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  • Monday, March 29, 2021 7:45 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    For your awareness, A Request for Tender for a Regional Maintenance Provider for Regional Maintenance Centre (RMC) West has today been released on AusTender. The Approach to Market ID number for the RFT is MSD/RFT/17640/1 and you can find it at this linkhttps://www.tenders.gov.au/Atm/Show/8a620266-605c-429b-a0a0-7bf1908f5903

    Attached are two Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) documents which provide high level information on the RFT and the implementation of RMCs. 

    I have also posted this information to the GovTeams community

    FAQ 1 RMP West March 2021.pdf

    FAQ 2 RMP West March 2021.pdf

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:05 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Defence opens Arafura OPV hub


    08 MARCH 2021 By: Charbel Kadib

    A new facility has been launched at the Henderson maritime precinct, established to foster collaboration between government and industry in support of the Arafura Class OPV program.

    Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty and a contingent of senior Defence officials have launched the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Enterprise and opened the OPV System Program Office at the Henderson maritime precinct.

    The OPV Enterprise has been set up to house collaboration between Commonwealth and defence industry stakeholders in support the development and sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Arafura Class vessels.

    “It is great to see the co-location of Commonwealth shipbuilding and sustainment personnel and Lürssen, CIVMEC and Raytheon industry partners delivering outcomes for our Navy,” deputy secretary National Naval Shipbuilding Tony Dalton said.

    Head Maritime Systems, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, said the Enterprise would help achieve objectives outlined in the Continuous Shipbuilding Plan, which includes Plan Galileo — an ambitious Future Maritime Sustainment Model aimed at ensuring sustainment groups engage with acquisition teams in the early stages of the build process.

    “Evolution of our asset management, supply chain, infrastructure, improved commercial models and professionalisation across the enterprise will be key to success,” RADM Malcolm said. 

    “This process ensures sustainment needs are considered during the design phase, and brings together Defence, primes, small business and service providers to facilitate sustainment of our naval vessels from strategically located ports around the country. 

    “Not only does this promise to deliver long-term jobs to West Australians and confidence for industry to invest in Perth, but it will ensure our Navy is able to meet all government tasking in order to protect our nation’s security.”

    The Arafura Class OPVs are set to replace the Armidale and Cape Class patrol boats, and are expected to serve as the Australian Defence Force’s primary asset for maritime patrol and response duties, which are expected to largely involve constabulary missions.

    The first two Arafura OPVs are being constructed in South Australia, with the remaining 10 vessels to be built in Western Australia.

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2020 11:10 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Good afternoon all,


    Thank you all for making this year’s D+I Online Conference a resounding success, we hope you enjoyed this alternate format of the D+I Conference for 2020.  We hope to include this online access as a feature for future events.


    We’re pleased to let you know that all sessions are now available to view online via the links below.

    Minister for Defence.mp4 - Keynote address by The Hon Linda Reynolds CSC.

    Minister for Defence Industry.mp4 - Address by The Hon Melissa Price MP

    CASG.mp4 - Welcome address by DEPSEC CASG, Mr A.P. (Tony) Fraser AO, CSC

    Session 1.mp4 - "Force Structure Plan" Presentation and Q&A by Head Force Design - AVM Steven Roberton DSC, AM

    Session 2.mp4 - "Defence's Current and Future Capabilities" Presentation and Q&A by Head Navy Capability - RADM Pete Quinn AM, CSC, RAN, Head Land Capability - MAJGEN Simon Stuart AO, DSC, Chief of Air Force - AIRMSHL Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC and Chief Joint Capabilities - AIRMSHL Warren McDonald AO, DSC

    Session 3.mp4 - "Cyber" Presentation and Q&A by Head Australian Cyber Security Centre - Ms Abigail Bradshaw CSC

    Session 4.mp4 - "COVID-19 and Contemporary AIC" - Presentation and Q&A by First Assistant Secretary Australian Industry Capability - Mr Martin Halloran https://youtu.be/12qVC8u4Z_A

    Session 5.mp4 - "Global Supply Chain and Defence Support for Exporters" - Presentation and Q&A by Deputy Secretary Strategy, Policy & Industry - Mr Peter Tesch, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy - Dr Peter Sawczak and Assistant Secretary Defence Industry - Mr Stephen Moore

