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AIDN Tenders & Defence Industry Update as at 23 April 2020

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



Please find attached the latest tenders released this week. 


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:



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 


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.

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


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



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.


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



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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.




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.





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.




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