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  • Monday, March 09, 2020 12:54 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members, 

    HIFraser has formed a JV with Issartel to position to manufacture mechanical parts for the ATTACK program. 

    ISSARTEL – HIFRASER aims to build its Australian Sovereign Supply Chain for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Mechanical Systems & Services in the framework of the Attack Class Submarine Program. To reach this ambitious goal, the company is launching its Sovereign Supply Chain Qualification Program, targeting highly qualified Australian companies for high precision machining, boiler making, welding, surface and heat treatment services.

    Through the Attack Class Submarine Program, Issartel – HIFraser is bringing a fantastic opportunity to the Australian Supply Chain to be involved in a technically unique program. “Considering the Manufacturing and Through-Life Support activities, we are potentially talking about more than 50 years of business opportunities” said Chris Williams, Managing Director of the company.


    “Together ISSARTEL – HIFRASER has more than 60 years’ experience in Manufacturing and Through-Life Support Services for SSK, SSN and SSBN Submarines. The scope of services to be provided to us is very wide and interesting for the companies that are willing to develop specific skills in a high-tech sector. We’re talking about the opportunity for tens of thousands of items to be manufactured in Australia” said Vincent Carrié, CEO of the company.


    The Sovereign Supply Chain Qualification Process will take place in 3 steps that will be carried out from March to September 2020. The steps are as follows:

    1.         Prequalification desktop review of capability

    2.         Qualification of the Quality Management System

    3.         Technical and industrial capability qualification audit


    High precision machining suppliers will also have to successfully manufacture a unique ISSARTEL – HIFRASER prototype to be approved.


    If your company is interested please follow the instructions attached.


    ISSARTEL HIFRASER - Call for Interest - Rev 0.docx

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 8:21 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    The Capability Life Cycle Manager will provide specialist asset management services to support and sustain the Arafura Class.

    Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the request for tender was the first part of a tailored sustainment plan.

    "This will be a modern, innovative and highly skilled sustainment plan to deliver a complex naval capability which is reliable, fit-for-purpose, and represents a new generation of naval operations," Minister Price explained. 

    Construction is well underway on two of the 12 Arafura Class OPVs, which are a key part of the Morrison government’s $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.

    "Establishing a skilled Australian industrial base with the capacity and skills to maintain our new fleet is key to building and maintaining a sovereign capability. Australia’s regional small businesses will play a key role in delivering sovereign maritime sustainment to support the program," Minister Price added. 

    An Industry Briefing will be held in Perth on 16 March 2020 about the Capability Life Cycle Management services model.

    Submissions for the request for tender will close on 24 April. Further information is available here

    SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the 13 Armidale Class patrol boats by acquiring 12 new vessels, which will be known as the Arafura Class when they enter service from 2022.

    The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, and the OPV will be the primary ADF asset for maritime patrol and response duties.

    A competitive evaluation process (CEP) commenced in late 2015 and concluded with the signing of a contract with Lürssen Australia on 31 January 2018.

    Lead ship HMAS Arafura, named after the Arafura Sea in northern Australia, is currently under construction at the ASC Shipyard in Osborne, South Australia.

    The project will move to Henderson in Western Australia in 2020 where 10 OPVs will be built by Civmec in partnership with Lürssen Australia. It is estimated the $3.6 billion SEA 1180 project will create around 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.

    Lürssen is a global leader in designing and building ships of the highest quality for demanding customers all over the world.

    The German company beat out bids from Dutch company Damen, which was also partnered with ASC and Civmec, as well as German company Fassmer, which was in a joint venture with Austal, for the SEA 1180 project.

    Civmec is an integrated, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering services provider to the oil and gas, metals and minerals, infrastructure, and marine and defence sectors.

    Headquartered in Henderson, WA, Civmec has regional offices in Broome (WA), Darwin (Northern Territory), Newcastle and Sydney (NSW), and Gladstone (Queensland).

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 6:43 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds has used the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Hanoi to expand on Australia’s vision for 2020 defence engagement.

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds' media statement has emphasised Australia's commitment to working with its regional partners to support an "open, inclusive and prosperous" Indo-Pacific. 

    A key component of this was Minister Reynolds outlining a number of principles that should be used to help Australia and its ASEAN partners expand their shared interests, with Minister Reynolds stating: "Australia seeks to advance its shared interests with ASEAN in regional peace and stability, as enunciated in Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper and 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

    "ASEAN sits at the heart of the Indo-Pacific and we will work with our ASEAN partners to achieve common goals and priorities and reflect shared values."

