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  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:56 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Welcome to our first 2021 Export Finance Australia update. We look forward to providing you with relevant information to help you and your customers.

    If you’re working with businesses in the Indo Pacific, watch the video below on how we’re supporting sustainable infrastructure development in the region.

    We’re continuing to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. In this edition, we highlight Queensland air charter business GSL Aviation.

    We welcome your feedback so we can provide you with information that helps you meet your needs.

    Supporting infrastructure

    Support for COVID-19 affected businesses

    Exporter spotlight

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:50 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Modern Manufacturing Initiative


    This morning the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews announced applications are now open under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative - Manufacturing Translation and Integration Streams. Initially, applications are open for businesses supporting the Space National Manufacturing Priority area, which coincides with the publication of the industry led space manufacturing roadmap. Rounds for other manufacturing priority areas will progressively open over the coming weeks.


    Applications for the space grant opportunities will close at 5.00pm AEDT on Monday 22 March 2021.


    The Modern Manufacturing Initiative is a key plank of the Australian Government’s $1.5billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy. Funding will help boost investment in the growth of the manufacturing sector, enhance Australia’s reputation, open up new markets, create new skilled jobs and increase exports.


    The National Manufacturing Priorities are:

    §  Space (NOW OPEN)

    §  Medical Products

    §  Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing

    §  Food and Beverage

    §  Recycling and Clean Energy

    §  Defence

    Open funding streams

    §  Manufacturing Translation Stream: supports Australian manufacturers to translate high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient.

    §  Manufacturing Integration Stream: supports Australian manufacturers to access domestic and international value chains, propelling their goods and services into new markets and fostering Australia’s reputation as a modern manufacturing leader.

    Under the Manufacturing Translation and Integration Streams, the Australian Government is co-funding grants of between $1 million to $20 million, up to 50% of the eligible project expenditure.

    Modern Manufacturing Initiative Information Sessions

    We are hosting a joint information session with the Manufacturing Division, that will provide an overview of the Manufacturing Translation and Integration streams, including eligibility requirements and key points from the assessment criteria. We will also provide some general tips for presenting a strong application. The session will be recorded and uploaded to business.gov.au.

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:48 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Territory businesses can now access support under two new grant programs to rebound strongly from COVID-19 and adapt to new market conditions.

    The Business Saver Grant and Supply Chain Solver are NOW OPEN for eligible Territory businesses.

    This new support is part of a suite of programs being delivered under the Northern Territory Government’s Jobs First Plan deigned to support local businesses and create new jobs.


    The Business Saver grant is now available for business to adapt to the new economic environment, reduce ongoing expenses and increase profitability through improvement of procedures, systems and use of new technologies in order to assist in reaching new markets. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $10,000 on a 50:50 co-contribution basis, to be assessed on a competitive basis.

    Applications close 28 March 2021. Click here for more info.


    The Small Business Supply Chain Solver is available to assist with funding to build resilient and smart supply chains through infrastructure, new technologies, upskilling of employees or supply chain analysis. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $10,000 on a 50:50 co-contribution basis, to be assessed on a competitive basis.

    Applications close 28 March 2021.Click here for more info 


    A one-off grant available for businesses seeking to enhance their customer experience through front-of-house improvements. The Small Business Customer Experience Grant will be offered through a competitive process, with grants of up to $20,000 available on a 50:50 co-contribution basis. 

    Applications close 28 February 2021. Click here for more info.


    The Northern Territory Government’s JobMaker Booster will provide funding to boost the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme so that eligible employees of all ages can attract the full $200 per week.

    This is a two-step application process:

    Step 1: Employers need to first register with the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme.

    Step 2. For the NT JobMaker Booster scheme, registration and claims will be in two stages:

    • Registration will start from 26 February 2021 and can be made at www.businessrecovery.nt.gov.au

    • The first claims can then be made from 1 April 2021 onwards for the period January to March 2021.

    Click here for more info.


    The Small Business Survival Paymentprovides businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus with funding to help them survive, adapt and prepare for the economic rebound. One-off payments of between $2000 and $20,000 are available.

    For more details, click here


    The Not-for-Profit Tourism Attraction Survival Payment has been established to support not-for-profit tourist attractions such as non-government museums and historical sites. One-off payments of between $2000 and $20,000 will support eligible organisations significantly impacted by COVID-19, and are able to demonstrate a reduction in turnover. 

    For more details, click here.

    For more information on any of the above initiatives and to view the terms and conditions, go to businessrecovery.nt.gov.au


    The Territory Business Centres provide businesses across the NT with information about starting a business, licensing requirements and government assistance programs. Offices are located in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek. 