    Session 6.mp4 - "Defence Overview" - Presentation and Q&A by Chief of the Defence Force - General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, and Secretary of Defence - Mr Greg Moriarty. - https://youtu.be/pbnxd9cq01I

    Session 7.mp4 - "CASG Overview" - Presentation and Q&A by Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition & Sustainment - Mr A.P. (Tony) Fraser AO, CSC

    Session 8.mp4 - "Essington Lewis Awards" - Presentation by Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition & Sustainment - Mr A.P. (Tony) Fraser AO, CSC and Editor Australian Defence Magazine - Ms Katherine Ziesing.

    Stay tuned for more guidance on future events and as always if you have any suggestions please feel free to send us an email so we can continue to refine and deliver the best Defence Events.


    Kind regards


    D+I Conference Team

  • Monday, November 16, 2020 5:04 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    You are invited to attend a free webinar hosted by Thales on cyber resilience.


    What does it mean to be Cyber resilient? Protecting physical and digital assets from cyber-attack is critical to the future of Australian supply chains.

    Thales, in partnership with AIDN, is presenting a series of webinars to support SMEs and our SME partners by demystifying the cyber security and digital threat readiness to build a future we can all trust.

    This series will provide our suppliers with practical and actionable information on securing the digital assets and cloud based technology.

    AIDN and Thales Australia invite you to attend this Industry Engagement Seminar to hear from leaders in cyber security and learn about the current threat environment for Australian businesses, what you can do to help ensure your business is more cyber resilient. Register now to secure your place.


    Wednesday, 25th of November 2020


    Webinar commences:

    10:00am WA time

    11.30am NT time

    12.30pm SA time


    Michelle Richard, Director, Purchasing

    Ben Doyle, Chief information Security Officer

    Jeremy Hulse, General Manager - Cyber Security

    Graeme Pyper, Business Development Manager - Cyber Security


    Click here for further information and click here to register.


    Kind Regards,


    The AIDN Team

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:16 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    AIDN National & Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) brings members a presentation from Craig Gillies. Craig will be discussing the ACSC, and the importance of cyber security for SMEs and other organisations in the Defence industry. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. The webinar will be just over 30 minutes and be moderated by AIDN National CEO Brent Clark.


    Craig is the inaugural Director of the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD’s) Technical Advice and Uplift – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Home Users Section, as part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). He manages a multi-disciplinary team to identify and deliver unique initiatives to improve the cyber resilience of Australia’s more than 2 million small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to this role, Craig was responsible Public-Private Partnerships in the ACSC, where he led strategic reviews of the ACSC’s assessment, certification and evaluations functions, as well as leading Australia’s cyber security engagement within the International Watch and Warning Network and Usual Five.

    Prior to joining the ASD, Craig has held a number of roles in the Commonwealth Government, including the Attorney-General’s Department, Geoscience Australia, [the then] Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and a number of years in the Royal Australian Air Force, working in operational and command units around Australia and overseas.

    Craig holds qualifications in Public Policy and Management, Government, and Air Force Studies.


    Date: 23 September 2020


    Time: 12:00pm AEST (QLD/NSW/VIC/TAS time) (11:30am NT/SA time, 10:00am WA time).


    Register herePassword: ACSC01


    Please note it may take up to 1 business day to have your registration approved as AIDN is approving registrations manually to ensure only members are permitted access as member only events have been shared by members unauthorized by AIDN. Non-members are not permitted to attend as this is part of your AIDN membership benefits.


    This event is for AIDN members only. If you are not an AIDN member your registration will not be approved.

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 2:42 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Good morning,

    Lockheed Martin will be conducting a Virtual Supply Chain Opportunity Roadshow later this month and we seeking your assistance in identifying companies that match with identified potential opportunities below.

    In the past, these engagements have been done face to face, however with COVID, they cannot undertake such an activity at this current time.

    Further details as follows:


    Date:                                   11 August, 2020

    Time:                                   07:30 – 10:30

    Dial in details:                   TBC, details will be provided once companies selected.


