News and events

June 2018

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Have your say about defence industry skilling

Does our defence industry have the workforce capacity and skills base it needs to meet Defence's capability requirements over the next decade? Take the online survey to help identify priorities for the Defence Industry Skilling and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strategy.

 

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Discuss the future with industry leaders

How is defence industry progressing and where does it need to be? Members of the CDIC Advisory Board will lead a conference discussion on sector development at the Land Forces 2018 conference in Adelaide in September. The agenda includes a snapshot from the Defence Industrial Capability Plan, and the future challenges of the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. Registration essential.

 

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Join Team Defence Australia at AUSA 2018

Expressions of interest are open to attend the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA 2018) with Team Defence Australia. AUSA is the largest land warfare exposition in North America, attracting approximately 30,000 attendees from the world-wide defence community. The expo runs from 7-10 October 2018 in Washington DC. Register your interest before midnight on Sunday 8 July 2018.

 

Defence personnel with uninhabited aerial system

Have you got a way to hide a UAS?

Defence is seeking proposals from Australian small businesses to contribute to the development of adaptive camouflage for uninhabited aerial systems. It’s part of the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program and focuses on novel solutions to visual and acoustic camouflage. The closing date for proposals is 9 July. Find out more.

 

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Join Team Defence Australia at Euronaval 2018

Expressions of Interest are open to attend Euronaval 2018 with Team Defence Australia. Euronaval is one of the leading naval and maritime technology trade exhibitions in the world. This year’s event is expected to bring together more than 400 exhibitors from 40 countries, showcasing leading edge naval technologies and capabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of it. Euronaval runs from 22-26 October 2018. Register your interest before midnight on Sunday, 24 June 2018.

 

Dr Sheridan Kearnan, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy

Delivering the long-term plan for defence industry

Hear from key Defence people about the new era for Australia’s defence industry at the next Defence Watch Industry Briefing in Canberra on Thursday 5 July.

Dr Sheridan Kearnan, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, and Mr Matt Ramage, Assistant Secretary Defence Industry, will discuss the recently released Defence Industrial Capability Plan and what it means for defence industry. The plan outlines the Government’s vision, goal and strategic objectives for defence industry, and the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. Dr Kearnan and Mr Ramage will focus on the innovation, export control and defence industry aspects of the plan.

The briefing will be held at the National Press Club and is open to people from defence industry, the Department of Defence and other government agencies. You can register through Defence Watch or read about the Defence Industrial Capability Plan.

 

Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP addresses the Adelaide seminar on 15 May 2018

CDIC national seminar series

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) national Introduction to the Defence Market seminar series finished in Adelaide on 15 May. Attendees at the sixteen seminars across Australia took advantage of the opportunity to learn first-hand about the defence market and network with other businesses, prime contractors and Defence employees. Pictured is Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, addressing the Adelaide seminar.

Presentations from the seminar series are now available . Remember to check back later, as videos from the Adelaide event will be added over the coming weeks.

 

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Future science and innovation at SCINDICATE 2018

Defence Science and Technology is presenting SCINDICATE 2018 in Melbourne on 29-30 August. SCINDICATE delegates will experience technology demonstrations, workshops, briefings and laboratory tours, as well as opportunities for networking and forging new collaborations. The theme for SCINDICATE 2018 is Future Science and Innovation for Game Changing Capabilities. Representatives from the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, Defence Innovation Hub and Next Generation Technologies Fund will be available at SCINDICATE to talk about innovation in the defence industry. See the Defence Science and Technology site to find out more and register.

 

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Australian industry delegation arrives at Eurosatory

One of the largest ever Australian defence industry delegations to an overseas event is in Paris for Eurosatory, the pre-eminent defence sector event in Western Europe. Some 49 companies are participating in the Team Defence Australia stand or the associated trade mission, or both. Find out about the Eurosatory delegation and how you can get involved with Team Defence Australia.

 

Directing a helicopter to land on ship deck

Case study: Growing Aussie business brings flight testing to the world

Prism Defence is an Adelaide business punching well above its weight on the world stage when it comes to helicopter safety. Prism's focus on defining and delivering best practice in ship–air integration for their customers requires highly skilled staff to support each facet of the business. Find out how the CDIC has helped Prism invest in staff capability.

 

Mandy at Camco Engineering workshop

Case study: Leveraging a reputation for reliability

Camco Engineering has grown by 100 employees in the past five years, thanks to their high-quality work servicing the mining, and oil and gas industries. Now the Canning Vale business is planning to enter the Defence market, using their extensive experience and capability. Learn how the CDIC is helping Camco to diversify into the defence market.

