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

    Dear Members,


    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)




    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!





    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, 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.





    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 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.




    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.








    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 





    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.




    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 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



    February  2020

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    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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