies to Defence agreeing to the provisions of the Defence letter, detailing how they will comply with Defence’s expectations, and that their travelling staff member(s) will carry identification and the letters with them at all times.

    For activities approved as essential, it is the responsibility of the industry traveller to ensure appropriate State and Territory exemptions and permits are obtained prior to the travel commencing. Defence, through the sponsor and the COVID-19 Taskforce Industry Support Cell, can provide advice on these exemptions should industry need assistance to understand the requirements. The letter from Defence does not give permission for the traveller to cross borders or not comply with State and Territory restrictions – rather it offers Defence support for industry to seek any exemptions that may be allowed by the State and Territories.

    Should travel be denied due to State or Territory restrictions, for example, industry should try using other means to mitigate delay and consider accessing the provisions in the Recovery Deed if deemed appropriate.

    If there are any concerns please contact covid19.isc@defence.gov.au

    Defence related international travel and ‘posting’ information:

    Defence is seeking, for planning purposes, information from defence industry on its understanding of international travel requirements out to the next 12 months.

    Defence has been supporting a very limited number of overseas defence industry personnel to travel to and from Australia, in line with the Defence direction that travel only be supported where it is absolutely essential. Defence is now in need of a better understanding of future international travel requirements into and out of Australia. We are not seeking fine details, but a broad understanding of international travel. Examples are:

    Postings / Permanent Change of Station (PCS) – Foreign workers posted to Australia for longer periods; typically accompanied. If there are Australian workers being posted overseas, please provide those too. For example, are some of the big projects reaching levels of maturity where there is likely to be a requirement for new postings?

    Longer term / Temporary Duty (TDY) – maintenance of capabilities where personnel will be required in Australia for longer periods – more than a month, less than six months as a rough guide. Typically unaccompanied. If there are Australian workers on overseas TDYs, please provide those too. Again, consider if the big projects are reaching levels of maturity where there is likely to be a requirement for new TDYs.

    Short term / travel – is industry aware of short term travel requirements that will become due or have been delayed and now becoming essential? For example, certification of new equipment or processes, travel for warranty purposes, travel that has been delayed until conditions improved but has become essential. Similarly, if industry has travel it needs to conduct overseas that it has delayed or is impending, a snapshot of those figures is also important – for example support to Defence international engagement and assistance missions such as Fiji’s Blackrock Training centre.

    Defence is not seeking fine detail, rather an idea of scale of numbers. We have our own records of travel already approved, so have some historical data, but Defence is seeking your response by COB 25 August to Mr Tony Walsh, Director AIC and COVID-19 Industry Support Cell:  anthony.walsh2@defence.gov.au.

     

    AIDN YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD

    Driven and talented young people are the key to the future of the defence support industry. Since 2008, AIDN has conducted the Young Achiever Award (YAA) to recognise individuals who may be future industry leaders. The award is held at the Chapter level, and each Chapter winner will compete for the National award.

    WHO CAN ENTER THE AWARD?

    The Award is open to all members of defence support industry aged under 30 years, as of 1st January 2020. Applicants need to provide contact details of two references, one of which must be employed by a current financial member of an AIDN Chapter.

    WHY SHOULD I ENTER?

    Winning the AIDN Young Achiever Award recognises your efforts, and demonstrates your achievements and your potential to your colleagues, clients and future employers. The winner of the AIDN National Young Achiever Award, through the support of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and Department of Defence will secure a place on the 2022 Defence Industry Study Course (DISC).

    HOW TO APPLY

    To apply go to the AIDN National website here for your State/Territory application form.

    Entries close on the 16th of October at 5pm AEST.

     

    NORTHROP GRUMMAN AUSTRALIA SPACE SYSTEMS

    Click here for more information.

     

    AUSTRALIA-SINGAPORE MILITARY INITIATIVE (ASMTI) NEWSLETTER

    To view the latest newsletter click here.

     

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE INTRODUCES NEW SECURITY PROTOCOLS FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

    Defence has introduced new security protocols to ensure that information generated or exchanged as part of a collaborative research program is properly assessed for its sensitivity and security classification, and protected in accordance with Defence policy.

    These protocols are outlined in the Defence Research Collaboration Security Framework (DRCSF).

    Under the DRCSF, depending on the sensitivity or security classification of the research collaboration, collaborators with Defence may be required to:

    • Agree to implement specific security arrangements required by Defence;
    • Ensure that personnel participating in the collaborative research program have a specified level of security clearance, where required.

    Currently the DRCSF applies to collaborative research activities with the Defence Science and Technology Group, but is being progressively extended to other Defence groups and services.

    For more information please visit the Defence Research Collaboration Security Framework web page.

     

    CYBER SECURITY PROTECTION SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE 

    The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber-attacks and disruptions during COVID-19.
    guide has been developed to help small and micro businesses adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document will help businesses with simple and actionable advice in order to both identify common and emerging cyber threats and develop resilient business practices to protect themselves.
    Broader COVID-19-related cyber security advice is available online.

     

    DEFENCE CONNECT AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY AWARDS 2020 OPEN

    Defence Connect’s Australian Defence Industry Awards is back for 2020 with an amazing evening of recognition celebrating Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry, with submissions now open.

    To be held in November, the Australian Defence Industry Awards – supported by principal partner KBR – will again showcase the depth of talent in Australia’s defence industry while affirming its essential role in supporting national security, resilience and driving innovation, economic growth and workforce development.

    Recognising leading professionals and organisations, the awards will cover 30+ categories focusing on all facets of the defence industry.

    Categories cover primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

    Click here for more information.

     

    OPPORTUNITIES


    AIDN NATIONAL 3RD QUARTER NEWSLETTER CLOSING SOON FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The AIDN National Newsletter is distributed to over 1,000 defence related companies in Australia, national and international associations and key decision makers. It is also featured on our AIDN National website and LinkedIn page, and also the websites and LinkedIn pages of our Chapters.

    Submissions and payment must be received by 5pm on the 31st of August so if you intend on advertising in this newsletter, please do not wait until the 31st, advise earlier so we can send you the invoice and payment can be made prior to the close out on the 31st of August. 

    Members may choose to pay for an advertisement space and/or article space. Please note we are unable to provide a combined article and advertisement space and members will be required to pay for this as separate items.

    Please contact the AIDN National Executive Officer at administration@aidn.org.au to advise of interest (and sizing) and we will send you an invoice.

    The newsletter will be published in September 2020.

    Prices and sizing:

    • 1/4 page: $185+GST (DL sized portrait to be submitted in PDF with no bleed or crop marks). Article word lengths: 1/4 page with image 150 words, 1/4 page with no image 300 words (articles to be submitted in Word document).
    • 1/2 page: $250+GST (A5 sized landscape to be submitted in PDF with no bleed or crop marks). Article word lengths: 1/2 page with image 350 words, 1/2 page with no image 550 words (articles to be submitted in Word document).
    • Full page: $300+GST (A4 sized portrait to be submitted in PDF with no bleed or crop marks). Article word lengths: Full page with no images 1000 words, Full page with 1 image 800 words, Full page with 2 images 600 words (articles to be submitted in Word document).

    Click below to see the 1st and 2nd Quarter newsletters.

    1st Q 2020 AIDN National Newseltter.pdf

    AIDN Newsletter National 2nd Quarter Newsletter 2020.pdf

     

    AIRBUS WEBINAR

    Within the Australia Pacific region, Airbus is one the most well-known suppliers of advanced helicopter solutions and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to both Defence and Civil clients.  Building upon this heritage, Airbus is seeking to grow its space portfolio in Australia and New Zealand by integrating the capability and skill of local industry.   Airbus acknowledges the strategic importance of Australian Industry Capability, and is committed to ensuring Australian companies and academia have the opportunity to partner in meaningful ways with the largest space company in Europe and one of the world’s leading communication satellite companies.

    During this presentation to AIDN members, Airbus will outline its current pursuits, with particular focus on JP9102.  This Defence project is also known as the Australia Defence SATCOM System (ASDSS).  The Commonwealth’s RFT is due to be released later this year, with responses due in second quarter of 2021.

    You will be introduced to key Airbus representatives and given a high-level overview of the project and technology areas in which Airbus is seeking expressions of interest. 

    Meet the Presenters

    Cathy Luck - Airbus Australia Pacific, Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Commercial Manager  

    Martin Rowse - Airbus Defence and Space, Campaign Lead JP9102 and Key Account Manager for Space, Australia

    Scott White - Airbus Australia Pacific, Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Industry and Innovation Manager   

    Anne Combes - Airbus Defence and Space, Procurement

    DATE: Tuesday 1 September 2020

    TIME: 6:00pm AEST (5:30pm NT/SA time, 4:00pm WA time)

    REGISTER HERE. PASSWORD IS Airbus01

     

    AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE EXPORT OFFICE

    In partnership with Marketing Entourage, the Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) has developed a five week online pitch training course to support Australian defence industry companies looking to better promote their capabilities. The program is specifically designed to improve the chances of export success for Australian defence industry companies engaging with foreign military and supply chain companies such as international primes. The training is delivered through a series of webinars, online modules and one-to-one pitch practice sessions. Companies will be provided with the opportunity to have their pitch reviewed by people in highly experienced Defence and prime acquisition.

    The online pitch training course is fully subsidised by the ADEO. We hope to help all companies in the Australian defence industry, although companies who have who have recently participated in an industry delegation with TDA will receive priority for the first cohorts. There will be several cohorts across the financial year, commencing 7 September 2020, with around 20-30 companies in each. We anticipate that it will take around 2-4 hours per week to complete the course, and businesses can have as many people as they see fit complete it together under one registration.

    Click here to find out more.

     

    NSC WEBINAR - CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NAVAL SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY

    Join us for a free 60-minute webinar as we take you on a shipbuilding journey, where you will find out all about the College, exciting naval shipbuilding projects, and how we can set you on your path to a diverse, challenging and long-term career path. Register now to avoid missing out.

    Date: 2 September2020

    Time: 11:00am-12:00pm ACST

    Register here.

     

    WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING BREAKFASTS QUEENSLAND

    The manufacturing sector is vital to growing and diversifying Queensland’s economy and creating the jobs of the future. Attracting highly skilled women into the sector will be increasingly important to its success. Gender diversity in the workforce drives innovation and idea generation.

    We invite you to join us for our third year of Women in Manufacturing celebrations. We will be discussing Queensland manufacturers’ ability to innovate and the importance for women to become a part of the new highly skilled occupations that are required for the future, and how to encourage
    and support new entrants into this evolving sector.

    IPSWICH

    Date: 1 September 2020

    Register here.

    CAIRNS

    Date: 3 September 2020

    Register here.

     

    INVITATION FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE SALES CATALOGUE 

    On 10 August 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced that the submission process has now opened for consideration and inclusion for the 2021 Australian Defence Sales Catalogue. The Minister’s announcement can be viewed here.

    The submission period, which has opened approximately 6 weeks earlier than in previous years and will remain open for a full two months, closing  2359pm AEST 27 September 2020. We will advise applicants of the outcome by end of January 2021.  Details for the 2021 submission process (and current Catalogue) can be found on the Australian Military Sales webpage  here. 

    Any company already featured in the 2020 Catalogue must reapply, as spaces will be limited, however the application process has been simplified so that those companies (re-applying) now need only click on a ‘reassess 2020 catalogue application’ should they have no changes from the previous year and then submit. This will mean the form can be completed in under 2 minutes.  Any company re-applying for the 2021 Catalogue that requires content changes will need to complete the submission form in full (roughly 45 minutes).