 

May 2018

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Nominations open for $30,000 Land Forces Innovation Awards

Innovators in the Land domain have until 9 July to nominate for these prestigious awards. Entries are judged on their originality and understanding of user needs, with award categories including a National Innovation Award, SME Innovation Grant and Young Innovator Award. The awards will be presented at the Land Forces 2018 conference in September to recognise the highly innovative work of Australian businesses and individuals. For more information or to submit an entry visit www.landforces.com.au

 

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Focus on navigation and spatial awareness in AUSMURI 2019

Funding opportunities for Australian universities under AUSMURI 2019 will be on the designated topic ‘active perception and knowledge exploitation in navigation and spatial awareness’. Submissions for the US MURI program close on 29 June 2018 (US time)...

 

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Hear about opportunities to export to Indonesia

A briefing on opportunities for defence exports to Indonesia will be held in Canberra on the evening of 15 May 2018. Hear from key officials, industry players and government representatives, including the Centre for Defence Industry Capability. Registrations essential…

 

 CDIC Defence Facilitator, James Farell, addresses the Melbourne seminar

CDIC national seminar series

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) national Introduction to the Defence Market seminar series wraps up in Adelaide next Tuesday 15 May. A total of sixteen seminars have been presented to around 1000 participants in capital cities and key regional areas across Australia, including seminars in Melbourne, Geelong, Launceston, Perth and Darwin in recent weeks.

Pictured is CDIC Defence Facilitator, James Farrell addressing the Melbourne seminar.

If you missed out on the opportunity to participate in a seminar near you, but you are interested in learning more about how to access opportunities in the defence industry, contact us on 13 28 46 or visit our webpage.

 

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Visit the CDIC at National Manufacturing Week

Manufacturers wanting advice on how to compete and win on the world stage will have access to top government experts at National Manufacturing Week, starting in Sydney today. Joining the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) will be Austrade, Efic, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Defence Materials Technology Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).

Running until this Friday, 11 May, National Manufacturing Week is the largest annual gathering of Australia’s manufacturing community. This three-day event promises inspiration, advice and connections for the thriving sector. NMW is unmissable for manufacturers looking to extend the industry’s current growth streak, and to unlock the next wave of productivity gains through advanced technologies and processes.

At 4:30 this afternoon, hear Karen Stanton, Director Corporate Strategy for the Heat Treatment Group of companies and CDIC Advisory Board member, talk about the defence market - what's in it for you and is it worth it?'.

 

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Tech development boost for small businesses

Three Australian small businesses have been awarded contracts through the Defence Innovation Hub to further develop their innovative technologies. The contracts, totalling $584,000, demonstrate the commitment to involving Australian businesses, big and small, in meeting our Defence capability needs…

 

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Do you export defence and strategic goods or technology?

Your business must meet certain requirements when exporting controlled goods or technologies, such as items that have a potential military end use or could be used in developing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons systems. You can learn about these requirements at one of the upcoming Defence Export Control outreach events…

 

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Last chance to register for Eurosatory trade mission

Don't miss your last chance to join Team Defence Australia's trade mission to Europe to visit key sites operated by Global Supply Chain Program prime contractors BAE Systems, Thales and Rheinmetall.

The trade mission is being organised in conjunction with Eurosatory 2018 and will run from 5-20 June 2018. Participation is not restricted to companies exhibiting at Eurosatory, and companies have the option to participate in the full program, or in individual legs of the mission.

Expressions of Interest close COB today, Wednesday, 9 May 2018.

 

 

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Lockheed Martin Supplier Training Excellence Program

The Lockheed Martin Office of Australian Industrial Participation presents a virtual collection of educational and learning resources designed to help small-to-medium enterprises navigate and succeed in the global defence environment. These live webinars are on a variety of topics and include videos and links to collateral information on specific topics as well as webinar information from various affiliates. Registration is free of charge and can be completed via the links below:

 

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Explore emerging and disruptive trends in human biotechnologies

The Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) on human biotechnologies was held last week in Adelaide, exploring emerging and disruptive trends in human biotechnologies with the aim of understanding and shaping the long-term vision for Defence and national security interests.

If you missed it, you can watch a video stream of the symposium.

 

Daronmont staff in cabling unit

Case study: Tapping opportunities to innovate

Adelaide business Daronmont Technologies has tapped the opportunities and support offered by Defence Industry and Innovation programs to help keep the Australian Defence Force at the leading edge of communications and surveillance technologies…

 

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Case study: Getting ready to defend

Wisely Group is working hard to learn about the Defence market and grow with Defence. With the Australian Government investing a record $200 billion in Defence capability over ten years, the Queensland business hopes to help Defence meet its requirements and grow their business at the same time…

 

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Making it easier to do business and innovate with Defence

The first Defence Industry and Innovation programs updateline report, covering the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, Defence Innovation Hub and Next Generation Technologies Fund, was released today by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. Together these three programs represent a $1.6 billion investment in Defence capability through growth in Australian defence industry and innovation. In the first year of operations, all three met major milestones. Go to the report or read the Minister’s media release

 

April 2018

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Defence Industrial Capability Plan launched

The 2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan was launched today in Canberra by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. The plan brings together in one place the entry points and programs available to Australian businesses that can provide products or services to Defence, and identifies the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities that are considered critical to Defence.

