News and events

October 2019

CEO Adam Gilmour

Case study: Gilmour Space Technologies

Gilmour Space Technologies builds spacecraft simulators and rockets to send satellites into space. The company wanted to take its technology to Defence. See how Gilmour Space Technologies worked with the CDIC to better understand Defence and access a Capability Improvement Grant.


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Case study: L3Harris-Micreo

L3Harris-Micreo provides Redwing IED detection products for the Australian Defence Force. The company’s mission is about protecting people, places and assets through information warfare. See how L3Harris-Micreo has worked with CDIC to develop quality and business standards to be internationally competitive.


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2019 Defence Innovation Hub Annual Industry Conference

Meet representatives from industry and defence and learn more about Defence's capability at the 2019 Defence Innovation Hub Annual Industry Conference in Canberra on 4 November 2019. This year's conference will be opened by the Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry. Registrations are open until 5:00pm Monday 21 October.


August 2019

Blacktree Technology antenna, CEO Joel Nevin, CDIC’s Paul Hosie

Case study: Getting tailored advice and support to improve defence business

For Blacktree Technology the CDIC has been a key enabler helping the company lift its capability and service Defence. A defence facilitator linked Blacktree with people who really understood their business and could guide them with strategies and business plans. See how Blacktree Technology accessed tailored advice and support, and applied for a Capability Improvement Grant, to improve their business.


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Case study: Expanding from resources sector to defence

Total Marine Technology (TMT) operates in the oil and gas industries. The company saw that the quality standards for the defence industry were similar to the resources sector, but navigating the defence industry was entirely different. See how TMT entered the defence market with the help of a CDIC defence facilitator.


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A joint effort - collaboration space for advanced joining technologies

Businesses and researchers interested in bidding for Stage 2 of a competition to research advanced joining technologies can work together through a new online collaboration space. The competition will be launched later this year by Australia’s Next Generation Technologies Fund and the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator. Find out more


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Showcase your business at DefExpo India

DefExpo India 2020, from 5–8 February 2020, is an opportunity for major foreign defence firms to collaborate with the Indian defence industry and other international players. The theme of the show will be ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and the focus will be on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’. To join Team Defence Australia at this event, register your interest by 4 October 2019.


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Join TDA at the Singapore Airshow 2020

Export-capable companies can submit an expression of interest to join Team Defence Australia (TDA) at the Singapore Airshow from 11-16 February 2020. The Singapore Air Show is among the world’s top three aviation events and is the largest aerospace and defence event in Asia. Register your interest by 4 October 2019.


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Book your free meeting room at Pacific 2019

We’re pleased to offer free meeting rooms for small to medium sized businesses attending Pacific 2019. Book early as rooms are generally in high demand. Registrations are also open for the CDIC’s three networking events at Pacific. Register now for CDIC events and free meeting rooms


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Join the trade mission to Japan

Austrade and the Australian Defence Export Office are hosting a trade mission to Japan on 20–22 November 2019. The mission will be supported by the Australian Defence Export Advocate the Hon David Johnston, and bring together Japanese defence officials, industry representatives, and research and development institutions. Register your interest by 31 August 2019.


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Academic partner sought for directed energy symposium

The Next Generation Technologies Fund is seeking an Australian academic partner to co-host a symposium on directed energy as part of the Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) series. Proposals must be submitted by COB 12 August. Find out more


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Market assessment of COMSEC capability

Does your business or organisation have expertise in communications security? The Department of Defence, through DXC Technology, is conducting a market assessment of current and potential Australian communications security (COMSEC) capability. To have your organisation’s capability included, complete the online survey by 5pm Friday 16 August. Find out more.


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Darwin briefing for new Defence Industry Security Program

The Defence Security and Vetting Service will hold a business information session on the new Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) in Darwin on 11 September. It’s part of an NT Government Defence and Cyber Ready Briefing. The briefing also features a Centre for Defence Industry Capability and Prime Contractors Panel on local defence supply chain requirements for cyber security. Find out more


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Case study: Building business with a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant

After accessing a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant, Mellori has improved its lab, bought new test equipment and hired new staff to enhance its electronic warfare capability. Watch how the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant has helped Mellori to develop its defence capability.


