News and events

February 2019

Cover of the 2019 Australian Military Sales Catalogue

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.


RAAF personnel working on desktop computers inside a Cyberspace Simulator

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. Find out more


DII and Avalon logos

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.


NASA astronaut Pam Melroy

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.


Helicopter landing on warship using ASIST system

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.


Two people from Indigenous businesses

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.


Landscape view of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra

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

TDA and SOFIC logos

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.


World map showing global supply chains

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

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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