    Lockheed Martin is currently investigating the Australian industry base for opportunities across a variety of programs. They are currently focussed on engaging with companies who possess world-class capability expertise in the following areas, and DefenceNT will be working to identifying and providing IRT the below:


    ·        Artificial Intelligence/Autonomy

    ·        Automated Route Planning and Flight Management

    ·        Automated System Integration and Verification

    ·        Automatic Contact and Target Recognition

    ·        Booster/Rocket Motor systems

    ·        Brazing

    ·        Cannister design work

    ·        Castings and Forgings

    ·        Circuit Card Assembly

    ·        Complex Cables and Harnesses

    ·        Complex and High Precision Machining

    ·        Composites

    ·        Cybersecurity

    ·        Data Analytics

    ·        Electrical Connectors

    ·        EO IR Sensors

    ·        Extruding

    ·        Gas Generator Vendors  

    ·        High Definition Video support


    ·          Hydraulic Systems inc pumps, hoses and controls

    ·          Inertial Navigation

    ·          Large Area High Definition Displays

    ·          LIDAR / RADAR /ESM capability

    ·          Logistics and Training Support

    ·          Motors and Actuators  

    ·          Multi-Spectral image analysis

    ·          Omni and Directional antennas

    ·          Optical/Multi-spectrum cameras

    ·          Propellants

    ·          Regulatory and Certification Support

    ·          RF Sensors

    ·          Rugged computing and networking hardware

    ·          Secure Communications

    ·          Silicon Carbide Manufacturer (Basic structural silicon carbide for large structures) Silicon Carbide for optics

    ·          Simulation

    ·          Transformers



    Lockheed Martin hope to have State Government Industry teams, relevant companies and industry associations attend an informational event where Lockheed Martin will outline various programs and Australian industry opportunities.


    With previous Roadshows, State Government teams and industry associations have worked together to provide prospective companies from their respective States in order to reduce duplication. We would like a similar process occur for this virtual Roadshow.


    Given the virtual nature of this briefing, Lockheed Martin won’t be able to undertake the usual 1-on-1 meetings after the briefings are complete but they would like to work with you to identify suitable companies for follow ups post the event that present truly world-class capability.

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:58 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Dear Defence Industry, Defence Industry Groups and Defence Industry Counsel,


    Firstly, our thanks to so many of you who have expressed interest in entering into a COVID-19 Recovery Deed with Defence.


    As you would be aware, the Recovery Deed contemplates that a Recovery Plan will be submitted in relation to Affected Contracts which have been included within executed Recovery Deeds. 


    To assist industry in this process, Defence has prepared a template Recovery Plan. Please find attached the following documents which will hopefully assist you in connection with preparing a draft form of Recovery Plan:


    1            Guidance to completing the Recovery Plan

    2            Recovery Plan Template comprised of 3 pages:

    1. Page 1 Contractor Group Tab;
    2. Page 2 Affected Contract Tab; and
    3. Page 3 Reasons (which will be set up as drop down/filter to the Reasons column in the Affected Contract Tab).

    3            Recovery Plan Template Mock-up – Affected Contract Tab


    The attached documents are provided for guidance only in order to give you an indication of the level of detail that you will need to capture as part of the Recovery Plan.  Please do not complete any of the attachments.


    Excel workbooks for each Recovery Plan will be pre-populated with the list of agreed Affected Contracts and provided to each contractor group following Recovery Deed execution.  As noted above please note that the “Reasons” column of the Affected Contracts list will be a drop-down menu that you will be able select from, and then you can chose to provide further specific information in the “Reason Detail” column.  We note that there is no expectation that any more detail than what is included in the mock-up plan attached would need to be completed at this stage.


    We believe the Recovery Plan represents the best way to work with industry to implement practical and equitable approaches to dealing with the impact of any COVID Event on Affected Contracts.

    Emailed Documents.zip

  • Monday, June 01, 2020 4:11 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce new flight capacity under the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) from Darwin to Brisbane with Toll.

    Notionally, these flights will operate for six weeks (review at 2 weeks) under the following schedule:

    • Darwin – Brisbane:

    o             Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

    o             Departing DRW 1745 > arriving BNE 2205

    o             Commencing 9 June

    What do I need to do?