    Space in the 2021 Catalogue will again be limited and late applications will not be accepted.

     




  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 3:56 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

    TENDERS

    Click here to view the latest tenders this week.

    AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW ARTICLE

    First 90pc, then 60pc, French still won't commit to local sub parts written by Andrew Tillett with comments from AIDN CEO Brent Clark. View this article here.

    AIDN YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD

    Driven and talented young people are the key to the future of the defence support industry. Since 2008, AIDN has conducted the Young Achiever Award (YAA) to recognise individuals who may be future industry leaders. The award is held at the Chapter level, and each Chapter winner will compete for the National award.

    WHO CAN ENTER THE AWARD?

    The Award is open to all members of defence support industry aged under 30 years, as of 1st January 2020. Applicants need to provide contact details of two references, one of which must be employed by a current financial member of an AIDN Chapter.

    WHY SHOULD I ENTER?

    Winning the AIDN Young Achiever Award recognises your efforts, and demonstrates your achievements and your potential to your colleagues, clients and future employers. The winner of the AIDN National Young Achiever Award, through the support of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and Department of Defence will secure a place on the 2022 Defence Industry Study Course (DISC).

    HOW TO APPLY

    To apply go to the AIDN National website here for your State/Territory application form.

    Entries close on the 16th of October at 5pm AEST.

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE INTRODUCES NEW SECURITY PROTOCOLS FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

    Defence has introduced new security protocols to ensure that information generated or exchanged as part of a collaborative research program is properly assessed for its sensitivity and security classification, and protected in accordance with Defence policy.

    These protocols are outlined in the Defence Research Collaboration Security Framework (DRCSF).

    Under the DRCSF, depending on the sensitivity or security classification of the research collaboration, collaborators with Defence may be required to:

    Agree to implement specific security arrangements required by Defence;

    Achieve and maintain a specified level of membership of the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) and;

    Ensure that personnel participating in the collaborative research program have a specified level of security clearance, where required.

    Currently the DRCSF applies to collaborative research activities with the Defence Science and Technology Group, but is being progressively extended to other Defence groups and services.

    For more information please visit the Defence Research Collaboration Security Framework web page.

    CYBER SECURITY PROTECTION SMALL BUSINES GUIDE

    The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber-attacks and disruptions during COVID-19.

    A guide has been developed to help small and micro businesses adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document will help businesses with simple and actionable advice in order to both identify common and emerging cyber threats and develop resilient business practices to protect themselves.

    Broader COVID-19-related cyber security advice is available online.

    DEFENCE CONNECT AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY AWARDS 2020 OPEN

    Defence Connect’s Australian Defence Industry Awards is back for 2020 with an amazing evening of recognition celebrating Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry, with submissions now open.

    To be held in November, the Australian Defence Industry Awards – supported by principal partner KBR – will again showcase the depth of talent in Australia’s defence industry while affirming its essential role in supporting national security, resilience and driving innovation, economic growth and workforce development.

    Recognising leading professionals and organisations, the awards will cover 30+ categories focusing on all facets of the defence industry.

    Categories cover primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

    OPPORTUNITIES

    AIDN NATIONAL 3RD QUARTER NEWSLETTER NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The AIDN National Newsletter is distributed to over 1,000 defence related companies in Australia, national and international associations and key decision makers. It is also featured on our AIDN National website and LinkedIn page, and also the websites and LinkedIn pages of our Chapters.

    Submissions and payment must be received by 5pm on the 31st of August so if you intend on advertising in this newsletter, please do not wait until the 31st, advise earlier so we can send you the invoice and payment can be made prior to the close out on the 31st of August.

    Members may choose to pay for an advertisement space and/or article space. Please note we are unable to provide a combined article and advertisement space and members will be required to pay for this as separate items.

    Please contact the AIDN National Executive Officer at administration@aidn.org.au to advise of interest (and sizing) and we will send you an invoice.

    The newsletter will be published in September 2020.

    Click below to see the 1st and 2nd Quarter newsletters.

    1st Q 2020 AIDN National Newseltter.pdf

    AIDN Newsletter National 2nd Quarter Newsletter 2020.pdf

    CALL TO AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES TO GET ON BOARD THE HUNTER CLASS FRIGATE PROGRAM

    BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, is hosting a virtual update for industry on the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

    The webinar will be held on Friday, 21 August 2020, and focus on Continuous Naval Shipbuilding, Australian Industry Capability, the transition of the Type 26 reference ship design capability to Australia, and the certification process conducted by Lloyd’s Register.

    Speakers will include representatives of ASC Shipbuilding, Lloyd’s Register and the Department of Defence.

    The Hunter program will deliver nine of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, and is the largest surface ship program in the nation’s defence history.

    To participate in the webinar, your business need to have registered interest in Hunter through the Industry Capability Network Gateway – www.icn.org.au.

    WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING BREAKFASTS QUEENSLAND

    The manufacturing sector is vital to growing and diversifying Queensland’s economy and creating the jobs of the future. Attracting highly skilled women into the sector will be increasingly important to its success. Gender diversity in the workforce drives innovation and idea generation.

    We invite you to join us for our third year of Women in Manufacturing celebrations. We will be discussing Queensland manufacturers’ ability to innovate and the importance for women to become a part of the new highly skilled occupations that are required for the future, and how to encourage

    and support new entrants into this evolving sector.

    BUNDABERG

    Date: 20 August 2020

    Register here.

    SUNSHINE COAST

    Date: 27 August 2020

    Register here.

    IPSWICH

    Date: 1 September 2020

    Register here.

    CAIRNS

    Date: 3 September 2020

    Register here.

    INVITATION FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE SALES CATALOGUE

    On 10 August 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced that the submission process has now opened for consideration and inclusion for the 2021 Australian Defence Sales Catalogue. The Minister’s announcement can be viewed here.

    The submission period, which has opened approximately 6 weeks earlier than in previous years and will remain open for a full two months, closing 2359pm AEST 27 September 2020. We will advise applicants of the outcome by end of January 2021. Details for the 2021 submission process (and current Catalogue) can be found on the Australian Military Sales webpage here.

    Any company already featured in the 2020 Catalogue must reapply, as spaces will be limited, however the application process has been simplified so that those companies (re-applying) now need only click on a ‘reassess 2020 catalogue application’ should they have no changes from the previous year and then submit. This will mean the form can be completed in under 2 minutes. Any company re-applying for the 2021 Catalogue that requires content changes will need to complete the submission form in full (roughly 45 minutes).

    Space in the 2021 Catalogue will again be limited and late applications will not be accepted.

    UK FREE TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIA

    Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 17 June 2020. Australia is seeking an ambitious and comprehensive FTA with the UK that drives increased trade, two-way investment, economic growth and job creation.

    Join this digital seminar and hear from the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Australia’s Chief Negotiator and Austrade as they discuss the progress of the agreement and the potential opportunities. Also hear from two Australian exporters on the benefits of Australia’s FTAs and the opportunities for Australian goods and services in the United Kingdom.

    Visit the Free Trade Agreements seminars page to learn more about the series and listen to past recordings.

    Date: 19 August 2020

    Time: 4pm-5pm AEST

    Register here.

    CDIC DEFENCE BUSINESS WORKSHOP EXMOUTH, WA

    Registrations are now open for the Defence Business Workshop being held in Exmouth, WA. Hear from Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP about opportunities in the defence industry.

    Date: 22 September 2020

    Time: 10am-3pm

    Cost: Free

    Venue: Ningaloo Centre, WA

    Find out more information here.

    TDA EOI'S OPEN FOR CONNECT (EUROSATORY)

    TDA have re-opened applications for CONNECT (Eurosatory). Applications can be submitted via the ADEO page at ICN https://adeo.icn.org.au

    CONNECT (Eurosatory) - virtual tradeshow – 14-15 September 2020 – Closing Date: 17 August 2020.

    LINKEDIN – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a good news story about your business or employees? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured on our AIDN National (or AIDN Chapter) LinkedIn page! We love hearing about what our members are up to and would love to share your good news stories!

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.

    WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a media release about your organisation? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured in this weekly email update!

    INTERNATIONAL SPACE PITCH DAY

    A joint opportunity between UK MoD and US DoD - International Space Pitch Day which will take place as part of the Defence Space 2020 Conference in London 17-18 November 2020.

    Summary of the opportunity

    International Space Pitch Day is being organised on behalf of the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the UK MoD and US DoD. The competition will be managed by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in the UK and Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in the US with support from Starburst Accelerator (Starburst). £800k (approximately AUD$1.4M) is available to fund up to 15 proposals, with a maximum value of £53k (approximately $67k) each. This competition will focus on ‘space’ with six (6) unique challenge areas that are detailed on their website. This competition is open to companies from across the globe and we would encourage you to apply.

    Deadlines:

    Supplier Registration/Participation Questionnaire Deadline: 21:00 AEST Wednesday 19 August 2020

    Deadline for proposals submissions: 21:00 AEST Wednesday 2 September 2020 - via the DASA submission service, for which you will be required to register here.

    Notification of down-selected companies: 21 October 2020

    Webinars

    To provide further information on this opportunity, the organisers have planned a series of 6 webinars to breakdown the challenges and issues surrounding working with both the US and UK Defence Departments. These Webinars began on July 29th and will on be ongoing until 13 August 2020. You can find out more about these Webinars and watch the sessions that have already been concluded by registering here.

    To further assist, Austrade is exploring hosting its own webinar on Friday 14 August with US officials to provide additional information and a Q&A opportunity for Australian companies. If you would be interested in participating in such a session, please let us know by e-mailing defence@austrade.gov.au.

    Background

    The US Air Force, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has brought together a coalition of UK and US partners to pilot the first Allied Defence Accelerator and International Space Pitch Day. The Accelerator and Pitch Day model represents an innovative way of working, ensuring that UK and US Defence are able to keep up with the rapid pace of commercial technology development. We aim to connect world-class space innovation to military end-users at pace, supported by business and commercialisation training referred to as the Allied Defence Accelerator, provided by the internationally-recognised accelerator Starburst Aerospace.

    On behalf of the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the UK MOD and US DoD, DASA is looking for potential defence solutions that are able to keep pace with the rapid technological change seen in the commercial sector. This competition is therefore focussed on technologies that have proven commercial value, with potential to be applied to military space capability problems.Your solution may therefore be an adaptation of an existing non-defence solution.

    BAE GLOBAL ACCESS PROGRAM (GAP)

    BAE SYSTEMS Global Access Program (GAP) has unveiled its new Industry Capability Network (ICN) portal for Australian SMEs, which now offers further training opportunities and masterclasses

    Suppliers across Australia are encouraged to use this BAESystemsGAP.icn.org.au to register their interest in participating in defence projects and to highlight their unique capabilities, credibility and export ambitions.

    For the BAE Land 4503 – Team Zulu Viper ARH replacement click here.

    ASC SUPPLIER AND INNOVATION PORTAL

    Australian businesses interested in supporting ASC to deliver and sustain sovereign capability on submarine platforms are invited to submit an Expression of Interest through the Industry Capability Network.

    Find out more here.

    AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW NATIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT (VIRTUAL)

    What should Australia do to protect its safety and interests in national security, and who should we align with? What opportunities can we get behind?

    As Australia navigates the current security threats posed by COVID-19, the need for open dialogue around what constitutes effective management of these challenges has never been more integral.

    Join us for this landmark conversation at the virtually delivered AFR National Security Summit on 22 October 2020, and add to the discourse on the policy, actions and challenges that will mould our future.

    For more information click here.

