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  • 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
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  • 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.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:32 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    HELPLINE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

    From today, the Morrison Government's Business Hotline - 13 28 46 - will be expanded to provide specialist advisers and extended hours to support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Operations at the www.business.gov.au 13 28 46 Contact Centre will increase from five days per week to seven days per week, and provide an additional two hours a day of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 6:30 am to 10:30pm Darwin Time.

    The Government is rolling out comprehensive, targeted assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we want businesses who are looking for information to be supported.
    During these challenging times businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 need readily available access to advice so they can fully understand the assistance available to them and their employees.

    For more information on the assistance available to businesses please go to www.business.gov.au.

    Please also go to https://www.australia.gov.au.  This site will link you to the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government Agencies.

    Kind Regards,

    The AIDN Team

  • Monday, February 17, 2020 9:11 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)





    NEWS

    AIDN NATIONAL GALA DINNER

     

    Tickets are selling out quickly, so if you haven’t booked your ticket yet, book now before tickets sell out! Book here. With 300+ attendees, it will be an event not to be missed!

     

     

    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.

     

    NOVA GROUP – GROUP CEO TO STEP DOWN

     

    Nova Group, has announced that Group Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hume, has elected to step down from his role after four years at the helm.

     

    Nova’s Chair, Jim Whalley, advised that Greg will continue to lead Nova Group until later in the year whilst the Board undertakes the search for a new Group CEO to ensure a successful and seamless transition.

     

    Jim acknowledged Greg’s outstanding contribution to Nova having delivered significant business growth over the course of his tenure since taking over the Group CEO role in 2016, with projections for this financial year of more than $200m in revenue.

     

    “Greg has been a valued part of the Nova family for 17 years and was a key founding member of the company as employee number 10.

     

    He has been instrumental in the growth of Nova and his stewardship over the past four years has created a firm foundation on which we can continue to pursue our growth aspirations.”

     

    The Board and I would like to thank Greg for his commitment and passion to the Nova organisation, and I personally wish him every success for the future.”

     

    Mr Hume led Nova’s diversification and globalisation strategy which resulted in Nova’s expansion beyond Australia and the UK into Asia, New Zealand and Europe establishing trust and credibility with clients across a range of sectors.

     

    Mr Hume said he will always feel part of the Nova family and acknowledged that now was the right time to move on.

     

    “This year marks 20 years of Nova and I look forward to seeing the new Group CEO continue to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of our company as Nova embarks on this next exciting phase of its growth strategy and continues to solve the problems that really matter. I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of the Nova family, working with incredibly smart and dedicated people and am proud we have been recognised for a number of years as one of the "Top 50 best places to work" and "Top 50 Most Innovative Companies" in Australia, along with a “Best place to work” in Asia and the UK.”

     

    Mr Hume will continue to work closely with the Board and Executive Leadership Team and will assist with the transition to the new Group CEO over the coming 6-9 months.

     

    Background information Nova Group is an Australian owned and operated, leading global services provider. Founded in 2000, the Nova Group specialises in the provision of technology enabled solutions and world class expertise, to solve the problems that really matter. Nova’s businesses include professional services provider Nova Systems, aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees. With over 600 employees, Nova operate in offices across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, United Kingdom and Europe.

     

     

    JACOBS SUPPLY CHAIN UPDATE

     

    Since the establishment of the Major Service Provider (MSP) framework on 01 February 2018, Jacobs has been busy implementing a series of improvements to our internal systems and processes in addition to our normal MSP service delivery. We recently completed a review of our supplier engagement and identified several areas for improvement. As a result, we are excited to announce that in the coming days we will be introducing the Jacobs Talent Community (powered by BenchOn), an innovative cloud based supplier portal, to facilitate regular and routine engagement with our registered suppliers. It will provide a more accessible and automated means of sourcing subcontracted professional services from our suppliers for ALL of our current and future operations (be they MSP, DSS, ASDEFCON or other contracts).

     

    Additional information regarding the rollout of the Jacobs Talent Community (JTC):

    • The JTC will be used for all Jacob Australia’s subcontractor engagement across MSP, DSS, ICTPA and other panel and contract arrangements.
    • An executed subcontract Head Agreement (aka Jacobs Sub Contractor T&Cs) is required for each supplier before Jacobs issues you with an electronic invitation to join the JTC. As previously advised, the JTC is a live portal so we are seeking to avoid the risk of the matching process stalling because a supplier and Jacobs have not agreed on subcontractor T&Cs and executed a Head Agreement
    • The JTC will go live from Monday 10 February 2020 and suppliers will be invited as soon as an executed subcontract Head Agreement is in place. For those of you with a Head Agreement already in place there should be little to no delay.
    • Questions

    If you have questions regarding Jacobs’ pre-requisites to be invited to join the JTC please contact Kelum Koralage, Jacobs Supplier Engagement Coordinator, supplychain.ja@jacobs.com or 0413 654 279.