Kord Defence CEO Peter Moran

Case study: Submitting a Defence Innovation Hub proposal

The Defence Innovation Hub has been important to the development of Kord Defence’s programmable push-button controllers for soldiers. Kord Defence worked with the CDIC on its proposal to the Defence Innovation Hub. Find out how they did it.


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Synthetic Environment Working Group focusing on impact and vulnerabilities

The impact and vulnerabilities of rapid growth in simulation will be the theme of the next Synthetic Environment Working Group (SEWG), to be held at the Gold Coast on 6 September. The SEWG will be held immediately after the Australasian Simulation Congress, which runs from 2–5 September at the same venue. Find out more



Are you eligible for a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant?

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants are available to eligible businesses to help you overcome export barriers. Grants provide matched funding of up to $150,000 to invest in projects that build defence export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. Find out more


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ON Prime Defence open for applications

The CSIRO’s ON Prime program for researchers from Australian universities and public research organisations will hold a fifth Defence session as part of the PACIFIC 2019 International Maritime Expo in Sydney. ON Prime: Defence gives researchers a unique opportunity to fast-track their science or technology proposition with expert guidance from those who’ve been there and done it before. This is a two-day event for Defence-relevant teams to better understand and connect with Defence and Defence industry. Applications close 20 September.


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DefendTex wins innovation contract

The Defence Innovation Hub has awarded a contract to DefendTex to develop cutting-edge technology for the Australian Defence Force. The $2 million contract will support DefendTex to develop rocket-propelled grenade technology. Find out more


July 2019

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Hunter Defence Conference a must for regional businesses

The 10th Hunter Defence Conference is a ‘must-attend’ event for regional SMEs aiming to break into the Defence supply chain or grow their market in the industry. The conference will be held in the Hunter Valley, NSW, on 22–23 August. Find out more


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Make the right connections at Pacific 2019

How do you make the most of Pacific 2019? We’re hosting three networking events especially for SMEs: a welcome lunch to talk with our advisers about your business challenges in the defence marketplace, a get-together with international primes to hear about opportunities in their global supply chains, and a practical clinic where experienced SMEs share their strategies for success. The Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney from 8–10 October. Registration for our sessions is now open and filling fast.


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Video case study: Redback Boots

The military market is important to Redback Boots because it helps them build a brand around the world. The 30-year-old Australian company has accessed our advisory services and a Capability Improvement Grant to improve how their business works with Defence. Watch how Redback Boots has worked with CDIC to improve their defence business.


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Video case study: Norseld

Norseld has been working with the CDIC to supply their unique laser technology to Defence, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. This video case study shows how Norseld has gone about building their defence business. Watch the video


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Learn about the new Defence Industry Security Program

The Defence Security and Vetting Service will hold information sessions on the new Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) in Canberra on 15 July. The sessions are for Defence personnel and businesses, and additional sessions across Australia are planned. Find out more


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Australian suppliers finding opportunities in Hunter Class Frigate Program

Around 150 businesses attended a procurement update in Adelaide last week to find out how they can get involved in the Hunter Class Frigate Program’s prototyping phase. To attend a procurement update, register your interest in the Hunter Class Frigate Program through the Industry Capability Network (ICN). Find out more


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Defence CRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems now operational

The Brisbane headquarters for the $50 million Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems has opened. This Defence CRC is being funded under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.


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New research into advanced materials for Defence

Defence has selected seven innovative research proposals from Australian universities and industry to develop and integrate advanced materials that will provide enhanced protection for military platforms. Proposals were sought in response to a joint call led by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology, and the United Kingdom’s (UK) Defence and Security Accelerator.