    To access these flights please contact your own freight forwarder or Toll direct.


    The IFAM is not intended to fully offset the increase in freight costs to pre-COVID- 19 levels. The Australian Government is meeting a portion of the airfreight costs, however, you will need to make a financial contribution towards the cost of your freight. This cost is likely to be more than pre-COVID airfreight rates.

    The Airline rate(s) take into account the Australian Government contribution to these flights. These rates may be subject to change, please check the IFAM website for future updates. 

    Freight rates for IFAM space – applicable to perishable shipments

    Route    AUD / kg

    Darwin to Brisbane (Toll)               $0.95 – for volume between 1kg to 2000kg

    $0.85 – for volume above 2000kg

    Additionally, $20 fee per lodgment (including security fee of $2.50) and fuel surcharge of 5.14%

    Please note: The above rates are for the air freight component only. 

    Please be in touch if we can help you with any further details.

    Mark Faulkner | Export Advisor - Tradestart

    Level 1, Building 3, 631 Stuart Highway, Berrimah, NT, 0828

    M: +61 417537010 | P: +61 8 8967 1788

    E: mark@treeti.com.au

    www.austrade.gov.au | www.treeti.com.au

    The TradeStart Network is an extension of Austrade’s offices in Australia, delivered in Darwin in partnership with Treeti Business Consulting.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:26 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Growing concerns about continued international and domestic travel restrictions have claimed the scalp of yet another defence industry expo, leaving 2021 to be a big year for Australia’s defence industry expo schedule.

    COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on domestic and international travel, throwing conferences and industry conventions around the world out of order, now we have an answer for Australia’s Avalon International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition scheduled for 23-28 February 2021.

    Ian Honnery, chief executive of AMDA Foundation, has issued a letter to all industry partners and exhibitors for the 2021 expo, citing the impact of the pandemic on “lengthy logistical lead times and uncertainty about availability of international travel would pose unacceptable risks to Avalon 2021 should it continue with its original February dates."

    Mr Honnery said, “As a result, Avalon 2021, originally scheduled for 23-28 February, will be deferred to later in 2021, with timings in November being considered. Precise dates will be announced shortly.

    “This deferral will provide certainty for partners, stakeholders, exhibitors and participants. It will also enable industry to focus on managing through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, knowing that Avalon 2021 in a November timing will confidently contribute to the regeneration of business development following the pandemic.”

    “As the centrepiece of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Centenary celebrations, Avalon 2021 will have great national and international significance. Deferring Avalon 2021 to November will ensure the event serves its purpose as a powerful promotional and industry engagement forum on the way to business recovery and as a spectacular celebration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.

    “Strongly supported by the Royal Australian Air Force, the biennial Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (Avalon) is Australia’s own signature international aviation, aerospace and defence event.

    “Organised by AMDA Foundation Ltd, it is a premium international platform for engagement between industry, Defence, government and academia and universally regarded as one of the world’s great air shows. Avalon 2021 will ‘take Australia to the world, by bringing the world to Australia’,” Honnery added. 

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 1:43 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    Good afternoon, 

    The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation would like to make you aware of a range of short courses that we are funding that will help employers upskill or reskill their staff for free. 

    If staff need to upskill or reskill in order to do their job or to work in a different area, there are opportunities to:

    ·         complete a short online training course;  or

    ·         complete practical training that is being offered with reduced class sizes to comply with physical distancing rules.

    Course categories include:

    ·         Digital skills;

    ·         Practical business skills;

    ·         Emergency and disaster;

    ·         Finance skills;

    ·         Environmental studies;

    ·         Hospitality;

    ·         Health and education; and

    ·         Skills for tradies.

    We encourage you to view the list of free training courses, and ask that you provide this information to your members to consider and to share with their employees. Further courses will be listed on the web page as they become available.

    If you are aware of any essential skill set gaps or if you would like some tailored training to suit your industry and circumstances, please contact ISACNT at admin@isacnt.org.au or phone 08 7913 7500.

    Businesses who need advice on what training will benefit them can also contact ISACNT.

    Individuals who are unsure or need advice can contact the Skills Recognition Centre by emailing info@skillsrecognitioncentre.edu.au or phone 08 8946 7316 .

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