    P: 1800 193 111    

    E: terrtitorybusinesscentre@nt.gov.au

    A Small Business Champion can help you identify the types of support your business can access including networking, contacts, information, tools and resources

    P: 1800 193 111    

    E: businessinfo@nt.gov.au

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2020 3:41 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    You are invited to register your attendance for the Lockheed Martin Virtual Industry Day on


    Thursday, 19 November 2020


    The briefing will provide an opportunity to hear about how your business can support the Lockheed Martin team on future space and communications programs in Australia. The event is open to industry, academia and start-ups.

    During this presentation, Lockheed Martin Space Australia will outline its current space pursuits in Australia and New Zealand as well as highlight opportunities to enter Lockheed Martin's global supply chain. You will be introduced to key Lockheed Martin Space representatives and given a high-level overview of the technology areas in which Lockheed Martin is seeking expressions of interest.



    Capability Highlights

    Lockheed Martin is seeking companies with the best quality products and services in the following categories:


    Space Systems
    Design | Manufacturing | Launch

    Ground Station and Systems
    Antennas | Monitoring & Control System | RF/Baseband

    SATCOM Management System
    Satellite (C2) Products and Services | Cloud & Edge Processing 

    Novel SATCOM Technologies

    Facilities and Infrastructure

    Systems Engineering | Software Development | Certification | ICT | Site Security | Operations of Network Operations Centre | Training Services | Maintenance Services

    Thursday, 19 November 2020
    10:00am – 12:00pm AEDT


    Join Here


    Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone device: If the link above does not work, please join with this URL.
    Password: 771539

    Or join by phone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666
    Webinar ID: 160 989 5125
    International numbers available:

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:01 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The Navy will be convening a MEWG virtual conference 1100-1400 (AEST) on Tuesday, 06 October 2020.

    The Chief of Navy will be presenting the opening address and will also officially launch the Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2040. This is a fabulous opportunity to engage with Navy capability representatives, particularly in light of the recent release of 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan.

    The MEWG virtual conference agenda is shown below, and there will be an opportunity for engagement with the presenters in the form of an electronic Question & Answer (Q&A) session which will be moderated during the conference.  Also, as part of the registration process, you can submit a question for the panel discussion. I encourage you to do so as that would give us better insight into what matters to you.

    Please register here. Registration closes on 1 October 2020.

    Speakers include:

    • VADM Michael Noonan, AO, Chief of Navy
    • Ms Sheryl Lutz, MEWG Defence Co-chair and First Assistant Secretary Ships
    • Ms Amanda Holt, MEWG Industry Co-chair
    • Ms Audra McCarthy, MEWG Industry Co-chair
    • RADM Pete Quinn,  MEWG Defence Co-chair and Head Navy Capability
    • CAPT Peter Armitage, Representing Director General Surface Combatants and Aviation
    • CDRE Tom Phillips, Director General Submarines
    • CDRE John Stavridis, Director General Littoral
    • CDRE David Scott, Director General Navy Information Warfare

    Kind Regards,

    The AIDN Team 

  • Friday, September 04, 2020 3:12 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)


    For FLIP BOOK VIEW click HERE 

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    In this edition:

    Regional Presence Deployment: 2RAR soldiers show their skills on board HMAS Canberra – Page 5

    Going digital: Legacy week urges people to donate online – Page 7

    Put to the test: Combined-arms combat at Exercise Brolga Run – Pages 12-13


  • Friday, September 04, 2020 1:47 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)


    I am writing to advise of changes to the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) that came into effect on 1 July 2020 and to acknowledge an important milestone.


    I am pleased to advise the total value of contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses through Commonwealth procurement since the introduction of the IPP in 2015 now exceeds $3 billion. This achievement represents an important shift in APS procurement practices that has increased the participation of Indigenous Australians in the delivery of Commonwealth government projects and services.  


    On 1 July 2020, the changes to the IPP announced by the Australian Government in 2019 came effect:


    • The requirement to include mandatory minimum Indigenous participation targets (MMR) in approaches to market from 1 July 2020 for Commonwealth contracts valued at $7.5 million or more now apply to an additional 11 industry categories, bringing the total number of industry categories required to contain Indigenous employment and/or supply use targets to 19.
    • The Commonwealth value target for purchasing from Indigenous businesses has increased from 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent of the value of eligible procurements for the 2020-21 financial year.   This target will continue to increase by 0.25 per cent each financial year until 3 per cent is reached. The 3% volume target remains in place as well.


    These changes will increase the demand for Indigenous businesses across a broad range of industries sectors, assisting to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Indigenous business sector.