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Last chance to register for SCINDICATE 2019

The deadline to register for SCINDICATE 2019 has been extended until 7 July 2019. Don’t miss your chance to attend Defence Science and Technology’s flagship partnership event and particpate in technology demonstrations, business matchups, workshops, briefings and laboratory tours, as well as opportunities for networking and forging new collaborations. SCINDICATE 2019 will be held on 15-16 August in Edinburgh, South Australia.


June 2019

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Cyber security webinar for SMEs with a global view

How is the cyber security threat landscape affecting your business in the global defence industry? This free webinar will help you self-assess and understand your business’s cyber posture, improve compliance and reduce the risk of cyber security breaches. It’s the latest in a series of webinars presented by the Lockheed Martin Office of Australian Industrial Participation in support of Defence’s Global Supply Chain Program. The webinars are designed to help small to medium businesses navigate and succeed in the global defence environment. Register now for the webinar on 16 July.


Australian Army soldier Sergeant Carl Reck checks out the Cerberus GL unmanned aerial system at Army Innovation Day 2018 in Canberra

Call for innovations to improve Army’s network assurance

The Defence Innovation Hub is seeking innovative proposals in the Chief of Army’s focus area, network assurance. Defence is looking for innovations that can advance Army’s network resilience, boost network defences or deceive adversaries about the disposition and characteristics of land networks. Submissions close on 9 July.


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Getting involved in Hunter Class Frigates just got easier

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway has been updated to include a taxonomy for the defence industry. The update comes in time for businesses to express interest in the SEA 5000 Hunter Class Frigate work packages. Find out more


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Join the TDA trade mission to AUSA 2019

AUSA is the largest land warfare expo in North America, attracting around 30,000 attendees and 700+ exhibitors from the world-wide defence community. Team Defence Australia (TDA) is seeking expressions of interest from Australian export-capable defence companies to participate in AUSA and the associated trade mission from 13–18 October 2019. Register your interest no later than Friday, 21 June.


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Boost to Defence Innovation Hub contracts

The Defence Innovation Hub has awarded $67 million in innovation contracts in the 2019 calendar year so far, the highest level of investment to date. The hub invests in Defence related innovations, with the majority of investments going to micro, small and medium sized businesses. Find out more


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Case study: Spiral Blue proves a two man start-up can enter the defence market

Spiral Blue plans to enter the defence market by developing capabilities in persistent Earth observation for rapid identification of illegal activities at sea.


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Case study: Gilmour Space Technologies aiming for sovereign Defence satellite capability

Gilmour Space Technologies develops hybrid rocket motors for launching satellites into low-earth orbit and is working to launch Defence satellites by 2021.


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Maritime Environmental Working Group Conference in July

The first Maritime Environmental Working Group (MEWG) Conference for 2019 will be held in Canberra on Wednesday 24 July 2019. The MEWG is a forum for Defence personnel and the maritime industry to consider opportunities for innovation and collaboration early in the capability life cycle and look at future capability programs and challenges. It is open to Defence personnel and members of the MEWG Community – registration is essential.


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Influencing innovation policy to address business challenges

The Office of Innovation and Science Australia is conducting a series of workshops for business leaders.


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SCINDICATE 2019: Partnering for Impact

Defence Science and Technology (DST) will hold its flagship partnership event on 15–16 August at its Edinburgh laboratory in Adelaide, South Australia. The theme for SCINDICATE 2019 is Partnering for Impact. A Next Generation Technologies Fund showcase will be a special feature of the event. Express your interest before 30 June 2019.


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Nine new Human Performance Research projects approved

Nine new studies are to be undertaken by the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet), adding to the seven studies currently underway. The new four-year studies have been selected from 116 responses to the call in March this year, illustrating the breadth and depth of human performance research capability in the Australian research community. Find out more


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Have you considered applying for a SICP grant?

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants are available to help Australian SMEs invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence’s stated Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. You can apply at any time, with applications assessed in batches every 8–12 weeks.


