News and events

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.

 

Defence Industry Service Commendation medallion

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.

 

Montage of HMAS Brisbane, cyber operations training, Orion patrol radar, Bushmaster land combat vehicle

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.

 

Minister Reynolds addressing DMTC conference 2019

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 – find out more.

 

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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. Find out more

 

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.

 

Defence Industry and Innovation stand at Avalon 2019

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.

 

Moog employee working on Defence Control System

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.

 

Diagrams showing soldiers using exoskeleton to assist in marching and lifting

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

 

Portrait of Minister for Defence Industry Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds

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

Young male and female workers in defence industry

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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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