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2016 Proposed Program of Activities


Puckapunyal Fire Power Day (Thursday 20 October) AIDN-Vic has secured 20 places for members to witness Exercise Chong Ju (fire power exercise) at Puckapunyal.


AIDN-Vic Defence Update & Golf Day (Tuesday 25 October) at Riversdale Golf Club. The annual AIDN-Vic Defence Update/Golf Day provides a great opportunity for defence industry to network and receive important information on current defence projects. Stay tuned for more information.


2016 Program of Activities

LAND FORCES 2016, (6-8 September) at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This is Australia’s premier land defence exhibition and a leading land defence forum for Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Presented in collaboration with the Australian Army, LAND FORCES 2016 provided the ideal platform for Australian and international providers of defence equipment and services to promote their capabilities to decision makers from around the world. The event was specifically developed to satisfy the needs of industry, government and defence professionals across the broad spectrum of land warfare. AIDN had a group stand at this event.


AIDN-Vic Minister for Defence Industry Reception (Tuesday 16 August) kindly hosted by KPMG. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne, addressed members and guests on the important new Defence Industry portfolio.


AIDN-Vic/PwC’s Defence Industry Briefing: the current and future international trade landscape (Tuesday 19 July) at PwC, 2 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank. Over the course of the briefing topics covered included: Australia’s changing international trade; Tax, risk & regulatory supply chain optimisation, Current existing trade facilitation schemes of relevance to the defence industry, including info on Australian Trusted Trader programme.


Thales Land 400 Industry Engagement Day (Thursday 9 June) at Thales Bendigo. Representatives from General Dynamic Land Systems Australia (GDLS-A), General Dynamic Land Systems Canada (GDLS-C), Thales and Kongsberg were on hand to present LAND 400 opportunities to AIDN-Vic members, and engage with suppliers while they viewed the LAV(CRV). Briefing topics included an overview of the Land 400 program, opportunities for Australian Industry, details on how to become a Land 400 supplier and international supply chain opportunities.


AIDN-Vic Networking Breakfast - Australian Advanced Manufacturing – Toward Greater Competitiveness and Growth (Friday 3rd June 2016) Matthew Flinders Hotel.

Over 80 AIDN-Vic members and guests appreciated Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), presentation on the Centre’s key priorities and how the Centre works. He also discussed its Sector Competitiveness Plan, and ways the AMGC will engage global organisations with domestic advanced manufacturers for greater collaboration and supply chain opportunities.


BAE Systems LAND 400 - Industry Engagement Event (Thursday 2 June) - BAE Systems Australia enabled AIDN-Vic members to explore the wealth of opportunity that BAE LAND 400 program will generate for innovative and energetic Australian companies … while also giving them an up-close-and-personal encounter with the AMV35.


AIDN-Vic / EY Government Incentives Briefing (Wednesday 4th May 2016) EY, Level 23, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. The EY government incentives briefing provided:

·        An update on the range of Federal and State Government funds available to support AIDN-Vic members. This included a discussion about the policy behind the government fund, types of activities and costs supported, the application process and timing and what to look out for when applying.

·        A detailed review of recent cases and regulator guidance concerning the R&D Tax Incentive (concerning purpose of R&D activities, ownership of results and substantiation), as well as discussion on the Issues Paper recently released raising the possibility of changes to the program.

·        An opportunity to reflect on the Federal Budget (released on 3rd May 2016), and highlight key impacts of the Budget (and last year’s Innovation Statement) on Federal Government incentive programs.


LAND 400 Project Team - Industry Engagement 2 May) – Engineers Australia. The LAND 400 Project Team hosted this event which was led by Deloitte, and supported by Brigadier Greg McGlone, Director General Combined Arms Fighting System, and Mr Antoine Le Reveur, Project Director LAND 400 Phase 2.

The Project has initiated a program of engagement with Defence industry representative organisations and State Government bodies in order to seek feedback on how to improve opportunities for Australian industry in the LAND 400 program more broadly, and the upcoming Risk Mitigation Activities phase of LAND 400 Phase 2 specifically.


Bidwrite seminar on Winning Tenders in Defence Breakfast (Wednesday 2 March) at the Matthew Flinders Hotel. Over 70 AIDN-Vic members and guests appreciated Bidwrite’s sponsored event. Guest speakers covered ‘Winning through Tendering and Engaging’ within ‘Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS Supply Chain’.

Why attend?

• Learn about the four key factors to winning Defence tenders

• Recognise how to position your company for success

• Understand the most common mistakes made when tendering

• Know how to engage with Lockheed Martin IS&GS

• Establish valuable new network connections

At this breakfast AIDN-Vic also launched its Victorian Defence Alliance – Digital.
DCNS Innovation Seminar (Thursday 4th February) at Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street Melbourne. This was the first in a series to be held across Australia, it gave the opportunity for organisations to gain an understanding of the emerging opportunities and contribute to the long-term (strategic) environment in which their organisation needs to operate, also attending this seminar was a trade mission from France with 16 companies from the Toulon and Brittany regions. 
2015 Program of Activities

AIDN-Vic VDA-Maritime briefing (Tuesday 15 December) at Engineers Australia. This briefing included a presentation from Maritime Systems Division, CASG on the status of the surface ship projects by Paddy Fitzpatrick.