May 2019

Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Melissa Price MP

New Minister for Defence Industry

The Hon Melissa Price MP was sworn in as Australia’s new Minister for Defence Industry on 29 May. Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, who has served in the defence industry role since March 2019, has been appointed Minister for Defence. The Hon Alex Hawke MP has been appointed Assistant Defence Minister, and the Hon Darren Chester MP continues his existing ministerial responsibilities as Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel. We welcome the ministers to their roles and look forward to working with them to advance the Government’s defence industry and innovation agenda.


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Showcase your business at Poland’s International Defence Industry Exhibition

The MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, from 3-6 September 2019, is the most important defence show in Poland and ranks third for European defence tradeshows. Team Defence Australia (TDA) is exhibiting at the event for the first time. Poland is an emerging market that has a significant defence industry but lacks new technologies. New procurement opportunities will focus on technology transfers or imports. Register your interest by 23 May.


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Join TDA at Defence and Security Equipment International

Export-ready companies can submit an expression of interest to join Team Defence Australia (TDA) at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London, UK from 10-13 September 2019. DSEI is a truly international exhibition and conference connecting governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders, and the global defence and security supply chain on an unrivalled scale. Register your interest by 31 May.


April 2019

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Help protect soldiers against chemical, biological and radiological threats

Defence is calling for proposals from industry and research partners to take part in its national Medical Countermeasures program. The call focuses on three priority themes: point of care diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance and security sensitive biological agents. Proposal summaries must be submitted by 4pm on 6 May 2019.


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Businesses can self-nominate for new Defence Industry Security Program

Businesses wanting to be Defence-ready can now self-nominate to join the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) without the need for a Defence contract. Under the new DISP businesses no longer need separate memberships for each Defence contract, and can sponsor their own employees’ security clearances up to NV2.


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Recognising outstanding contributions to defence industry

Six individuals and a program team are the first recipients of the new Defence Industry Service Commendation. Their commendations were announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds. The Defence Industry Service Commendation recognises outstanding achievement and dedication in the application of skills, judgement and innovation in the defence industry for the benefit of Australia’s defence capability.


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First Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants

Seven small and medium sized businesses will receive grants totalling $2.6 million over the next three years to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.


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Nine innovation contracts awarded

The Defence Innovation Hub has awarded contracts with a combined value of $15.1 million to nine Australian businesses and universities to develop their innovative technologies.


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Kate Carnell appointed Co-Chair of CDIC Advisory Board

Kate Carnell AO has been appointed Co-Chair of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) Advisory Board, the Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, announced today. Ms Carnell, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, replaces Paul Johnson, whose term as co-chair has expired. Minister Reynolds said Mr Johnson, who has co-chaired the Board since its inception over two years ago, had been a dedicated and energetic advocate for SMEs in the defence industry. James Fitzgerald, the Executive Chairman of Civmec, has also been appointed to the Board. Serving members Karen Stanton and Amanda Holt have been reappointed.


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Defence Materials Technology Centre awarded innovation contract

The Defence Innovation Hub awarded a contract to Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to collaborate with Thales Australia on an innovative project to explore the potential benefits of networking equipment carried by soldiers, the Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, has announced.


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Growing the network of human performance specialists

The recent Human Performance Research network (HPRnet) call for submissions to conduct research on Defence’s human performance priorities received 116 study proposals from 28 universities. The proposals are now being assessed and it’s expected HPRnet will more than double the number of funded research collaborations on human performance across all three services. Find out more


Alison Everett, CDIC Defence Industry Facilitator

Do you know about the services CDIC offers?

The CDIC offers a range of advisory and facilitation services and grants to eligible companies. Based on your feedback, we are working to refine and improve our advisory and facilitation services, developing a more effective way of identifying which services a business would benefit from, and reliably directing our clients to the right assistance. Find out more about our advisory and facilitation services and grants.


Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty

Secretary of Defence to address Defence Watch Meet the Chiefs

The next C3i Defence Watch Meet the Chiefs Industry Briefing session will feature Greg Moriarty, Secretary of Defence. The briefing will be held on Friday 12 April 2019 at the National Press Club in Canberra. Defence Watch Meet the Chiefs Industry Briefings are open to representatives from defence industry, Department of Defence and government. Find out more


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Come see us at Supply Nation’s Connect 2019

Connect 2019 is a convention about shaping an inclusive economy. It includes a full-day knowledge forum, Indigenous business tradeshow and gala awards dinner. The Centre for Defence Industry Capability will have people at the Australian Government Link – drop by to talk to us about connecting with opportunities and support for your business in the defence industry. Sydney 8–9 May.


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All the experts in one place at National Manufacturing Week 2019

Exporting, R&D collaboration, funding and support, and Defence opportunities – you can get advice on all these at the one-stop Government Advice Hub at National Manufacturing Week, in Melbourne on 14–17 May. The event is the largest annual gathering of Australia’s manufacturing community. Experts from the Centre for Defence Industry Capability will be at the Government Advice Hub, along with representatives from Austrade, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Entrepreneurs’ Programme, Australian Space Agency and more.


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Capability Life Cycle Management course

Government and defence industry professionals who need to understand how Defence conducts business in relation to capability management will benefit from this University of NSW professional short course on Capability Life Cycle Management. The three-day course will be presented by Associate Professor Mike Ryan and Dr Shari Soutberg in Canberra on 17–19 June, with simultaneous remote classrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.


March 2019

Six people at launch of Defence Policy on Industry Participation at Blacktree Technology. FASDIP Dr Sheridan Kearnan, DIF-WA Paul Hosie, Assistant Director AIC Ms Harriett Boldeman, MDIND Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Mrs Joel Nevin, Mr Joseph Nevin (Blacktree Technology)

New industry participation policy announced

Tenderers will be required to address Australian industry involvement for all Defence materiel and non-materiel procurements above $4 million, and for procurement of construction services above $7.5 million, under a new policy launched yesterday. The 2019 Defence Policy for Industry Participation was announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, at the premises of defence industry small business Blacktree Technology. Find out more about the policy or read the Minister’s media release.


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Case study: L3 Micreo advances international defence market presence

L3 Micreo, a world leader in design and production of radio frequency (RF) and photonic products, has increased its share of the international defence market with the help of the CDIC.


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Case study: HTA Aerospace and Defense integral to F35 supply chain

HTA Aerospace & Defense (HTA) provides vital in-country services to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain, reducing costs, timeframes and potential damage for all small and medium sized businesses that manufacture parts for the program. HTA engaged with the CDIC in 2016.


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Defence Industry and Innovation busy at Avalon 2019

The Defence Industry and Innovation stand was the place to be at Avalon 2019 in Victoria last week. Small businesses, prime contractors and Australian and overseas Defence personnel visited our stand to meet with representatives from the CDIC, Defence Innovation Hub, Next Generation Technologies Fund, Australian Defence Export Office and other government organisations.


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Case study: Moog Australia looking to expand with help from CDIC

Moog Australia, designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems, expects to triple its revenue and double its employees over the next five years as the result of the Australian Government’s $200 billion investment in Defence. The CDIC has worked with Moog to align their workforce skills with Defence needs.


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Call for proposals to research wearable assistive technologies

Defence wants to better understand the capacity of wearable assistive technologies for enhancing the physical performance of the soldier. Universities can receive funding of up to $600,000 from Defence Science and Technology for innovative, future-focused research on one or more of Defence’s assistive technology priorities. Proposals must be submitted by 8 May 2019. Find out more


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New Minister brings Army, industry experience

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds was sworn in as Australia’s new Minister for Defence Industry on 2 March. Senator Reynolds, who was previously the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, replaces the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, who has stepped down as Minister for Defence Industry.


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Tap into the global startup network at San Francisco Landing Pad

Applications are now open for market-ready start-ups and scale-ups to participate in a dual civilian and defence use Landing Pad in San Francisco. Landing Pads are a cost-effective way to land and expand into major global innovations hubs around the world. Applications close 8 March 2019find out more.