    MEDIA RELEASES

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC – Morrison Government invests in new anti-submarine training capability is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Morrison Government boosts investment in Army's autonomous vehicle fleet is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP – Boosting Australia's cyber reslience is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC – New agreements signed to enhance Growler capability is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP and Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch MP – Army regional support craft for Far North Queensland is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC – Stronger cyber defences for deployed ADF networks is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Australian company awarded support contract for Navy's new combat helicopters is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – HMAS Watson works to reap local industry benefits is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Defence offers new opportunities for industry to support ADF is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – New plan paves the way to Defence work for Australian small businesses is available here.

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY

    EVENTS

    August 2020

    21 August - BAE/ASC Virtual Update Hunter Class Frigate Program

    September 2020

    14 - 15 September - CONNECT (Eurosatory), Virtual Conference

    October 2020

    13 October - Defence Connect Budget Lunch - Canberra ACT

    13 – 14 October - 2020 ANI Goldrick Seminar, Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea, Canberra ACT

    20 - 23 October - Euronaval, Paris France

    22 October - Australian Financial Review National Security Summit, Online

    23 October – ADM Women in Defence Awards – Canberra ACT

    28 October – North Australia Defence Summit, Darwin NT

    November 2020

    10 – 13 November MilCIS – VIRTUAL

    17 – 18 November 10th Biennial SIA Conference 2020, Canberra ACT

    25 November 10th Australian Space Forum – Adelaide SA

    26 November Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards 2020 – Venue TBA

    December 2020

    1 – 3 December – TechNet Cyber 2020, Baltimore, USA

    2 December – ADM Space Summit, Canberra, ACT

    8 – 10 December – Undersea Defence Technology 2020, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    2021

    February 2021

    3 February – ADM Congress, Canberra, ACT

    23 February – ADM Defence Estate and Base Services Summit, Canberra ACT

    May 2021

    11 – 14 May – National Manufacturing Week, Melbourne VIC

    June 2021

    1-3 June - Land Forces – Brisbane QLD (date change from 1-3 September 2020)

    15 – 17 June - Rotortech 2020 Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Systems – Brisbane QLD

    November 2021

    23-28 November - Avalon Airshow, Melbourne VIC (date changed from February 2021)

    2022

    May 2022

    Indo Pacific (specific dates yet to be announced)


  • Thursday, July 09, 2020 1:32 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

    AIDN NATIONAL 2ND QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2020

    AIDN has released it’s 2nd Quarter Newsletter for 2020. Click here to view the newsletter.

    ICN DEFENCE LISTINGS

    AIDN has attached the list of open Defence listings from ICN for easier access for members.

    2018-2019 DEFENCE INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION PROGRAMS ANNUAL REPORT

    Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced the release of the 2018-19 Defence Industry and Innovation Programs Annual Report. The paper drills down into the progress of the government’s three key innovation programs, covering some $120 million earmarked for research contracts.

    See the report here.

    LAUNCH OF DEFENCE STRATEGY UPDATE AND FORCE STRUCTURE PLAN

    The 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan, released on 1 July 2020, outline a new strategy for Defence and the capability investments to deliver it.

    The Strategic Update sets out the challenges in Australia’s strategic environment and their implications for Defence planning. It provides a new strategic policy framework to ensure Australia is able – and is understood as willing – to deploy military power to shape our environment, deter actions against our interests and, when required, respond with military force.

    AIDN is very supportive of the government’s significant announcement today. We look forward to working closely with the government, Defence and the Primes to ensure that Australian industry has a significant role to play in this important national endeavour.

    Click here to view the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and click here to view the 2020 Force Structure Plan.

    ADM – NEWS ARTICLE BY AIDN NATIONAL CEO BRENT CLARK

    The importance of early engagement with Australian companies– read the attached article by AIDN National CEO Brent Clark.

    ROTORTECH DATE CHANGE

    As the organiser of the ROTORTECH Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Exposition, AMDA Foundation Limited has continuously monitored the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Australian domestic and international travel, in order to assess whether, on its current dates from 14 to 16 October 2020, ROTORTECH will remain readily accessible to exhibitors, participants and stakeholders from Australia and around the world.

    Unfortunately, the recent course of COVID-related travel constraints has suggested that the prospect of internal domestic border closures and the continuation of international travel restrictions may adversely affect ease of travel to Brisbane in October. The ongoing implications of the pandemic over the next few months remain unpredictable and we are unable to be reasonably confident that travel constraints will not continue to apply.

    To avoid any continuing uncertainty for exhibitors, participants and industry, we have therefore decided to defer ROTORTECH until mid-next year, by which time the prospect of border restrictions and travel constraints should, hopefully, have passed.

    The new dates for ROTORTECH will be Tuesday 15 June to Thursday 17 June 2021. The venue, the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane, is unchanged.

    DEFENCE CONNECT AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY AWARDS 2020 OPEN

    Defence Connect’s Australian Defence Industry Awards is back for 2020 with an amazing evening of recognition celebrating Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry, with submissions now open.

    To be held in November, the Australian Defence Industry Awards – supported by principal partner KBR – will again showcase the depth of talent in Australia’s defence industry while affirming its essential role in supporting national security, resilience and driving innovation, economic growth and workforce development.

    Recognising leading professionals and organisations, the awards will cover 30+ categories focusing on all facets of the defence industry.

    Categories cover primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

    Click here for more information.

    CYBER SECURITY PROTECTION SMALL BUSINES GUIDE

    The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber-attacks and disruptions during COVID-19.

    A guide has been developed to help small and micro businesses adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document will help businesses with simple and actionable advice in order to both identify common and emerging cyber threats and develop resilient business practices to protect themselves.

    Broader COVID-19-related cyber security advice is available online.

    AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIA – DISCOUNT FOR AIDN MEMBERS

    The Australian Women's Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

    An unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent, keynote speakers include Nova Peris, Ita Buttrose, Libby Trickett, Ann Sherry, Catherine Fox, Tammie Matson, Sallyanne Atkinson and many, many more.

    Due to COVID-19, some of these events will be delivered as both a one-day online event (over the next few months) and a one-day face-to-face networking session (much later in the year). With the health of our event delegates, speakers and sponsors our number one priority, we are adhering to the latest advice from authorities and may convert more of these events into a similar format as the situation unfolds.

    An attendance discount of 25% is currently available to attend by entering code ANSY20 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). The 25% subsidy is in addition to any early-bird discounts that are already in place. A bonus webinar titled Leading Through Adversity Together is also included for new registrants.

    For more information and to book: www.wla.edu.au/symposium

    OPPORTUNITIES

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIAN SUPPLIERS IN FUTURE SUBMARINE COMABAT SYSTEM PROGRAM

    Australian suppliers who would like to participate in the Lockheed Martin Future Submarine Combat System Program can register their interest on the Industry Capability Network (ICN).

    Lockheed Martin is looking for companies to participate in a range of systems and subsystems including:

    combat system infrastructure and architecture

    on-board systems training

    navigation sensors and processing

    underwater communications

    acoustic sensors and processing

    electronic warfare (EW)/electronic support measures (ESM)/visual sensors and processing

    Australian tactical software applications

    external and internal communications and sensors

    combat system support and engineering service

    Australian suppliers can register their interest on or before close of business on 1 June 2022.

    Lockheed Martin has developed a Research and Development (R&D) program to support and respond to short and long term capability and technology needs for the Future Submarine Combat System Program.

    The R&D program aims to:

    drive capability over the life of the Future Submarine Combat System Program

    meet the Future Submarine Combat System Program’s operational needs throughout its lifecycle

    support the establishment of Australian industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine Combat System Program.

    Opportunities under the R&D program close on 13 July 2020.

    CDIC WEBINAR: STEPPING INTO THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY

    On 23 July, the CDIC will release an online presentation relevant to any Australian business seeking to understand the defence industry. The session will provide comprehensive and practical introduction for SMEs looking to enter the defence industry, covering a number of topics including innovation in the defence industry, tendering and supply chains.

    The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the CDIC Defence Industry Facilitation team.

    Given the high demand for CDIC online events, please register early here.

    AMC STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND LAND USE PLAN (SILUP)

    AMC would like to invite AIDN members to participate in the upcoming stakeholder consultation forums for the AMC Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan (SILUP).

    In these forums we will run through the purpose of the AMC SILUP, provide an overview of the development options, outline the next steps and answer any questions you might have. The forums will be held online via Microsoft Teams at the following dates and times:

    AMC Businesses – 1pm to 2pm on Monday 13 July 2020

    Community – 5pm to 6pm on Wednesday 15 July 2020

    AMC Businesses – 1pm to 2pm on Friday 17 July 2020

    The intention is that the business forums are for companies located within the AMC, however those outside can also participate. Businesses can also participate in the community forums if they wish, whatever works for you.

    To register via email please select a suitable session above. Additionally, limited one-on-one meetings are available on request. Email amcconsult@advisian.com for further information.

    NAVAL SHIPBUILDING COLLEGE WEBINAR SERIES

    Complex Engineering

    The large scale and complex naval projects require complex engineering, what are the roles and opportunities within the engineering discipline (with Engineers Australia).

    Date: 15 July

    Time: TBA

    Register here.

    AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE EXPORT OFFICE

    Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) is adapting to the COVID-19 period by looking at ways to broaden their support to the Australian defence industry. With many of the major international tradeshows moving to an online format, the ADEO is focussing on specific support for online tradeshows.

    The ADEO is developing a pitch-training package of five units to support companies in their preparation for online tradeshows. This training will include defence industry-relevant content with one to one coaching to assist companies perfect their business pitch. The ADEO will prioritise companies that are signed up for virtual tradeshows with Team Defence Australia, but intends to make it accessible to all Australian defence industry companies over time.

    To see the list of upcoming tradeshows you can go to ICN - ADEO page here and view the ADEO Tradeshow Plan. Applications for virtual Farnborough Airshow are closed, however applications for “Connect” Eurosatory on 14-15 September, will be open in the next week or two. Queries can be directed to Team Defence Australia at teamdefence.australia@defence.gov.au .

    AFWERX FUSION 2020

    AFWERX is an innovation program of the United States Air Force who bring together USAF personnel and industry to develop innovative solutions to problems across areas as diverse as battlefield communications, pilot training, space, and family wellbeing. AFWERX can provide an effective way to propose innovative solutions and get feedback quickly, encounter end-users and partners, receive funding and test market appetite.

    AFWERX Fusion 2020 is their annual event – this year’s event has gone virtual, and will be held from July 28-30. This year’s event is centred around the Base of the Future, one of the top focus areas of the Air Force and across the Department of Defense (DoD). Approximately 300+ teams will present their innovative solutions as part of an open showcase to attendees, including top Air Force leadership and other military decision-makers and operators. Concurrently, there will be live demos, keynote speakers, workshops, and panel discussions.

    If you are interested in learning about AFWERX, or the US more broadly we’d strongly suggest attending this event. While some AFWERX challenges are open to US-businesses only, this event is open to all and is free to attend. For more information and to register click here. Note: the timing of the event for Australia is mostly overnight – however AFWERX will be posting recordings of sessions on their website.

    DIGITAL ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SERIES 2020

    Virtual Program: Aus-EU Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities

    In lieu of the delegation to Hannover Messe 2020, Austrade, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and State Partners invite you to join our free Digital Advanced Manufacturing Series.

    This Series will help you gain market insights into Europe, and learn about innovative manufacturing solutions in the present economic climate.

    Running from 2-30 July, this is your opportunity to hear from international OEMs such as Airbus and Arena 2036, attend masterclasses with the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, and participate in Q&As, panel discussions and many more sessions.