    Building on this, Minister Reynolds identified the following principles: 



    • Mutual respect: Engaging with ASEAN, and its members, as equal partners; valuing and welcoming their views and opinions, and respecting the rights of all states;
    • ASEAN centrality: ASEAN plays a critical role in supporting an inclusive and rules-based approach to maintaining regional security and stability. Australia will continue to support a strong, cohesive and resilient ASEAN and its central role in regional architecture;
    • Supporting sovereignty: Supporting resilience, independence and sovereignty to bolster each country’s freedom and capacity to shape its own future;
    • Addressing areas of shared priority: Ensuring Australian engagement with ASEAN draws on the strengths of each partner and addresses areas of common importance;
    • Transparency: Communicating openly and honestly with ASEAN partners on priorities, concerns and opportunities, particularly on regional security issues and the evolving strategic environment; and
    • Respect for international law and norms: Australia’s defence engagement with ASEAN will seek to support an effective and equitable rules-based international order that protects the interests of all countries. It will promote the peaceful resolution of disputes, and adherence to international law, such as the UN Charter and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    Additionally, Minister Reynolds sought to highlight additional areas of priorities for Australia's 2020 engagement with its ASEAN partners. 

    "Australia’s co-operation with defence organisations in south-east Asia is underpinned by close engagement with our ASEAN partners in support of our shared regional priorities.

    "While Australian cooperation with the region is wide-ranging, we have identified eight priority areas for defence co-operation where we can work with ASEAN to deliver practical, effective and meaningful contributions in support of shared objectives," Minister Reynolds said. 

    These priorities include: 

    • Education and training: Sharing experience and expertise through diverse training opportunities to boost the capability of regional defence organisations;
    • Women, peace and security: Working together to increase women’s participation in peace and security processes in the region, reflecting that women’s voices help prevent and resolve conflict and support economic recovery and growth;
    • Peacekeeping: Providing practical support to help maintain or increase valued contributions from the region to United Nations peacekeeping missions;
    • Countering terrorism: Building shared regional capability to address the evolving threat of terrorism;
    • Maritime security: Supporting regional stability and prosperity by working together to address threats to the security of maritime activities, and maintaining free and open sea lines of communication;
    • Military medicine: Boosting our respective capacity to address common health challenges, including through Australia’s co-chairmanship with Brunei of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Military Medicine 2020-2022; 
    • Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief: Ensuring our region is prepared and postured to work together to respond effectively to natural disasters; and
    • Promoting communication, co-operation and interoperability: Reinforcing open lines of communication with regional defence organisations and developing greater capacity to co-operate by building relationships, habits of cooperation and a common understanding of methodologies required to work together.

    21 FEBRUARY 2020

    By: Stephen Kuper

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:43 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Department of Defence, I would like to advise you of briefings on proposed works at the RAAF Base Tindal. These works include the RAAF Base Tindal Redevelopment Stage 6 and United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI) RAAF Base Tindal Airfield Works and Associated Infrastructure.

    On 24 February 2020, the project will be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) with a public hearing expected to be held in Katherine on 21 April 2020. Information about the project, which is subject to Parliamentary approval, can be found on the PWC’s website: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Public_Works.

    The aim of the RAAF Base Tindal Redevelopment Stage 6 project is to maintain the existing capability at RAAF Base Tindal by addressing functional deficiencies and capacity constraints in existing facilities and infrastructure and to support growth in demand from the increasing operational tempo. The proposed works include:

    • New Permanent Living In Accommodation;

    • Upgrades to services including power, water, fire protection, sewerage and stormwater;

    • New Control and Reporting Unit Facilities and Visiting Squadron Facility; and

    • Upgrades to Security Force Amenities Facility.


    The aim of the USFPI airfield works project is to increase the capacity of RAAF Base Tindal to support KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport operations, which are a key part of the core Air Power role of air mobility, and in particular air-to-air refuelling and air logistics support missions. The proposed works include:

    • Upgrades to the runway and taxiway;

    • New Aircraft Parking Apron, Aviation Fuel Farm and Air Movements Terminal; and

    • Upgraded Engineering Services and Infrastructure.


    If you or your staff would like to accept or decline this invitation for a personal briefing on the proposed works, please contact our Project Manager representative Andrew Thiele from RPS on 0448 028 221 or via email at tindalprojects@rpsgroup.com.au to coordinate a time.

    Proposed Airfield Works

    The Department of Defence will be holding the following community information sessions on the proposed works that you and your members may be interested in attending.