 

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A new focus for supporting defence exports

The Australian Defence Export Office, the centrepiece of the new defence export system, was opened today (23 April) by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. Based in the Department of Defence, the new office will work hand-in-hand with the CDIC. The Team Defence Australia initiative will transfer to the Australian Defence Export Office, while the Global Supply Chain Program will continue to be managed by the CDIC. Read the Minister's media release.

 

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation the Hon Craig Laundy MP addressing the Sydney Introduction to the Defence Market seminar

Register to attend the CDIC Introduction to the Defence Market national seminar series

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) national Introduction to the Defence Market seminar series continues in New South Wales this week, with seminars in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. Seminars have also been held in Canberra and Albury-Wodonga over the past few weeks.

Pictured is Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, The Hon Craig Laundy MP addressing the Sydney seminar.

The seminar series is aimed at businesses that are seeking to learn about opportunities in the defence market. Our experienced Advisory Services Team is partnering with local organisations in each state to help aspiring businesses assess the defence market and understand how to pursue opportunities. Registrations are still open for seminars in Tasmania, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia. If you haven't registered in your area, don't miss out.

 

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A better way to get defence industry advice

If you're looking for expert advice on developing your business in the defence industry, our business advisers are ready to help - and you'll soon have an improved way to apply for their services. Our new customer portal will be online from 26 April. It's faster than the existing application process because we'll pre-fill information we already know about your business, and it's easier because you'll have one online location to see all your program documents, execute grant agreements and complete any reporting requirements.

 

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Explore emerging and disruptive trends in human biotechnologies

Human biotechnologies is the subject of the next Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS), in Adelaide on 3-4 May...

 

Gavin New, Ronson Gears Sales and Marketing Manager

Case study: Exporting to the world - securely

Ronson Gears used a CDIC Capability Improvement Grant to improve their ability to satisfy Defence export controls and grow their business with Defence...

 

Remote Imaging Systems unmanned aerial vehicle

Case study: Saving costs remotely

Remote Imaging Solutions is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for internal tank inspection, saving the Royal Australian Navy time and money....

 

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Defence market seminars for Indigenous businesses

Is your Indigenous business looking for opportunities in the defence industry? Check out the free ‘Introduction to the Defence Market’ seminars for Indigenous businesses in Adelaide 17 April and Darwin 19 April...

 

March 2018

Australian Military Sales Catalogue 2018

2018 Australian Military Sales Catalogue released

The 2018 Australian Military Sales Catalogue was released today to promote the products and services produced by Australia’s defence industry internationally. This year’s catalogue has been expanded to include products and services from 69 Australian defence companies...

 

EPE Trusted to protect: unmanned ground vehicle with ground-penetrating radar

Case study: Radar-equipped unmanned vehicles to protect ground forces

Brisbane company EPE – Trusted to Protect is working with Army to develop a ground penetrating radar (GPR) capability that can be deployed remotely using TALON, the in-service, medium-sized unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). This is the company’s first technology innovation project awarded under the Defence Innovation Hub, with an investment of $220,000...

 

Barrett AUSA pod

Case study: Enhancing Barrett on the global stage

Barrett Communications recently exhibited at AUSA in Washington USA as part of the Team Defence Australia (TDA) stand. Barrett has increased exposure to international opportunities through its participation in Team Defence Australia...

 

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New defence export finance facility

Australia's defence industry can access export financial assistance through a new $3.8 billion Defence Export Facility administered by the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic). The facility was announced in January as part of the Defence Export Strategy. Assistance from Efic can be in various forms including buyer finance, loans, working capital, bonds and guarantees…

 

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Case study: Height safety for ADF

Victorian safety business Sayfa develops and customises height safety products and systems to keep the Australian Defence Force safe. Sayfa has been working with the CDIC to increase its partnership with Defence...

 

Group photo Andrew Wallace MP and others at the Introduction to Defence seminar, Sunshine Coast.

Register to attend the CDIC Introduction to the Defence Market national seminar series

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) national Introduction to the Defence Market seminar series kicked off in Queensland last week, with seminars in Brisbane and Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast. The seminar series is aimed at businesses that are seeking to learn about opportunities in the defence market. Our experienced Advisory Services Team is partnering with local organisations in each state to help aspiring businesses assess the defence market and understand how to pursue opportunities.

Registrations are now closed for Queensland seminars. If you haven't registered in your area, don't miss out.