    Upcoming schedule:

    Date TBC: Innovative Manufacturing CRC FutureMap Masterclass.

    Visit the event page now to learn more and register your interest.

    CDID WEBINAR 1: GRANT APPLICATIONS

    Missed the CDIC grant applications webinar? You can view it here.

    CDIC WEBINAR 2: GROWING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE DEFENCE MARKETPLACE

    This 45min webinar presentation followed by Q&A session will provide a clear overview of the introduction, sustainment, upgrade and replacement of products and services by Defence.

    The presentation will then deep dive into the relevant access points for SMEs seeking to grow their business in the Defence Marketplace.

    Date: Tuesday 14 July 2020

    Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST

    Register here.

    CDIC WEBINAR 3: DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL TENDER

    This 45min webinar presentation followed by Q&A session will provide a clear overview of the Austender process, along with the forthcoming procurement requirements of Defence.

    The presentation will then deep dive into the what a successful tender looks like and what pitfalls to avoid.

    Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020

    Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST

    Register here.

    LINKEDIN – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a good news story about your business or employees? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured on our AIDN National (or AIDN Chapter) LinkedIn page! We love hearing about what our members are up to and would love to share your good news stories!

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.

    WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a media release about your organisation? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured in this weekly email update!

    MEDIA RELEASES

    A joint media release from the Prime Minister, the Hon Scot Morrison MP and the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC – New weapons boost Army capability and secure jobs is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, The Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price MP and Senator for Victoria, Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson – Government to acquire additional Protected Mobile Fires is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Morrison Government invests in upgrade of Headquarters Joint Operations Command to support increase in personnel is available here.

    A joint media release from the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina, the Hon Michael McCormack MP and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Upgrades for Wagga Defence establishments is available here.

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Assistant Defence Minister & Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP – South Pacific Defence Ministers reflect on security impacts of COVID-19 is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC– Government invests in deepening national Defence and security debate is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Western Australian defence industry helping build Army vehicles is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – New contract creates Newcastle Defence jobs is available here.

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Growing defence industry through innovation is available here.

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

    October 2020

    13 – 14 October - 2020 ANI Goldrick Seminar, Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea, Canberra ACT

    23 October – ADM Women in Defence Awards – Canberra ACT

    28 October – North Australia Defence Summit, Darwin NT

    November 2020

    10 – 12 November MilCIS – VIRTUAL

    17 – 18 November 10th Biennial SIA Conference 2020, Canberra ACT

    25 November 10th Australian Space Forum – Adelaide SA

    26 November Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards 2020 – Venue TBA

    December 2020

    1 – 3 December – TechNet Cyber 2020, Baltimore, USA

    2 December – ADM Space Summit, Canberra, ACT

    8 – 10 December – Undersea Defence Technology 2020, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    2021

    February 2021

    3 February – ADM Congress, Canberra, ACT

    23 February – ADM Defence Estate and Base Services Summit, Canberra ACT

    May 2021

    11 – 14 May – National Manufacturing Week, Melbourne VIC

    June 2021

    1-3 June - Land Forces – Brisbane QLD (date change from 1-3 September 2020)

    15 – 17 June - Rotortech 2020 Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Systems – Brisbane QLD

    November 2021

    23-28 November - Avalon Airshow, Melbourne VIC (date changed from February 2021)

    2022

    May 2022

    Indo Pacific (specific dates yet to be announced)


  • Monday, June 29, 2020 6:55 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

     

    ICN DEFENCE LISTINGS

     

    AIDN has attached the list of open Defence listings from ICN for easier access for members.

     

     

    CDIC GRANT FUNDING WEBINAR RECORDING

     

    The CDIC have released the Grant Application webinar video (and downloadable fact sheet and Top 10 Question list).

     

    To view the Grant Application webinar recording click here.

     

    For further information, click here.

     

     

    ASMTI GREENVALE PROJECT RECORDING

     

    If you missed the ASMTI Greenvale Project webinar, click here to view the recording.

     

     

    10th AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORUM

     

    The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) has announced the date of the 10th Australian Space Forum will be held on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia.

     

    Companies are invited to express their interest in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the event via email to spaceoffice@sa.gov.au .

     

     

    DEFENCE CONNECT AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY AWARDS 2020 OPEN

     

    Defence Connect’s Australian Defence Industry Awards is back for 2020 with an amazing evening of recognition celebrating Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry, with submissions now open.

     

    To be held in November, the Australian Defence Industry Awards – supported by principal partner KBR – will again showcase the depth of talent in Australia’s defence industry while affirming its essential role in supporting national security, resilience and driving innovation, economic growth and workforce development.

     

    Recognising leading professionals and organisations, the awards will cover 30+ categories focusing on all facets of the defence industry.

     

    Categories cover primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

     

    Click here for more information.

     

     

    CYBER SECURITY PROTECTION SMALL BUSINES GUIDE

     

    The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber-attacks and disruptions during COVID-19.

    guide has been developed to help small and micro businesses adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document will help businesses with simple and actionable advice in order to both identify common and emerging cyber threats and develop resilient business practices to protect themselves.

    Broader COVID-19-related cyber security advice is available online.

     

     

    AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIA – DISCOUNT FOR AIDN MEMBERS

     

    The Australian Women's Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

     

    An unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent, keynote speakers include Nova Peris, Ita Buttrose, Libby Trickett, Ann Sherry, Catherine Fox, Tammie Matson, Sallyanne Atkinson and many, many more.

     

    Due to COVID-19, some of these events will be delivered as both a one-day online event (over the next few months) and a one-day face-to-face networking session (much later in the year). With the health of our event delegates, speakers and sponsors our number one priority, we are adhering to the latest advice from authorities and may convert more of these events into a similar format as the situation unfolds. 

     

    An attendance discount of 25% is currently available to attend by entering code ANSY20 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). The 25% subsidy is in addition to any early-bird discounts that are already in place. A bonus webinar titled Leading Through Adversity Together is also included for new registrants. 

     

    For more information and to book: www.wla.edu.au/symposium

     

     

    TEAM DEFENCE AUSTRALIA

    Team Defence Australia is changing how we receive applications.

    From May 2020, the Australian Defence Export Office will use Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway to receive applications for inclusion in Team Defence Australia (TDA) industry delegations to international defence tradeshows and missions.

    Applications are now available to join the Team Defence Australia industry delegation for the below international trade events. Applications can be submitted via the ADEO page at ICN https://adeo.icn.org.au.

    1. AUSA 2020 to be held in Washington, USA from 11 -14 October 2020 – Closing Date: 8 July 2020
    2. Euronaval 2020 be held in Paris, France from 19 - 23 October 2020 – Closing Date: 8 July 2020
    3. Vietnam International Defence Expo to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from  24  -27 October 2020  – Closing Date: 8 July 2020. More information shortly available at http://vietnamdefence.vdi.org.vn/, temporary information is available at http://vndefence.phongcachso.com/.

    Questions about the above tradeshows or the EOI process can be directed to teamdefence.australia@defence.gov.au

     

    OPPORTUNITIES

     

    ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WEBINAR

     

    Gain first-hand insights from manufacturing industry leaders.

     

    The Panel of distinguished speakers from industry and government will discuss how the industry can support each other during COVID-19.

     

    The Panel will share insights on:

    • COVID-19 impact on businesses and supply chains
    • contingency to remain competitive in changing environment
    • collaboration and supply chain opportunities
    • lessons learned and practical advice for SMEs to build resilience.

     

    The discussion will include a moderated Q&A session from participants.

     

    Date: 8 July

    Time: 11.00am-12.30pm AEST

    Register for the webinar here. See attached for further information.

     

     

    DIGITAL ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SERIES 2020

     

    Virtual Program: Aus-EU Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities

     

    In lieu of the delegation to Hannover Messe 2020, Austrade, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and State Partners invite you to join our free Digital Advanced Manufacturing Series.

    This Series will help you gain market insights into Europe, and learn about innovative manufacturing solutions in the present economic climate.

    Running from 2-30 July, this is your opportunity to hear from international OEMs such as Airbus and Arena 2036, attend masterclasses with the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, and participate in Q&As, panel discussions and many more sessions.

     

    Upcoming schedule:

     

    • 2nd July: Airbus Presentation + Q&A (5.00pm - 6.30pm AEST)
    • 7th July: Arena 2036 virtual tour + Q&A (5.00pm - 6.30pm AEST)
    • Date TBC: Innovative Manufacturing CRC FutureMap Masterclass.

     

    Visit the event page now to learn more and register your interest.

     

     

    EOI FOR AUSTRALIAN SUPPLIERS IN TACTICAL UNMANNED AERIAL PROGRAMS

     

    Textron Systems Australia has opportunities available for Australian suppliers for LAND129 Phase 3 and SEA 129 Phase 5 programs. Interested suppliers can register on the Industry Capability Network to access the opportunities.

     

    Expressions of Interest close 30 June 2020. Click here for more information.

     

     

    CDIC WEBINAR 2: GROWING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE DEFENCE MARKETPLACE

     

    This 45min webinar presentation followed by Q&A session will provide a clear overview of the introduction, sustainment, upgrade and replacement of products and services by Defence.

     

    The presentation will then deep dive into the relevant access points for SMEs seeking to grow their business in the Defence Marketplace.

     

    Date: Tuesday 14 July 2020

    Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST

    Register here.

     

     

    CDIC WEBINAR 3: DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL TENDER

     

    This 45min webinar presentation followed by Q&A session will provide a clear overview of the Austender process, along with the forthcoming procurement requirements of Defence.

     

    The presentation will then deep dive into the what a successful tender looks like and what pitfalls to avoid.

     

    Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020

    Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST

    Register here.

     

     

    LINKEDIN – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a good news story about your business or employees? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured on our AIDN National (or AIDN Chapter) LinkedIn page! We love hearing about what our members are up to and would love to share your good news stories!

     

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.

     

     

    WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE – CALL FOR CONTENT

     

    Have a media release about your organisation? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured in this weekly email update!

     

     

      

    MEDIA RELEASES

     

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC– Defence increases support to Victoria is available here.

     

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC– Strengthening Defence intelligenceis available here.

     

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Chasing more opportunities for Australian industry in Joint Strike Fighter Program is available here.

     

    A joint media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP  – Australian industry supporting New Zealand Air Force is available here.

     

    A media release from AMS Defence – Major win for sovereign integrator, is attached.

     

     

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

     

    September 2020

     

    October 2020

     

    November 2020

     

    December 2020

     

    2021

    February 2021

     

    June 2021

     

    November 2021

     

    2022

     

    May 2022


  • Friday, June 12, 2020 6:52 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

    PLAN GALILEO INFRASTRUCTURE REBUILD

     

    Plan Galileo delivers the capability to sustain the Royal Australian Navy's growing fleet to ensure it can fight and win at sea.

     

    The Royal Australian Navy is about to undertake a step-change in its capability and complexity thanks to the federal government's National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, which will fundamentally alter the way we go about naval acquisition. It will provide the nation with its greatest naval capability regeneration since the Second World War, as well as create and sustain a sovereign shipbuilding industry in Australia for generations to come.

     

    This regeneration of Australia's key naval capabilities is a complex, long-term national endeavour with sustainment shipyards around the country requiring investment to support our expanded fleet. Further planning and redevelopment will be needed and now is the ideal time to transform maritime sustainment.