    An updated version of the Indigenous Procurement Policy has been approved by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP and is now available on the NIAA website: www.niaa.gov.au/resource-centre/indigenous-affairs/indigenous-procurement-policy alongside tailored guidance material to support the implementation of the MMR.  This material has been developed in consultation with government agencies, suppliers and the Indigenous business sector.  www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/economic-development/indigenous-procurement-policy-ipp and one aimed at the major suppliers www.niaa.gov.au/resource-centre/indigenous-affairs/ipp-guide2-suppliers. The website also includes updated guidance material related to the use of our reporting tool the IPP Reporting solution https://www.niaa.gov.au/resource-centre/indigenous-affairs/welcome-pack-industry-contractorsTailored guidance material for Indigenous businesses is under development.


    Grateful if you can distribute this information within your networks as appropriate. If you have any queries you can contact the IPP team on IndigenousProcurement@NIAA.gov.au

  • Monday, August 31, 2020 3:58 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    You are invited to attend the below webinar by Airbus. This is strictly for AIDN members only.

    Within the Australia Pacific region, Airbus is one the most well-known suppliers of advanced helicopter solutions and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to both Defence and Civil clients.  Building upon this heritage, Airbus is seeking to grow its space portfolio in Australia and New Zealand by integrating the capability and skill of local industry.   Airbus acknowledges the strategic importance of Australian Industry Capability, and is committed to ensuring Australian companies and academia have the opportunity to partner in meaningful ways with the largest space company in Europe and one of the world’s leading communication satellite companies.

    During this presentation to AIDN members, Airbus will outline its current pursuits, with particular focus on JP9102.  This Defence project is also known as the Australia Defence SATCOM System (ASDSS).  The Commonwealth’s RFT is due to be released later this year, with responses due in second quarter of 2021.

    You will be introduced to key Airbus representatives and given a high-level overview of the project and technology areas in which Airbus is seeking expressions of interest. 

    Meet the Presenters


    Cathy Luck - Airbus Australia Pacific, Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Commercial Manager   

    Martin Rowse - Airbus Defence and Space, Campaign Lead JP9102 and Key Account Manager for Space, Australia

    Scott White - Airbus Australia Pacific, Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Industry and Innovation Manager   

    Anne Combes - Airbus Defence and Space, Procurement

    DATE: Tuesday 1 September 2020 

    TIME: 6:00pm AEST (5:30pm NT/SA time, 4:00pm WA time)



    PASSWORD IS: Airbus01

    Registration is essential.

    Please note registrations will be manually approved to ensure only current financial members are able to attend. If you are not a current financial member of an AIDN Chapter you are not permitted to attend.


    Kind Regards,

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:53 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Northrop Grumman Australia is seeking registration of companies able to provide products and services in the following areas:

    1. Tactical Data Link Management
    2. Tactical Data Modelling and Simulation
    3. Tactical Data Hardware
    4. Network Design and Monitoring
    5. TDL Hardware Testing and Qualifications
    6. TDL Maintenance and Repair
    7. TDL Ruggedized Electrical Components, Rack and Shelving
    8. TDL Integration, Verification and Validation

    More information at the following link: https://NGA_JointDataNetwork_MultiTacticalDataLinkNetwork.icn.org.au

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:54 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Good morning,


    On 10 August 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced that the submission process has now opened for inclusion in the 2021 Australian Defence Sales Catalogue.


    The Minister’s announcement can be viewed https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/melissa-price/media-releases/2021-australian-defence-sales-catalogue-submissions-now-open .  


    The submission period, which has opened approximately 6 weeks earlier than in past years, will remain open for a full two months, closing  2359 (1159pm) AEST 27 September 2020.


    The Federal Government will advise applicants of the outcome by end of January 2021. 


    Details for the 2021 submission process can be found on the Australian Military Sales webpage at:



    In 2019, 114 companies from all states and territories were featured in the Catalogue. In 2020 this grew to 170 companies (11 being Territory companies), with an increase from every jurisdiction across the country.


    We are again anticipating an increase in applications and whilst space will be limited, we will be looking to include as many qualifying companies as possible in the 2021 edition.


    The application process has also been simplified so that any companies re-applying now need only click on a ‘reassess 2020 catalogue application should they have no content changes from the previous year.


    For 2021, we are also now working on a free App (Android and Apple) available for download for all, not just the foreign embassies, overseas Austrade BDMs and Australian defence attaches. You too will be able to download it. The content will be Unclassified (like the hard copy version of the Catalogue and the online PDF) and will have enhanced features including state by state, capability by capability.


    We therefore strongly encourage you to consider placing in a submission for the 2021 Catalogue and direct any enquiries to myself or: amsc.submissions@defence.gov.au


    Space in the 2021 Catalogue will again be limited and late applications will not be accepted.


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