    Katherine Session

    Date: 27 February 2020

    Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM

    Venue: Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine

    Darwin Session

    Date: 04 March 2020
    Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM

    Venue: Mantra Esplanade Hotel Conference Room, 88 The Esplanade, Darwin

    Further detail on the proposed works is available at www.defence.gov.au/id/RAAF-Tindal/Default.asp.

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:12 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    The Australian Government is developing a free online cyber security training program to support small businesses to train staff on cyber smart practices to protect against cyber fraud – and is seeking your input.

    You’re invited to a consultation session on the development of Cyber Training for Small Businesses and to be briefed on the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s new small business advice and guidance.

    The consultation session aims to ensure the training content supports a wide range of businesses and provide an opportunity for Territory businesses to advise on what broader cyber security advice and support is needed for small businesses.

    Cyber security is a key risk for any organisation and the cost of a cyberattack can be significant – in business disruption downtime, loss of commercially sensitive information, reputational damage or financial fraud. 

    For a small business, even the smallest cyber security incident can have devastating impacts.

    Training staff on how to recognise cyber threats is critical to better protecting your business.


    What:              Cyber Training for Small Business Consultation

    Date:                   Wednesday 4 March 2020

    Time:                   9:00am to 10:30am

    Venue:                North Australian Development Office, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin

    Cost:                    Free

    Hosted by:      Australian Cyber Security Centre


  • Monday, February 17, 2020 9:00 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)


    Every business will leave the session with a tailored Business Pipeline Strategy to increase sales and profitability and identify opportunities for their businesses in the NT Defence Industry


    Thursday 27th February 2020

    Northern Australian Conference Room, Level 1, NADO Development House, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin 

    Bookings: debbie@aidnnt.com.au




    8:00am    Participant Arrival and Registration

    8:30am    Welcome and Introduction - Kerryn Smith

    8:35am     Icebreaker and Overview of the day - Claire Maradani (Treeti)

    8:45          Market Update - Karen Green (Deloitte)

    9:30          Base Upkeep in the NT - (Broadspectrum)

    10:15        Morning Tea

    10:45        Individual Business Activity (Business Pipeline Strategy) Claire Treeti

    12:00        Lunch

    1:00pm    Growth Opportunities (Maritime)

    1:45pm    Group Business Activity 'What do Participants think are other opportunities in Defence'

    2:30pm    Afternoon Tea

    3:00pm    Investment Territory - Luke Bowen

    4:00pm    Claire Treeti - Wrap up and thank you

    4:15pm    Kerryn Smith - Overarching and Thank you

    4:30pm    Workshop Completion

    COST:       AIDN-NT Members: $44pp

                     Non- Members:        $66pp

  • Monday, February 17, 2020 8:51 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Good afternoon AIDN-NT Members and Interested Stakeholders,

     I have received confirmation that we have a visiting delegation from Thailand coming into Darwin next week and have agreed to provide a morning tea brief with some local industry members.

     Call for Expressions of Interest:                                   RSVP:  Ceo@aidnnt.com.au

     Thailand Delegation Morning Tea and Briefing

    Thursday 20th February 2020

    Territory Conference Room, NADO

    Ground Floor, 76 The Esplanade Darwin 0800


    Details of this opportunity are as follows:

    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­This conversation will be two-way – we will present AIDN-NT as an Alliance Group of Members focused on Base Support, Aerospace and Maritime!  We will be looking to promote our collective capability to this region.

     The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) – the Thai Government’s investment promotion agency under the Office of the Prime Minister, to request a meeting with you during 19 to 21 February 2020. The Director of the BOI’s Australian Office will be in Darwin on those days and would like to take the opportunity to provide you with some information about the BOI, its role and the incentives available to Australian businesses that choose to make an investment in Thailand. 

     I have provided below a few dot points about the BOI for your consideration:

    • The BOI is responsible for encouraging direct investment in Thailand through the issuing of tax and non-tax incentives and has 16 overseas offices, including an office based in Sydney responsible for engagement across Australia and New Zealand. The Office is headed by Miss Netnapa Pukdeerux, who is also the Royal Thai Government’s Investment Consul.
    • Australian and New Zealand businesses who choose to undertake activities eligible for promotion in Thailand could receive up to 13 years corporate income tax exemption from the BOI as well as other significant tax and non-tax incentives.
    • The BOI has a focus on advanced manufacturing and technology based activities as well as specific incentives for defence and aerospace activities. It is likely at least some of your members would be eligible for the highest levels of incentives.
    • The BOI believes these incentives would be of interest to your members, especially for those of your members who are currently considering expanding their business operations into South East Asia and beyond.
    • Further information about the BOI can be found at www.boi.go.th or in the attached document.