     

    Plan Galileo sees sustainment as a whole-of-life concept, considering sustainment needs at the design stage of a vessel. It considers Capability Life Cycle Management from the outset as an underlying principle of continuous sustainment, underpinned by the need to support a seamless transition from acquisition to sustainment. It reworks our support solution to one that adopts a fleet view, which drives commonality across sustainment and minimises duplication across the maritime domain.

     

    To hear from Head Maritime Systems, RADM Wendy Malcolm, on the objectives of Plan Galileo click here.

     

    Plan Galileo focusses sustainment on Regional Maintenance Centres (RMCs), which are strategically located sustainment centres bringing together the Fleet Support Unit, primes and local small businesses and suppliers. The RMCs will have the capability to sustain multiple classes of RAN surface fleet units using in-place infrastructure and personnel, maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of Australia's naval sustainment workforce. Further information on the RMCs can be found here.

     

    Plan Galileo aims to achieve three key objectives by 2025:

     

    • Build a new approach to integrated Capability Life Cycle management.
    • Leverage new technologies and learning to improve productivity and promote increased levels of innovation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the maritime domain.
    • Generate the skilled workforce we need to meet this challenge.

     

    See attached for further information.

     

     

    DMTC COVID SAFE WORKPLACE

     

    DMTC n conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and the team from EGPlus Worldwide, have created a short video on how to keep your workplace safe post COVID.

     

     

    TEAM DEFENCE AUSTRALIA

    Team Defence Australia is changing how we receive applications.

    From May 2020, the Australian Defence Export Office will use Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway to receive applications for inclusion in Team Defence Australia (TDA) industry delegations to international defence tradeshows and missions.

     

    9th INDO DEFENCE EXPO & FORUM AND 7TH INDO AEROSPACE EXPO & FORUM CHANGES

    The 9th Indo Defence Expo & Forum and the 7th Indo Aerospace Expo & Forum previously scheduled for November this year have been deferred till April 2021.

    For further enquiries, please contact the event organiser, PT. NAPINDO MEDIA ASHATAMA at (62-21) 864 4756/85. Person in charge for international industry, Mrs. Erike Brigitha Molonda (erike@napindo.com).

     

    PACIFIC 2021

    Reflecting the increasing importance of the Indo Pacific region to the entire world, the PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition will become the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition from 2022. Initially, there will be a new timing. Instead of the previously planned PACIFIC dates in August 2021, INDO PACIFIC will now, in the wake of COVID 19, initially be held during May 2022. Specific dates will be advised later this year.

     

    LANDFORCES 2020 DEFERRED

    Land Forces 2020 has been deferred from 1-3 September 2020 to 1-3 June 2021. Read more here.

     

    AVALON AIRSHOW DEFERRED

    Avalon Airshow 2021 has been deferred from 23-26 February to 23-28 November 2021. Read more here.

     

     

    OPPORTUNITIES

     

    EOI FOR AUSTRALIAN SUPPLIERS IN TACTICAL UNMANNED AERIAL PROGRAMS

     

    Textron Systems Australia has opportunities available for Australian suppliers for LAND129 Phase 3 and SEA 129 Phase 5 programs. Interested suppliers can register on the Industry Capability Network to access the opportunities.

     

    Expressions of Interest close 30 June 2020. Click here for more information.

     

     

    CDIC WEBINAR 2: GROWING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE DEFENCE MARKETPLACE

     

    This 45min webinar presentation followed by Q&A session will provide a clear overview of the introduction, sustainment, upgrade and replacement of products and services by Defence.

     

    The presentation will then deep dive into the relevant access points for SMEs seeking to grow their business in the Defence Marketplace.

     

    Date: Tuesday 14 July 2020

    Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST

    Register here.

     

     

    CDIC WEBINAR 3: DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL TENDER
     

    This 45min webinar presentation followed by Q&A session will provide a clear overview of the Austender process, along with the forthcoming procurement requirements of Defence.

     

    The presentation will then deep dive into the what a successful tender looks like and what pitfalls to avoid.

     

    Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020

    Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST

    Register here.

     

     

    SPACE DOMAIN AWARENESS INDUSTRY BRIEFING
     

    The Wide Area & Space Surveillance Systems Program Office (WASS SPO) invites industry and academia to join us for a Space Domain Awareness Industry Briefing on June 23 2020 - 14:30 (ACST).

     

    WASS SPO will deliver a Space Domain Awareness capability to Defence. The approach is to deliver this capability  through acquiring a mix of SDA technologies with a focus on emerging technologies and capabilities to meet Defence’s changing operational needs.

     

    Defence is keen to undertake smart partnering with a wide range of stakeholders, including Defence industry companies.  The key to understanding the opportunities will be based on an accurate assessment of Australian Industry, achieved through early, regular and ongoing engagement.

     

    The purpose of this Industry Briefing is to provide Industry and academia with an update on the approach to acquire a Defence Space Domain Awareness capability and the proposed schedule for 2020/21.

     

    This event will be held via Webinar and registration to participate will be required.

     

    This event is free for Industry and academia, please register to attend via this link https://kapara.rdbk.com.au/landers/4b5633.html

     

     

    NAVAL GROUP
     

    Naval Group has released a set of new work packages for the Future Submarine Program. They are asking for expressions of Interest submissions by Wednesday 17th June 2020. Further information can be found on the ICN Gateway at  https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3915/naval-group-future-submarine

     

     

    AUSTRALIA-SINGAPORE MILITARY TRAINING INITIATIVE GREENVALE PROJECT UPDATE

     

    The webinar will provide an update on the ASMTI Greenvale project and an understanding of:

    • where opportunities exist for your business, in both early and main works stages
    • the project structure and what this means for your business
    • the defence contracts associated with these works, and how they apply to your business.

     

    Please RSVP by Monday 15 June to secure your place.

     

    Information session details

     

    Time: 9.00 am–10.30 am

    Date: Thursday 18 June 2020

    Location: webinar register here

     

    For more information, contact us on DJQ@dsdmip.qld.gov.au

     

     

     

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR DECISION MAKING INITIATIVE NOW OPEN

     

    The Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative (the Initiative) is a collaborative project between the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) expertise and capability in areas of significant importance to the Australian defence and national security community.

     

    The Initiative is a national program being delivered through the Defence Science Centre (DSC), the Defence Science Institute (DSI), the Defence Innovation Network (DIN) and the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) that aims to inspire solutions that will grow Australia’s AI capability and foster a national network focused on developing AI and ML technology.

     

    The Initiative will provide individuals or small teams with three-month project funding of up to $20,000 for pilot project proposals based on 23 AI and ML  Challenge questions.  Successful applicants could also have the opportunity to become part of a national network, or have project prototypes progressed through the Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre (DAIC), or defence and university sectors.

     

    Full details about the Initiative, including Challenge questions, eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and application form, are available on the Initiative website here.

     

    Further queries should be directed to info@defenceinnovationnetwork.com

     

     

    ONLINE COMPLEX PROJECT SIMULATION

     

    Learn how to manage a complex project in the safety of a virtual simulated environment. Activities include decision-making, stakeholder engagement and team management.

     

    The complex stimulation project provides a risk free experience of managing a complex project in a virtual environment. Virtual teams will compete to achieve the best project outcomes. Each team will also be given the chance to evaluate and compare decisions made by each team.

     

    The simulation enables participants to work on the construction of a football stadium. Here they will make critical decisions, engage with stakeholders, use effective communications skills and manage teams relevant to a complex project.

     

    Event type: Virtual (Virtual Teams of 3-4 people working in real time via video conference)

     

    Date: 18 June, 2020

     

    Time: 9am-5pm AEST

     

    Venue: Online

     

    Cost: Price incl. GST:

    • $330.00 Partner Members
    • $352.00 Individual Members
    • $374.00 Non-members

     

    Supported by: Department of Defence

     

    Find out more here.

     


     

     

      

    MEDIA RELEASES

     

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC – Australian made steel for Australian frigates is available here.

     

    A joint media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP  – LAND 400 Phase 3 Australian Industry Capability Roadshow a success is available here.

     

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – New Defence contract secures regional Victorian jobs is available here.

     

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Strengthening defence industry ties with the United Kingdom is available here.

     

    A media release from the Minister for the Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP – Defence contract creates new Gladstone jobs is available here.

     

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

     

    June 2020

     

    September 2020

     

    October 2020

     

    November 2020

     

    December 2020

     

    2021

    February 2021

     

    June 2021

     

    November 2021

     

    2022

     

    May 2022

     

     


  • Friday, June 05, 2020 11:07 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

    AIDN NEWSLETTER APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON

    The AIDN National Newsletter 2020 for the second quarter is closing soon for applications. Applications may include advertisements and news articles on your organisations.

    The AIDN National Newsletter is distributed to over 1,000 defence related companies in Australia, national and international associations and key decision makers.

    Please contact the AIDN National Coordinator at administration@aidn.org.au to discuss your advertising requirements.

    ¼ page: $185 + GST (DL sized, portrait with no bleed submitted in PDF)

     

    ½ page: $250 + GST (A5 sized, landscape with no bleed submitted in PDF)

    Full page: $300 + GST (A4 sized, portrait with no bleed submitted in PDF)

    Submissions and payment due by 11 June 2020.

    The AIDN National Newsletter will be sent to members in late June 2020.

    QINETIQ AUSTRALIA

    QinetiQ Australia has been awarded a contract to design and construct an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight test range (FTR) on behalf of the Queensland Government.

    The FTR will be located at Cloncurry Aerodrome in North West Queensland and will consist of access to a commercial quality runway, dedicated hangar and workshop, range control centre, range control system including a primary surveillance radar and other surveillance and tracking equipment, dedicated airspace and regulatory approvals for UAS FTR operations.

    The initial capability offered by the facility will support all weight classes of UAS for routine flying operations, demonstration activities and test and evaluation trials of moderate complexity. Future phases of development will support the full range of ground and flight test activity, providing an Australian home for the conduct of highly complex developmental test programs.

    Read more here.

     

    TEAM DEFENCE AUSTRALIA

    Team Defence Australia is changing how we receive applications.

    From May 2020, the Australian Defence Export Office will use Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway to receive applications for inclusion in Team Defence Australia (TDA) industry delegations to international defence tradeshows and missions.

    Please see attached letter from Team Defence Australia along with a flyer from ICN on how to create your ICN profile.

     

    NAVANTIA AUSTRALIA

    Navantia Australia announced the recent signing of a document outlining Principles for a strategic agreement between Defence and Navantia Australia, recognising Navantia Australia as a Design Authority for all classes of Navantia designed vessels, current and future, in-service with the Royal Australian Navy.

    The agreement was signed on-board HMAS Hobart in Sydney on Sunday, 17 May 2020 by VADM Michael Noonan, AO, Chief of Navy, and Navantia Australia Chairman, Mr Warren King.

    Under the Agreement Navantia Australia will work towards establishing a digital ship as a means to enhance the service level for each class of ship. This will ensure that the design integrity, configuration control, upgrades and modernisation of Navantia designed ships and supplied systems and equipment is fully supported in Australia.

    Read More Here 

    PACIFIC 2021

    Reflecting the increasing importance of the Indo Pacific region to the entire world, the PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition will become the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition from 2022. Initially, there will be a new timing. Instead of the previously planned PACIFIC dates in August 2021, INDO PACIFIC will now, in the wake of COVID 19, initially be held during May 2022. Specific dates will be advised later this year.

     

    LANDFORCES 2020 DEFERRED

    Land Forces 2020 has been deferred from 1-3 September 2020 to 1-3 June 2021. Read more here.

     

    AVALON AIRSHOW DEFERRED

    Avalon Airshow 2021 has been deferred from 23-26 February to 23-28 November 2021. Read more here.