 

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Join Team Defence Australia

Team Defence Australia (TDA) supports export-capable Australian companies by facilitating networking and engagement at international trade shows such as the upcoming Sea Air Space in Maryland, USA, the Defence Services Asia Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Eurosatory in Paris. TDA missions are assisting record numbers of Australian defence companies, with recent TDA missions to DSEi in London and the Singapore Airshow at full capacity. Companies engaged with TDA have increased their international profiles and gained access to new export opportunities.

 

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Expressions of Interest open for Eurosatory 2018

Expressions of Interest are open to attend Eurosatory 2018 with Team Defence Australia. Eurosatory is the most prominent defence sector event in Western Europe. It will bring together around 300 companies from 140 countries, offering capabilities and innovation for the land and air defence and security community. This is the first year an Australian stand has been organised at Eurosatory, and strong interest is expected. Eurosatory runs from 11-15 June 2018. Register your interest before midnight on Sunday, 18 March 2018.

 

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Welcome to Dr Sheridan Kearnan

Dr Kearnan started in her new role as First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy Division, Department of Defence, in January. She will lead the division’s work to implement the Government defence industry policy agenda.

Previously Dr Kearnan was Deputy Director of Australia's Defence Intelligence Organisation; Minister Counsellor Defence Policy at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C; Assistant Secretary Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the International Policy Division of the Department of Defence; and Adviser to the former Minister of Defence, Senator John Faulkner. Dr Kearnan has a PhD in International Relations and a Masters of Social Science (Asian Government) from the University of Queensland. She also attended the 2013 course of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.

February 2018

Minister Pyne visits Kord Defence

Case study: Ministerial visit to Kord Defence in Canberra

Kord Defence hosted the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, during a visit to Canberra late last year. Minister Pyne toured Kord’s facilities, viewed their innovative technology in action and discussed how funding from the Defence Innovation Hub will provide Kord with the opportunity to develop their technology and grow their business...

 

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Defence Innovation Hub - committed to continuous improvement

The Defence Innovation Hub recently celebrated its first birthday, and in its first year of operations has received over 390 proposals from industry and research organisations. The Hub is encouraged to see such a strong interest, and welcomes feedback to assist in developing its culture of continuous improvement...

 

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Call for proposals: Quantum Technologies Research Network

The Quantum Technologies Research Network, through the Next Generation Technologies Fund, is seeking proposals from industry, academia and government research agencies to contribute to the potential development of Defence-relevant quantum technologies in the areas of quantum sensing, navigation and timing, quantum communications, and quantum computing and information. Proposals must be submitted by 4:30pm AEDT on 13 February 2018.

 

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Expressions of Interest open for Sea Air Space 2018

Expressions of interest are now open to attend Sea Air Space 2018 and the 5th G'day USA US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries with Team Defence Australia. The largest maritime exhibition in the United States, Sea Air Space will be held in Maryland from 9-11 April 2018. Register your interest to attend before midnight AEDT on 11 February 2018.

 

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Team Defence Australia at Singapore Airshow 2018

Australia will have its largest delegation to dateline at the Singapore Airshow from 6-9 February. Some 37 companies will exhibit their products and services on the Team Defence Australia stand, while at least another 12 companies will participate in the Australian program of activities at the airshow, including taking advantage of networking opportunities and introductions to potential customers. Singapore Airshow is Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event and brings together exhibitors, high-level military delegations, leading industry players from national airlines and airport operators, and top government officials from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The 2018 event is expected to draw close to 50,000 attendees.

Expressions of Interest for this year's Singapore Airshow are now closed.

 

January 2018

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Defence Export Strategy launched

It's been an exciting start to 2018 with the release of the Government's new Defence Export Strategy. The strategy heralds a new Australian Defence Export Office within the Department of Defence that will work hand-in-hand with Austrade and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

 

Innovation fusion for Aussie soldiers and law enforcement

Case study: Innovation fusion for Aussie soldiers and law enforcement

Kleinod Pacific Enterprises is using its strategic partnerships in Australia and Germany to ensure that Aussie soldiers and law enforcement have access to the latest innovations...

 

Theatre brings safety training to life

Case study: Theatre brings safety training to life

See how ACT AUSTRALIA is resetting the safety culture of the Explosive Ordnance within Defence...

 

Register for the CDICs Introduction to the Defence Market seminars

Register for the CDICs Introduction to the Defence Market seminars

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is hosting a seminar series for businesses that are seeking business opportunities in the Defence market - Introduction to the Defence Market ...

 

US Government announces 2018 commercial opportunities

US Government announces 2018 commercial opportunities

Australian companies with defence, counter terrorism or homeland security development capabilities are encouraged to review opportunities for innovative research and development projects in the US DoD’s 2018 Broad Agency Announcement…

 

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