    I would be more than happy to discuss any questions you may have or provide further information so please do not hesitate to contact me at any time on the details below.


  • Monday, February 17, 2020 8:45 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    LAND 400 Phase 3 Australian Industry Capability

    Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defence Roadshow

    Australian Industry is now invited to complete and submit a nomination form to register their interest in participating in the roadshow. Nominations opened on Thursday 19 December 2019. The nomination form is available here and is to be submitted to LAND400Phase3.AIC@defence.gov.au.

    Australian Industry Capability is pivotal to the LAND 400 program. During the Risk Mitigation Activity, Defence will work with shortlisted tenderers to maximise opportunities for Australian industry participation to deliver an optimum Australian Industry Capability under LAND 400 Phase 3. Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defence Australia will participate in a Defence facilitated joint Australian Industry Capability roadshow, which will be conducted in March and April 2020. The roadshow will enable companies across Australia to showcase their capabilities and provide both shortlisted tenderers with the opportunity to identify local businesses able to contribute to their supply chains.

    The meetings will provide local companies the opportunity to meet both Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia concurrently. Each local company will be allocated five minutes to deliver a pitch on their capabilities. This will be followed by five minutes for each of the shortlisted tenderers to ask questions of the companies offering.

    The roadshow will visit Australian capital cities and selected regional locations. Further locations may be considered depending on the responses to the nomination form. The roadshow is currently scoped to visit the following locations:

    (1)          Townsville;
    (2)          Brisbane;
    (3)          Sunshine Coast;
    (4)          Newcastle;
    (5)          Sydney;
    (6)          Canberra;
    (7)          Melbourne;
    (8)          Geelong;
    (9)          Hobart;
    (10)        Adelaide;
    (11)        Perth; and
    (12)        Darwin.

    With an increased number of nominations being received recently, the project is pleased to advise that the closure date for nominations has increased by one week. Nomination form submission now closes on Friday 21 February 2020.

    You will be notified via email by the end of February on the acceptance of your nomination.

    You may experience issues with submitting the nomination form from the Safari browser. Please submit the form through Chrome or Internet Explorer. If you are still having trouble submitting, please submit the form as an attachment via email to the AIC Roadshow inbox - LAND400Phase3.AIC@defence.gov.au.

     Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha defence Australia have provided further information on their respective capabilities and how they engage with Australian industry. The Hanwha Defence Australia document can be found here and Rheinmetall Defence Australia document found here

     The Centre for Defence Industry Capability are working closely with Defence in support of the roadshow and are available to support Defence Industry. Further information and contact details are available at www.business.gov.au/CDIC.

     In addition to the roadshow, both Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defence Australia will have their own portals for Australian industry to engage directly with them. Hanwha Defence Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia are also planning to conduct additional industry engagement activities. These activities will provide further opportunities for the shortlisted tenderers to showcase the opportunities available to participate in LAND 400 Phase 3.

    Any enquiries from interested companies seeking additional information about Australian Industry related to this project can be addressed to LAND400Phase3.AIC@defence.gov.au.

    Please Attached List


  • Monday, February 17, 2020 8:41 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    The Australian Space Industry is looking to conduct a ‘Speed Dating’ Event in the Northern Territory. Members interested in making a pitch to the following Primes:

    • Airbus
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Boeing
    • Northrop Grumman


    on their capability to service the following areas:


    Earth Observation

                    Data Processing and Autonomy (Artificial Intelligence)


                    Ground systems, terminals and alternate ground stations

                    Optical communications

                    Secure radiocommunications (optical and radio)

     Space Situational Awareness

                    Any areas from research level to operational capability

     Position Navigation and Timing

                   Any areas from research level to operational capability

     Robotics and Automation

    ISRU – In situ resource utilization


    Automation software

    In-space manufacturing and assembly

     Access to Space

                   Cryogenics Fluid Management (storage and transfer)

     Leapfrog R&D and other areas of interest

    • Life support systems
    • Space Orbital and Surface Nuclear Fission Power
    • Quantum communications/cryptography
    • (other leapfrog research areas stakeholder feel could feed into supply chains)


    can do so by nominating: 

    Stuart Cook

    Project Officer – Industry Development

    Economic Innovation | Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

    Northern Territory Government, Australia

    5th Floor, Charles Darwin Centre, 19 The Mall, Darwin NT 0800 | GPO Box 3200 Darwin NT 0801

    t: 08 8999 6098  | e: stuart.cook@nt.gov.au  | w: business.nt.gov.au

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