    OPPORTUNITIES

     

    WEBINAR: DEFENCE SECTOR – JOBS, CAPABILITY AND COLLABORATION TO BUILD RESILIENCE

    You are invited to gain insights from the defence industry expert panel at the inaugural webinar on Defence Sector – Jobs, Capability and Collaboration to Build Resilience held on Wednesday 10 June 2020 from 1 – 3 pm (Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne time).

    This is the first of a five-part industry webinar series, the COVID-19: Industry Contingency and Resilience, to keep businesses connected and informed on supply chain opportunities and support to build resilience at a very trying time.

    The event invitation is attached.

    Register here: Defence Sector: Jobs, Capability and Collaboration Webinar

    For further information, please contact industrydevelopment@ipswich.qld.gov.au

    NAVAL GROUP

    Naval Group has released a set of new work packages for the Future Submarine Program. They are asking for expressions of Interest submissions by Wednesday 17th June 2020. Further information can be found on the ICN Gateway at  https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3915/naval-group-future-submarine

    AUSTRALIA-SINGAPORE MILITARY TRAINING INITIATIVE GREENVALE PROJECT UPDATE

    The webinar will provide an update on the ASMTI Greenvale project and an understanding of:

    where opportunities exist for your business, in both early and main works stages

    the project structure and what this means for your business

    the defence contracts associated with these works, and how they apply to your business.

     

    Please RSVP by Monday 15 June to secure your place.

     

    Information session details

    Time: 9.00 am–10.30 am

    Date: Thursday 18 June 2020

    Location: Webinar

    Register Here

    For more information, contact us on DJQ@dsdmip.qld.gov.au

     

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR DECISION MAKING INITIATIVE NOW OPEN

     

    The Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative (the Initiative) is a collaborative project between the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) expertise and capability in areas of significant importance to the Australian defence and national security community.

    The Initiative is a national program being delivered through the Defence Science Centre (DSC), the Defence Science Institute (DSI), the Defence Innovation Network (DIN) and the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) that aims to inspire solutions that will grow Australia’s AI capability and foster a national network focused on developing AI and ML technology.

    The Initiative will provide individuals or small teams with three-month project funding of up to $20,000 for pilot project proposals based on 23 AI and ML  Challenge questions.  Successful applicants could also have the opportunity to become part of a national network, or have project prototypes progressed through the Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre (DAIC), or defence and university sectors.

     

    Full details about the Initiative, including Challenge questions, eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and application form, are available on the Initiative website here.

     

    Further queries should be directed to info@defenceinnovationnetwork.com

     

     

    MILCIS CALL FOR PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS

     

    Papers

    At MilCIS, there are three types of non-commercial presentations: (refereed) Paper Sessions (click here for more information), Update Sessions (click here for more information), and Tutorial Sessions (click here for more information).

     

    Key Dates for papers

    Submission of papers for review - Tuesday 09 June 2020

    Notification and comments to authors of papers - Tuesday 28 July 2020

    Deadline for author registration - Friday 28 August 2020

    Deadline for submission of final paper - Friday 28 August 2020

     

    Presentations

    At MilCIS, there are three opportunities for presentations as a form of sponsorship:  Product Sessions (click here for more information), Breakfast Sessions, and Lunch Sessions. Contact MilCIS for further information here.

     

     

    LINKEDIN – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a good news story about your business or employees? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured on our AIDN National (or AIDN Chapter) LinkedIn page! We love hearing about what our members are up to and would love to share your good news stories!

     

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.

     

     

     

    MEDIA RELEASES

     

    A media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC – US Marines arrive in Darwin is available here.

     

     

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

     

     

    June 2020

    10 June Defence Sector – Jobs, Capability and Collaboration to Build Resilience webinar

    18 June Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Greenvale Project Update webinar

     

     

    September 2020

    22 September – ADM Defence Estate and Base Services Summit, Canberra ACT

     

    October 2020

    13 – 14 October - 2020 ANI Goldrick Seminar, Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea, CANBERRA ACT

    14 – 16 October Rotortech 2020 Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Systems – BRISBANE QLD

    23 October – ADM Women in Defence Awards – CANBERRA ACT

    28 October – North Australia Defence Summit

     

    November 2020

    10 – 12 November MilCIS – Canberra ACT

    17 – 18 November 10th Biennial SIA Conference 2020

    18 -20 November Advanced Manufacturing Expo – SYDNEY NSW

     

    December 2020

    1 – 3 December – TechNet Cyber 2020, Baltimore, USA

    2 December – ADM Space Summit, Canberra, ACT

    8 – 10 December – Undersea Defence Technology 2020, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

     

    2021

    February 2021

    3 February – ADM Congress, Canberra, ACT

     

    June 2021

    1-3 June Land Forces – Brisbane QLD (date change from 1-3 September 2020)

     

    November 2021

    23-28 November Avalon Airshow, Melbourne VIC (date changed from February 2021)

     

    2022

     

    May 2022

    Indo Pacific (specific dates yet to be announced)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WANT TO ADVERTISE WITH US?

    The AIDN National Newsletter is distributed to over 1,000 defence related companies in Australia, national and international associations and key decision makers.

    Please contact the AIDN National Coordinator at administration@aidn.org.au to discuss your advertising requirements.

    ¼ page: $185 + GST. ½ page: $250 + GST. 1 page: $300 + GST


  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:43 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

     NEWS

    MESSAGE FROM AIDN CEO BRENT CLARK

    Dear Members,

    Firstly I want to thank those of you that have contacted me and offered their support in this role.

    I absolutely am committed to driving the best outcome for Australian Industry.

    We have learnt a lot about ourselves and the challenges that face Australia over the last few weeks, and hopefully you have all managed to escape the COVID-19 pandemic as best as you can.

    I know that many of you with diverse businesses have suffered downturns in your turnover, many of you have had to reduce staffing numbers and undoubtedly are struggling to keep your collective heads above water.

    Now more than ever we need the ability to state our collective case to Defence, the Defence Prime contractors and Government.

    In order to effect change we as an association need to work together as a whole, there is a great deal of strength in the collective working together to ensure that Australian Industry is given the opportunity to become a vital element of the supply chain for the myriad of projects being undertaken.

    However I also understand the concerns of ‘sticking your heads’ above the trench. Please rest assured that AIDN National will always seek the input, opinions and advice of the State and Territory Chapters and gladly accept suggestions directly from individual members. It is important to me that you provide these suggestions so that I can properly represent your issues. Therefore you should all understand that I will treat any information or input with absolute confidentiality.

    Your information will not be passed to any organisation – it is my role to advocate for you and therefore it is my role to absorb whatever response or reaction that occurs so that you can provide suggestions in an anonymous and secure environment.

    On another note I am very happy for members to contact me to discuss any issues that they individually may have.

    Once the boarders are open I look forward to getting the opportunity to engage with as many of you face to face that I can.

    Cheers,

    Brent Clark

    ceo@aidn.org.au

    MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY SURVEY

    AIDN has participated in a weekly teleconference with the Minister for Defence Industry during COVID-19.

    The Minister would like industry to complete the attached survey (see letter from the Minister also attached) on the Department of Defence.

    Survey responses are due by no later than Friday 29 May to Industry.Survey@defence.gov.au

    Alternatively if you wish to submit your survey response anonymously, please send it to administration@aidn.org.au and AIDN will collate the information and send in for review and ensure the member information is removed from the survey response.

    AIDN NEWSLETTER

     
    The AIDN National Newsletter 2020 for the second quarter is now open for advertising.
     
    The AIDN National Newsletter is distributed to over 1,000 defence related companies in Australia, national and international associations and key decision makers.
     
    Please contact the AIDN National Coordinator at administration@aidn.org.au to discuss your advertising requirements.

     

    • ¼ page: $185 + GST (DL sized, portrait with no bleed submitted in PDF)

     

    • ½ page: $250 + GST (A5 sized, landscape with no bleed submitted in PDF)

     

    • Full page: $300 + GST (A4 sized, portrait with no bleed submitted in PDF)
     
    Submissions and payment due by 5 June 2020.
     

    The AIDN National Newsletter will be sent to members in late June 2020.


    TEAM DEFENCE AUSTRALIA

    Team Defence Australia is changing how we receive applications.

    From May 2020, the Australian Defence Export Office will use Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway to receive applications for inclusion in Team Defence Australia (TDA) industry delegations to international defence tradeshows and missions.

    Please see attached letter from Team Defence Australia along with a flyer from ICN on how to create your ICN profile.

    PACIFIC 2021

    Reflecting the increasing importance of the Indo Pacific region to the entire world, the PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition will become the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition from 2022. Initially, there will be a new timing. Instead of the previously planned PACIFIC dates in August 2021, INDO PACIFIC will now, in the wake of COVID 19, initially be held during May 2022. Specific dates will be advised later this year.

    LANDFORCES 2020 DEFERRED

    Land Forces 2020 has been deferred from 1-3 September 2020 to 1-3 June 2021. Read more here.

    AVALON AIRSHOW DEFERRED

    Avalon Airshow 2021 has been deferred from 23-26 February to 23-28 November 2021. Read more here.



     OPPORTUNITIES

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

    The Department of Defence Industry is sponsoring another round of engineering internships this year.  The initiative is administered by QTAC, who will oversee the placement of 70 engineering students at participating SME’s around the country for a 12 week internship.  It is particularly hoped to see positions open up in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania, as these states have been under represented in previous years. 

     

    The internships generally commence in November/December each year and finish around February/March the following year.  SME’s receive financial remuneration from the Department of Defence Industry for hosting an intern and are directed to the website www.diip.com.au where more details can be found.  Applications for new SME’s close on 5th June 2020 so please get your application form in as soon as possible. 

     

    The accompanying brochure gives an overview of the program and highlights just a few of the many success stories from last year’s program

    MILCIS CALL FOR PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS

    Papers

    At MilCIS, there are three types of non-commercial presentations: (refereed) Paper Sessions (click here for more information), Update Sessions (click here for more information), and Tutorial Sessions (click here for more information). 

    Submission of papers for review - Tuesday 09 June 2020

    Notification and comments to authors of papers - Tuesday 28 July 2020
    Deadline for author registration - Friday 28 August 2020
    Deadline for submission of final paper - Friday 28 August 2020

    Presentations

    At MilCIS, there are three opportunities for presentations as a form of sponsorship:  Product Sessions (click here for more information), Breakfast Sessions, and Lunch Sessions. Contact MilCIS for further information here.

     

    TEXTRON SYSTEMS AUSTRALIAN LAND129 PHASE 3 AND SEA129 PHASE 5 BID

    Work packages close 30 June. Click here for further information. 

    LINKEDIN – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a good news story about your business or employees? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured on our AIDN National (or AIDN Chapter) LinkedIn page! We love hearing about what our members are up to and would love to share your good news stories!

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.


    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

    October 2020
     
     
     
    • November 2021
      • 23-28 November Avalon Airshow, Melbourne VIC (date changed from February 2021)
     
    2022


  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:56 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

    TENDERS

    AIDN Tenders 30042020.pdf

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.

    LANDFORCES 2020
     

    Latest information for Landforces 2020 attached.

    200429_LF20_COVID_AMDA_CEO_letter.pdf

     

    AIDN CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR REVIEW OF CDIC
     

    The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, has commissioned the co-chairs of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) Advisory Board, Ms Kate Carnell AO and Mr Tony Fraser AO, CSC to undertake an independent review of the CDIC.