     

    Or, if you have any questions of BenchOn, please do not hesitate to get in touch with them directly. Please contact:

    • Alison Inglis (Director Strategy & BD) on 0479 095 127; or
    • Katie Walmsley (COO) on 0457 174 745.

     

    The BenchOn FAQ is available here: https://www.benchon.com/faqs/.

     

    ARMY INNOVATION DAY 2020

     

    Army Innovation Day 2020 The Australian Army in collaboration with the Defence Innovation Hub is inviting industry to submit innovation proposals for Army Innovation Day (AID) 2020. Army's innovation theme for AID 2020 is Enhanced Land Force Support System. Submissions should address the capability theme of enhancing the digitisation of the Land Force Support System in the following sub themes; Bulk Commodity Visibility, Personnel/Patient Tracking, and Deployed Principal Item Management. Please visit the Defence Innovation Hub portal for more information. Submissions close 3:00pm on Thursday 27 February 2020.

     

    More information can be found here.

     

    TEAM DEFENCE AUSTRALIA

     

    Expressions of Interest have opened for companies to join the Team Defence Australia delegation to the following events:

    1.        Undersea Defence Technology - Rotterdam, Netherlands (25-29 May 2020)

    2.        TechNet Cyber – Baltimore, USA (1-5 June 2020)

    3.        Eurosatory – Paris, France (7-13 June 2020)

     

    Companies wishing to attend as part of the Team Defence Australia stand are invited to submit an EoI to the Exports team at the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).  Please find below information and EoI links to these events.

     

    https://www.business.gov.au/cdic/news-for-defence-industry/undersea-defence-technology-2020

     

    https://www.business.gov.au/cdic/news-for-defence-industry/technet-cyber-2020

     

    https://www.business.gov.au/cdic/news-for-defence-industry/eurosatory-2020

     

    To register your interest, please review and complete the EOI document and return it to cdic_exports@industry.gov.au no later than below dates. 

     

    1. Undersea Defence Technology – Friday, 28 February 2020
    2. TechNet Cyber – Friday, 6 March 2020
    3. Eurosatory – Friday, 6 March 2020 

     

     

    GERALDTON DFENCE BUSINESS WORKSHOP (WA)

     

    Registrations are now open for the Defence Business Workshop being held in Geraldton, WA. SMEs can register to attend a free half day workshop.

     

    Dates: Wednesday 19 February 2020

     

    Venue: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, 20 Gregory Street Geraldton, WA

     

    Supported by: Department of Defence

     

    Event Type: Workshop

     

    The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is hosting a free half day Defence business workshop in Geraldton on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

     

    The workshop will provide practical information for organisations wanting to learn more about Defence business opportunities.

     

    Presentations will include an overview by Defence of current and future opportunities for local businesses, as well as representations from CDIC, AusIndustry and Defence West covering information on support available to local businesses - such commercial advice, grants and the Defence Innovation System.

     

    The program will also provide networking opportunities and businesses are encouraged to register for individual meetings with CDIC Advisers and Facilitators following the workshop.

     

    Find out more here.

     

    WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT FORUM – QLD

     

    There is an increasingly diverse range of State and Federal Government assistance available for business,

    supporting everything from research and development, innovation, employment, international trade and much,

    much more.

     

    Navigating the government assistance available can be challenging. Many employers consider applying for

    a government grant or service at some stage but don’t know where to start or what is required.

     

    This event will bring together representatives from all levels of government for a half-day workshop designed to

    better inform employers on the help that is available and how best to access it.

     

    Areas of support that will be covered include:

    • Export support and advice
    • Small business and start-up support
    • Innovation and growth support
    • Labour supply and training

     

    As well as the various workshop presentations, the agencies will have representatives on hand that

    employers can personally engage with.

     

    See attached flyer for further information

     

    AIDN EVENTS

    AIDN National

     

    2020 AIDN Gala Defence Industry Dinner

    Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020

    Venue: QT Hotel, Canberra

    Time: 6:45pm – 11:00pm  

    Dress Code: Formal - Black Tie / Mess Dress with Miniatures / Evening Wear

    To register click here


    As one of the premier occasions on the annual calendar of defence industry events the evening attracts both defence industry small-to-medium enterprises, State and Federal Government representatives, defence primes and industry bodies who connect and network throughout the evening. The dinner will be held in line with the ADM Congress. Join the AIDN community and be part of this memorable night. For Sponsorship Packages contact administration@aidn.org.au .

     

    Thank you to our current AIDN National Gala Dinner 2020 Sponsors:

    Platinum: Lockheed Martin Australia

    Gold: NIOA, St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd, Precision Metal Group

    Silver: Saab Group, Naval Shipbuilding College, Leonardo

    Bronze: CEA Technologies, Defence Seals, Forge Advisory

     

    DEFENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

    February  2020

    March 2020

     

    April 2020

     

    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

    AIDN Tenders 13022020.pdf


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