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Have your say on our future naval shipbuilding workforce

Defence is seeking public submissions on the future development of Australia’s naval shipbuilding workforce. Submissions on the Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper will inform the continuous workforce planning being undertaken in support of the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise. The closing date for submissions is 29 March.


February 2019

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New strategy injects $32 million into skilling and STEM

An additional $32 million will be injected into defence industry skilling and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support under a strategy launched today by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP. This includes a $4 million investment to establish a new model of skilling grants, administered through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).


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New, larger Australian Military Sales Catalogue released

The 2019 Australian Military Sales Catalogue was launched today by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, to showcase the world-leading Australian defence industry products and services available to the defence forces of our friends and allies.


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Defence expanding future-focused human performance research

Defence is extending and expanding scientific research in human performance through its Human Performance Research network (HPRnet). Universities can receive funding of up to $500,000 from the Next Generation Technologies Fund for innovative, future-focused research on Defence’s human performance priorities.


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Discuss partnerships with industry leaders

Members of the CDIC Advisory Board will lead a panel discussion on the Avalon theme of partnerships and programs, and the implications for defence industry. It’s part of our program of briefings and opportunities at Avalon 2019.


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WA to co-host space technologies symposium

Four universities in Western Australia will co-host a major space technologies symposium on 5–6 March in partnership with the Next Generation Technologies Fund. The keynote speaker will be former NASA space shuttle commander Pam Melroy. Find out more.


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Case study: Long-term commitment to defence supply chains

BEAK Engineering’s long-term commitment to defence aviation support and networking with other businesses has secured the company’s position in defence supply chains and laid the groundwork to expand overseas. Find out how BEAK has used CDIC advice and grants along the way.


Professor Tanya Monro

New Chief Defence Scientist appointed

Professor Tanya Monro has been appointed Chief Defence Scientist. Professor Monro is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President of Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia. She has an extensive background in science, innovation and strategy, and has researched across areas including manufacturing, telecommunications, defence and health. Professor Munro will take up her new position in March. Find out more in the Minister’s media release.


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Meet with Indigenous businesses

An Indigenous Business Trade Fair will be held in Canberra on 12 February. It’s your chance to meet around 80 Indigenous businesses servicing the ACT and meet with CDIC representatives to discuss defence industry opportunities. If you’re looking to engage more Indigenous businesses in your supply chain, you can register for this free event.


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Canberra defence industry networking and exports session

The Australian Defence Exports Office and Defence Export Controls will present at a Canberra defence industry networking and information session on 11 February. Find out about export opportunities and requirements, and take the opportunity to network with ACT Government representatives and ACT Defence Advisory Board members.


January 2019

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Showcase your business at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) will be held in Tampa, Florida, on 20–23 May 2019. Expressions of interest are now open for export-ready companies wanting to showcase their products and services on the Team Defence Australia stand at SOFIC. Register your interest by 1 March.


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Join TDA at Sea Air Space and G’Day USA

Export-ready companies can submit an expression of interest to showcase their products and services with Team Defence Australia (TDA) at Sea Air Space in Maryland, USA on 6–8 May 2019. Participating companies will also be invited to attend the 6th annual G’Day USA US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries in Washington DC on 9 May 2019. Register your interest by 22 February.


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Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program networking event

Are you looking to supply into the global markets of the defence primes? Do you think you are internationally competitive and have a product or service that may be of interest to the primes?

Attend the GSC Program networking event at Avalon Airshow 2019. Learn about the GSC Program, the capability areas of interest to the primes, and take advantage of the opportunity to introduce yourself to the defence primes on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at the Avalon Airshow.

To find out more, check out Network with global primes.


New grant for Australian defence exporters

New grant for Australian defence exporters

Defence-related small and medium sized businesses may be eligible for a grant of up to $150,000 in matched funding to invest in projects that overcome barriers to export opportunities. The new Defence Global Competitiveness Grant, which was foreshadowed in the Defence Export Strategy earlier this year, was launched today by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP. The grant will contribute to building a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. You can find out more or apply for a grant, or read the Minister’s media release.


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