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AIDN Tenders & Defence Industry Update as at 30 April 2020

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



AIDN Tenders 30042020.pdf

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Latest information for Landforces 2020 attached.




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:





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


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




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




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 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.





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




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




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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