     

    The review will assess the CDIC’s current operational model and ensure it can continue supporting the growth of the Australian defence industry now and into the future.

     

    AIDN has been asked to submit feedback on the framework of programs and functional operation of the CDIC that collectively makes up its core defence industry development function.

     

    AIDN is asking members to submit comments via email (to board@aidn.org.au) to enable us to provide feedback on our members behalf.

     

    The closing date for brief comments and written submissions is 5pm (AEST) Friday 15 May 2020.

     

    The Terms of Reference for the review are available at:

    https://www.defence.gov.au/casg/DoingBusiness/Industry/Findingopportunities/Centre%20for%20Defence%20Industry%20Capability.asp

     

     

    CDIC REVIEW DISCUSSION PAPER
     

    The media release from the Minister for Defence Industry is attached.

     

    The CDIC review discussion paper is attached.

     20200428 - Discussion Paper - Final-1 (1).pdf

     MINDI MR - CDIC Review Discussion Paper-1 (1).pdf

    CASG UPDATE
     

    In 2018, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) adopted the Major Service Provider (MSP) arrangement, which provides a strategic and integrated approach for its support services requirement in acquiring and sustaining capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). From 1 July 2020, Land Domain is transitioning to an MSP arrangement that will see the vast majority of Above The Line contractor support services provided through MSPs Team Nova and KEY Team. Under this new arrangement, a collaborative relationship will exist between Team Nova, KEY Team and the Land Domain PMO, led by Dr Simon Atyeo. This arrangement, administered by the PMO, is called the Land Domain External Contractor Strategy (ECS). Team Nova will predominantly provide contractor services to Land Manoeuvre Systems Branch and Land Engineering Agency and KEY Team will predominantly provide contractor services to Integrated Soldier Systems Branch and Land Vehicle Systems Branch. 

     

    Where these Branches have enduring requirements currently contracted under the Defence Support Services (DSS) panel, the PMO will coordinate and manage these to transition, where appropriate, into an MSP under one of two new Integrated Work Partner (IWP) service contracts. Armoured Vehicle Division (AVD) will also transition elements of its existing DSS project-related contractor workforce to an MSP arrangement, predominantly under Team Nova, later in the year. What is changing? DSS panel arrangements will only continue to be established in very specific circumstances where it can be demonstrated that the MSP provider is unable to supply the requirement, where there are highly specialised requirements, and/or it is a once-off, short-term engagement. Existing DSS panel arrangements will be honoured to their natural expiry dates, and where practical those that expire on or before 30 June 2020 will be transitioned to an MSP from 1 July 2020. Through the ECS, industry and Defence will work together in transitioning, where relevant and able, extant tasking into the MSPs. As such, resourcing requirements will not mandate ‘named’ contractors as being ‘solely suitable’ or provide narrow experience sets that limit the MSP’s ability to secure a resource other than a ‘named’ contractor. 

     

    Because existing DSS contractors will now need to be engaged through an MSP in the vast majority of cases, there are some notable changes to quotes and rates: · The MSPs will seek value for money on behalf of CASG from contractor companies, meaning that CASG has full visibility of rates, which must remain competitive and have only a pre-agreed margin placed on top by the MSP; and · The MSPs will seek quotes from contractor companies on either a competitive or sole source basis depending on the particular situation. Why is it changing? In line with the purpose of MSPs, the ECS will deliver ongoing value for money through improved affordability over the longer term by focusing on outcomes. By engaging two MSPs to deliver the ECS, Land Domain benefits from improved flexibility, efficiency, competition and collaboration, as well as operational simplicity that creates uniformity in processes, procedures, practices and more. These changes represent another step forward for CASG in improving the workshare arrangements between industry and Defence to deliver high quality capability in the most efficient way to the men and women of the ADF. 

     

    How can existing contractors prepare? Through the Enterprise Support Services Agreement (ESSA), MSPs are committed to using Australian small-medium enterprises and small businesses (SMEs) within their workshare, including those on the DSS Panel. MSPs are also committed to mentoring and working with the Defence SME community to grow capability and capacity. MSPs also rely on SMEs to become trusted partners, providing increased opportunities to SMEs to be engaged by an MSP on IWPs throughout CASG. As a result of these arrangements, existing contractors are well positioned to prepare for the transition by contacting both MSPs to discuss becoming part of their supply chain. KEY Team can be contacted at key_msp@kbr.com and Team Nova at industryengagement@novasystems.com

     

    Further information regarding the MSP Arrangement and the MSP teams is available on the Defence website. MSPs may also contact current External Service Provider footprint companies to organise arrangements. Team Nova and KEY Team have been provided with the existing companies as well as a summary of taskings, duration within SPOs and current engagements within CASG. Existing contractors may also contact CASG’s other two MSPs, Jacobs Beca Team and Team Downer, to organise subcontractor agreements within other areas. Contact Jacobs Beca Team at mspadministration.ja@jacobs.com and Team Downer at TeamDownerMSP@downergroup.com

     

    If you have any further questions or concerns regarding Land Domain’s transition to the MSP arrangement, my point of contact is Dr Simon Atyeo (simon.atyeo@defence.gov.au), lead of the Land Domain PMO. Regards, A.W. Bottrell, CSC and Bar, DSM Major General Head Land Systems Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Department of Defence Victoria Barracks Melbourne 256-308 St Kilda Road SOUTHBANK Victoria 3006

     

     

    DEFENCE ESTATE WORKS PROGRAM UPDATE
     

    An update on the Defence Estate works program can be found here.

     

     

    LAND 400 PHASE 3 MOVES ONLINE
     

    Registered companies will be allocated a new time for both shortlisted tenderers to receive their pitch via a digital videoconferencing facility. The virtual Roadshow will essentially provide companies a similar experience using digital methods to what was provided face to face. The LAND 400 Phase 3 Project Office will be in contact with companies to reschedule a time and provide an overview of how the process will now be conducted.

     

    The virtual Roadshow is anticipated to recommence in late April 2020 and will conclude late May 2020. The indicative schedule is as follows:

     

    • Week commencing 27 April 2020 – Darwin, Perth, Launceston, Adelaide;
    • Week commencing 4 May 2020 – Adelaide, Newcastle;
    • Week commencing 11 May 2020 – Newcastle, Sydney;
    • Week commencing 18 May 2020 – Sydney, Canberra; and
    • Week commencing 25 May 2020 – contingency.

     

    Local companies will have the opportunity to meet both Hanwha and Rheinmetall in a virtual meeting room. Each company will deliver a pitch on their capabilities, followed by questions from the shortlisted tenderers.

     

     

    DEFENCE WEBSITE UPDATE
     

    Defence has updated the publicly accessible Defence website to include a range of useful COVID-19 related information for Defence’s industry partners.

     

    The website’s addresses are:

     

     

    Please note we expect the “Information for defence industry” webpage to be updated later next week, so please come back to it as the updates will include additional useful information for industry.

     

     

    SUPPORTING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP

     

    Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) works alongside Australian industry to create deeper awareness and action around gender equity. Widespread industry support enables WLA to reduce barriers for participation in its online programs through fee discounts, partial scholarships and interest-free study loans.

     

    Through the support of a range of associations such as the Australian Industry & Defence Network we can periodically provide scholarships for women working in defence and security.

     

    Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the defence and security sector to help support their participation in a range of online career building leadership development programs.

     

    The initiative is providing junior managers through to senior executive women with scholarships to support their growth and development via participation in one of three flagship courses. Participants will benefit from course content such as Elements of a Successful Team, Team Dynamics, Purpose Priorities and Professional Development, Empowering Teams, and Evolving Strategic Change.   

     

    Expressions of Interest

    Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday, May 15: https://www.wla.edu.au/policedefenceemergencyservices.html

     

     

    SEEKING INPUT FROM INDUSTRY RE: FUTURE OF LOGISTICS
     

    The Force Exploration Hub is a virtual organisation within Force Design Division (part of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Headquarters) that brings together a diverse range of subject matter experts to develop the ideas and evidence for change that will help position the future force for success.

     

    The Force Exploration Hub is seeking input from industry and academic representatives to assist in the development of the Concept for Future Logistics 2040. This concept will address the question: How do the Australian Defence Force’s logistics functions create advantage in the future, and how can the ADF work with coalition and industry partners to counter potential threats? This input reflects the vital role that industry partners play in the provision of logistics, along with the research and analysis done by the academic sector.

     

    Interested individuals and organisations are invited to contact force.exploration@defence.gov.au to gain additional information (such as the terms of reference) and register their interest to contribute. Expressions of interest close on the 15th of May 2020. For more information: https://www.defence.gov.au/VCDF/Forceexploration/current-work.asp

     

     

    MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
     

    The Government is acutely aware of the need to provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. 

     

    The Government is funding and bolstering the capacity of mental health support providers including Lifeline and for Kids Helpline who have experienced an unprecedented surge in call volumes.

     

    Funding is also being provided to train volunteer visitors, to connect with older Australians in aged care to assist them keep in touch with loved ones.

     

    The Government’s digital mental health portal Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au) will be a single source of authoritative information and guidance on how to maintain good mental health how to access mental health services and care. 

     

    The Government is also funding a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line 1800 512 348 delivered by Beyond Blue.  

    NEW EXPORTER FOCUSED LOANS
     

    Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia.

    The new COVID-19 Export Capital Facility will target loans to established and previously profitable exporters who, due to COVID-19, are unable to gain finance from commercial sources.

     

    Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the COVID-19 Export Capital Facility would help trade-exposed businesses, including those from regional Australia and businesses in the tourism and education sectors, to get through this crisis and get to the other side.

     

    “These are tough times for many trade-exposed businesses who have been some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis,” Minister Birmingham said.


    “Rising export costs, disruptions to supply-chains and loss of markets are some of the factors that are making it difficult for exporters to access vital commercial finance.

     

    “We are currently in a difficult credit environment and these loans will provide a lifeline to Australian exporters to help them maintain their operations.

     

    “This critical financial assistance will help exporters to get back on their feet through helping to re-establish markets, or provide working capital support or help exporters purchase new equipment to expand their operations.

    “Helping our export sector to get access to business-saving finance is crucial to reducing job losses through this crisis and a critical part of the ultimate economic recovery.

     

    “These business-saving loans are in addition to the significant steps our Government has already taken to support exporters and jobs across the sector to get through these incredibly tough times.”

     

    The COVID-19 Export Capital Facility complements other initiatives to sustain exporters, and position them to rebound quickly, including the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme that will support up to $40 billion of lending to SMEs (including sole traders and not-for-profits). Under this scheme, the Government will guarantee 50 per cent of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SME up to $250,000.

     

    In addition to the COVID-19 Export Capital Facility, Export Finance Australia will also provide assistance to its existing customers through access to credit and financial relief.

     

    For more information on Export Finance Australia, including how to apply for finance, visit: www.exportfinance.gov.au/covid19 or read the attached fact sheet

     

     

    AIDN LANDFORCES STAND
     

    Only 5 spots left on the AIDN stand!

     

    Landforces has sold more than 95% of their stands and our AIDN National stand is selling out quickly.

     

    Act now to secure your place.

     

    AIDN members must be current financial members now (during application) and also during 2020 for Landforces.

     

    The stand includes basic furniture in the pricing. Please note that those participating on the stand must have at least 2 people on the stand at all times and not leave the stand unattended.

     

    This is a great way to showcase your business and take advantage of the discounted pricing at Landforces! Places are strictly limited, please contact administration@aidn.org.au for further information or see the attached flyers.

