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$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:
- 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:
- 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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AUSTRALIA-SINGAPORE MILITARY INITIATIVE (ASMTI) NEWSLETTER
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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.
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.
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