AIDN-Vic Special Awards event/reception & AGM (Monday 7 December) Victorian Investment Centre Level 46/55 Collins Street, Melbourne. This end of year Networking Function was kindly hosted by the Victorian Government. The AIDN-Vic Young Achiever Awards were presented, along with member recognition certificates. The Hon Mal Brough, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science and The Victorian Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio were guest speakers. The Australian Maritime & Defence Foundation of Australia was the major sponsor for this event.


AIDN-Vic VDA-Land Systems Team Sentinel Network Event (Friday 20 November) Victorian Investment Centre Level 46/55 Collins Street, Melbourne. Team Sentinel outlined the Australian Made, Mission Ready offer for the Land 400 Phase 2 tender. Thales also briefed members on the status of the Hawkei program. VDA-Land Systems provided members with a brief update on land related projects and web site updates.


AIDN-Vic Defence Update & Golf Day (Tuesday 27 October) at Riversdale Golf Club. The annual AIDN-Vic Defence Update/Golf Day provided a great opportunity for defence industry to network and receive important information on current defence projects. We also appreciated the support of the sponsors, Merchandise Sponsor – Marand, Lunch Sponsor – EFIC, Golf Drinks Cart Sponsor - Logie-Smith Lanyon, Golf Competition Support Sponsors included: Logistic Engineering Services and General Dynamics Land Systems Australia.


Puckapunyal Fire Power Day (Wednesday 21 October) AIDN-Vic secured 12 places for members to witness Exercise Chong Ju (fire power exercise) at Puckapunyal.


AIDN-Vic networking breakfast was kindly hosted by OBJECTIVE3D together with SIMUSERV (Friday 16 October) at the Objective3D Additive Manufacturing Centre, 33-35 Yazaki Way, Carrum Downs. Members discovered how Simulation Technology and Additive Manufacturing processes are being established to meet the stringent requirements of the aerospace and defence industry and how products can achieve structural integrity and reliability which is critical in those sectors.


The State Government of Victoria and Northrop Grumman Australia supplier conference (Monday 12 October) at Level 46, 55 Collins Street Melbourne. Members received a presentation by Cheryl Smythe to Victoria’s Defence Suppliers, on How to Achieve Enhanced Shared Services and A Concept for Covering NRE Costs.


Japanese Government and Industry briefing on the SEA1000 Future Submarine Program (Friday 9 October) at Level 46, 55 Collins Street Melbourne. The Japanese Government and Industry held an industry briefing for the Future Submarine SEA 100 Program. The briefing provided Australian companies with the Japanese Governments approach to the CEP and Japanese Industry’s supply chain management for future co-operation. One on one meetings were also provided.


Pacific 2015 (6-8 October 2015) Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island Sydney. Pacific 2015 was a comprehensive showcase of the latest developments in naval, underwater and commercial maritime technology. Pacific 2015 also featured a number of timely and highly informative industry conferences and seminars. AIDN had a group stand at this event.


Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) Industry Day (Tuesday 28th April) at Level 46, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC  08:30 (for 09:00) - 13:45 for their SEA 1654 Phase 3, Maritime Operational Support Capability (MOSC) Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) which is being held in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.  

 AIDN-Vic Breakfast Resilient PLM & Future Manufacturing (Thursday 26 March) at the Matthew Flinders Hotel. Malcolm Abell & Brian Pye, Matrix Applied Computing, briefed members and guests on the benefits of using open source technology for product lifecycle management and configuration management - over a closed architecture approach which over time requires costly customisation to meet future business needs. The key for longevity for an organisation is resilience, as change takes place.   

AIDN-Vic VDA-Land Systems Land Projects briefing (Friday 20 March) Level 46/55 Collins Street, Melbourne. This event provided information on how companies can connect to the Global Supply Chains of the defence primes in Australia.  Kindly hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. This was a briefing on the latest Land projects, with the opportunity to hear from some of the primes involved.


ADIN-Vic Breakfast Lean Design (Tuesday 10 March) at the Matthew Flinders Hotel. Gary Stewart, Managing Director, Lean Design Australia briefed members and guests on the benefits of taking a Toyota Lean Design approach - over a Lean Manufacturing approach.


Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (24 Feb to 1 March) Avalon Airport. The highly acclaimed Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition has a long standing reputation as one of the largest and most comprehensive events of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. AIDN National had a group stand at this event.


AIDN-Vic VDA-Land Systems Land 400 briefing (Wednesday 4 February) Level 46/55 Collins Street, Melbourne. Kindly hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. This was a briefing on the latest information in regards to Land 400.



General Comments

Members are provided with information about Defence opportunities and activities in a timely manner.

The “one on one” discussions organised with the presenters have proved to be a significantly beneficial innovation. Anecdotal feedback is that SME’s who have been trying for a long time to break into Primes are now having the opportunity to speak to the “right” people to tell them of their capabilities.


The presentations are a two way process. It is known that Primes are learning about local capabilities that they did not know existed.


AIDN is a member of the Ai Group Defence Council.  Also AIDN has representation on a wide range of Defence Fora so that it can represent the views of Defence SME’s when Defence is considering its industry policies.


Another advantage of belonging to AIDN-Vic is that your company's capabilities will be brought to the attention of visiting international organisations, when they approach our network to find out about Victoria's Industry capability.  Approaches for presentations by these companies have come about because of our growing reputation.




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