     

     

    ADM WOMEN IN DEFENCE AWARDS NOW OPEN
     

    The Women In Defence Awards program celebrates talented, determined, successful women who make a positive impact in the defence business arena, as members of Defence industry, Australian Public Service (APS) or in uniform.

     

    Submissions can be self nominated or entered by a third part. Eligible achievements to have taken place in the 2019 calendar year.

     

    Entries will close at 4pm, 29 May 2020. Enter here.

     

     

    AIDN EVENTS

    AIDN LANDFORCES STAND

     

    Landforces has sold more than 95% of their stands and our AIDN National stand is selling out quickly.

     

    Act now to secure your place.

     

    AIDN members must be current financial members now (during application) and also during 2020 for Landforces.

     

    The stand includes basic furniture in the pricing. Please note that those participating on the stand must have at least 2 people on the stand at all times and not leave the stand unattended.

     

    This is a great way to showcase your business and take advantage of the discounted pricing at Landforces! Places are strictly limited, please contact administration@aidn.org.au for further information or see the attached flyers.

     

     

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

    May 2020

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    • June 2020
    •  

     


  • Friday, April 24, 2020 10:53 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    NEWS

    TENDERS

    Please find attached the latest tenders released this week. 

    AIDN CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR REVIEW OF CDIC

    The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, has commissioned the co-chairs of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) Advisory Board, Ms Kate Carnell AO and Mr Tony Fraser AO, CSC to undertake an independent review of the CDIC.

    The review will assess the CDIC’s current operational model and ensure it can continue supporting the growth of the Australian defence industry now and into the future.

    AIDN has been asked to submit feedback on the framework of programs and functional operation of the CDIC that collectively makes up its core defence industry development function.

    AIDN is asking members to submit comments via email (to board@aidn.org.au) to enable us to provide feedback on our members behalf.

    The closing date for brief comments and written submissions is 5pm (AEST) Friday 15 May 2020.

    The Terms of Reference for the review are available at:

    https://www.defence.gov.au/casg/DoingBusiness/Industry/Findingopportunities/Centre%20for%20Defence%20Industry%20Capability.asp


    SUPPORTING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP

    Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) works alongside Australian industry to create deeper awareness and action around gender equity. Widespread industry support enables WLA to reduce barriers for participation in its online programs through fee discounts, partial scholarships and interest-free study loans.

    Through the support of a range of associations such as the Australian Industry & Defence Network we can periodically provide scholarships for women working in defence and security.

    Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the defence and security sector to help support their participation in a range of online career building leadership development programs.

    The initiative is providing junior managers through to senior executive women with scholarships to support their growth and development via participation in one of three flagship courses. Participants will benefit from course content such as Elements of a Successful Team, Team Dynamics, Purpose Priorities and Professional Development, Empowering Teams, and Evolving Strategic Change.   


    Expressions of Interest

    Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday, May 15: https://www.wla.edu.au/policedefenceemergencyservices.html 

    CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AT NEW $60M MARYBOROUGH SHELL FORGING PLANT

    Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) has begun construction of its shell forging plant, boosting confidence in the Fraser Coast economy as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic slowdown.

    Heavy machinery moved in during March to begin the process of transforming the 4ha greenfield site at Maryborough into a 7000sqm artillery shell forging factory that will eventually supply the Australian Defence Force and allied forces globally.

    More than 90 workers will be needed at the peak of construction, while 100 on-going jobs will be created when the $60m facility is fully operational by 2022.

    The projectile plant has had the backing of both the Federal Government ($28.5m) and State Government ($7.5m), recognising the importance of the defence industry to kick-start regional economies.

    RNM Maryborough project manager Jeff Crabtree said Australian-owned building firm BADGE would lead a 14-month construction phase, which would be followed by the fit-out then commissioning late next year.

    ''This has been in the planning stages for two years, so it is very exciting to see work finally begin, especially at a time when the wider economy has been knocked around by the COVID-19 pandemic,'' he said.

    'The new building will not only be an employment-generator for the immediate future, but it will put this region on the map for years to come as a defence industry centre of excellence domestically and globally.''

    Badge Constructions will look to find skills across 40 different construction elements during the build, including all skilled trades, with a focus on the local area. At the same time, recruitment at RNM has already begun for senior managers and engineers with employment in advanced manufacturing roles to open late 2020, early 2021.

    Roman Koehne, Chairman of Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions, said: ''We looked at sites around the world for a factory like this and in the end we settled on this region because we know we can draw on the skills, workmanship and expertise to make high-quality equipment.''  

    Robert Nioa, Chief Executive of NIOA and Director of RNM, said: ''Today is the beginning of a new chapter for NIOA and Rheinmetall with whom we have had a great relationship for the past 25 years. This project represents a deep commitment to the region and to building Australia's sovereign capability.''

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said production from the Maryborough facility would meet increasing demand for investment in munitions for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

    “The forging and manufacturing facility will ensure future resources supplied to the ADF will be Australian-made and create Australian industry capability now and into the future,” Mr McCormack said.

    “This is a great local example of how the Federal Government’s investment in infrastructure nationwide is setting the foundations for economic recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing everything possible to save lives and protect livelihoods.”

    Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick said it was great to see construction commence on this game-changing project.

    “The construction of the $60 million Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions facility will provide a great boost for the Maryborough and Wide Bay Burnett jobs market both on the building site and through the supply chain, and with 100 long-term manufacturing jobs when the plant commences full production in 2022, it’s big-thinking, job-creating projects like this that the Queensland Government is proud to assist

    “Through $7.5 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to attract the facility to Maryborough, and an additional $9 million to upgrade the energy supply and to assist with the facility’s complex electricity connections, the Palaszczuk Government is backing industrial growth and jobs in the Wide Bay region,” Mr Dick said.

    Weblink to article:

    https://www.defence.nioa.com.au/news/view/112/construction-begins-at-new-60m-maryborough-shell-forging-plant

    Media Contact: Nigel Everingham 07 3621 9999 or media@nioa.com.au


    SEEKING INPUT FROM INDUSTRY RE: FUTURE OF LOGISTICS 

    The Force Exploration Hub is a virtual organisation within Force Design Division (part of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Headquarters) that brings together a diverse range of subject matter experts to develop the ideas and evidence for change that will help position the future force for success. 

    The Force Exploration Hub is seeking input from industry and academic representatives to assist in the development of the Concept for Future Logistics 2040. This concept will address the question: How do the Australian Defence Force’s logistics functions create advantage in the future, and how can the ADF work with coalition and industry partners to counter potential threats? This input reflects the vital role that industry partners play in the provision of logistics, along with the research and analysis done by the academic sector.

    Interested individuals and organisations are invited to contact force.exploration@defence.gov.au to gain additional information (such as the terms of reference) and register their interest to contribute. Expressions of interest close on the 15th of May 2020. For more information: https://www.defence.gov.au/VCDF/Forceexploration/current-work.asp

     

    MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

    The Government is acutely aware of the need to provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. 

    The Government is funding and bolstering the capacity of mental health support providers including Lifeline and for Kids Helpline who have experienced an unprecedented surge in call volumes.

    Funding is also being provided to train volunteer visitors, to connect with older Australians in aged care to assist them keep in touch with loved ones.

    The Government’s digital mental health portal Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au) will be a single source of authoritative information and guidance on how to maintain good mental health how to access mental health services and care. 

    The Government is also funding a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line 1800 512 348 delivered by Beyond Blue.

    NEW EXPORTER FOCUSED LOANS

    Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia.

    The new COVID-19 Export Capital Facility will target loans to established and previously profitable exporters who, due to COVID-19, are unable to gain finance from commercial sources. 

    Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the COVID-19 Export Capital Facility would help trade-exposed businesses, including those from regional Australia and businesses in the tourism and education sectors, to get through this crisis and get to the other side.

    “These are tough times for many trade-exposed businesses who have been some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis,” Minister Birmingham said.

     

    “Rising export costs, disruptions to supply-chains and loss of markets are some of the factors that are making it difficult for exporters to access vital commercial finance.

     

    “We are currently in a difficult credit environment and these loans will provide a lifeline to Australian exporters to help them maintain their operations.

     

    “This critical financial assistance will help exporters to get back on their feet through helping to re-establish markets, or provide working capital support or help exporters purchase new equipment to expand their operations.

    “Helping our export sector to get access to business-saving finance is crucial to reducing job losses through this crisis and a critical part of the ultimate economic recovery.

     

    “These business-saving loans are in addition to the significant steps our Government has already taken to support exporters and jobs across the sector to get through these incredibly tough times.”

     

    The COVID-19 Export Capital Facility complements other initiatives to sustain exporters, and position them to rebound quickly, including the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme that will support up to $40 billion of lending to SMEs (including sole traders and not-for-profits). Under this scheme, the Government will guarantee 50 per cent of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SME up to $250,000.

     

    In addition to the COVID-19 Export Capital Facility, Export Finance Australia will also provide assistance to its existing customers through access to credit and financial relief.

     

    For more information on Export Finance Australia, including how to apply for finance, visit: www.exportfinance.gov.au/covid19 or read the attached fact sheet

     


    LINKEDIN – CALL FOR CONTENT

    Have a good news story about your business or employees? Send it to administration@aidn.org.au (and advise which State/Territory Chapter you belong to!) along with a photo/image and it may be featured on our AIDN National (or AIDN Chapter) LinkedIn page! We love hearing about what our members are up to and would love to share your good news stories 

    Follow our AIDN National LinkedIn page here.

    AIDN LANDFORCES STAND

    Only 5 spots left on the AIDN stand!

    Landforces has sold more than 95% of their stands and our AIDN National stand is selling out quickly.

    Act now to secure your place.

    AIDN members must be current financial members now (during application) and also during 2020 for Landforces.

    The stand includes basic furniture in the pricing. Please note that those participating on the stand must have at least 2 people on the stand at all times and not leave the stand unattended.

    This is a great way to showcase your business and take advantage of the discounted pricing at Landforces! Places are strictly limited, please contact administration@aidn.org.au for further information or see the attached flyers.

     

     

    ADM WOMEN IN DEFENCE AWARDS NOW OPEN

    The Women In Defence Awards program celebrates talented, determined, successful women who make a positive impact in the defence business arena, as members of Defence industry, Australian Public Service (APS) or in uniform. 

    Submissions can be self nominated or entered by a third part. Eligible achievements to have taken place in the 2019 calendar year.

    Entries will close at 4pm, 29 May 2020. Enter here.

     

     

    AIDN EVENTS

    AIDN LANDFORCES STAND

    Landforces has sold more than 95% of their stands and our AIDN National stand is selling out quickly.

    Act now to secure your place.

    AIDN members must be current financial members now (during application) and also during 2020 for Landforces.

    The stand includes basic furniture in the pricing. Please note that those participating on the stand must have at least 2 people on the stand at all times and not leave the stand unattended.

    This is a great way to showcase your business and take advantage of the discounted pricing at Landforces! Places are strictly limited, please contact administration@aidn.org.au for further information or see the attached flyers.

     

     

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

    April 2020


    May 2020

    June 2020


  • Monday, April 20, 2020 1:06 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

     

    The Government is acutely aware of the need to provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. 

     

    The Government is funding and bolstering the capacity of mental health support providers including Lifeline and for Kids Helpline who have experienced an unprecedented surge in call volumes.

     

    Funding is also being provided to train volunteer visitors, to connect with older Australians in aged care to assist them keep in touch with loved ones.

     

    The Government’s digital mental health portal Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au) will be a single source of authoritative information and guidance on how to maintain good mental health how to access mental health services and care. 

     

    The Government is also funding a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line 1800 512 348 delivered by Beyond Blue.

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