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2017 Program of Activities

AIDN-Vic/CDIC Networking Breakfast Friday 12 May 2017. AIDN-Victoria offered members the opportunity to hear first-hand from the Victorian Centre for Defence Industry Capability team on the services they offer to help drive success in your business. This breakfast also provided an opportunity to meet informally with the advisers that make up the team in Victoria.


Sue Smith Farewell Function 21 March 2017. In order to recognise Sue Smith’s service to Defence Industry and her achievements in growing AIDN-Vic to where it stands today, a function was held in her honour.


Damen SEA1180 Brief 17 March 2017. The Damen Shipyards Group hosted an industry briefing to provide an overview of Damen's organisation, how they do business in Australia, and opportunities for Victoria companies to become involved in Damen's global supply chain and the SEA118 Offshore Patrol Boat competitive evaluation process.


Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (28 Feb to 5 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 has a group stand at this event.


2016 Program of Activities


VDA-Digital Members Lunch Event (Friday 25 November) at Engineers Australia, Level 31, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne. Members heard from Dr Peter Lawrence, Defence Chief Information Officers who is responsible for the transformation program which is simplifying, standardising and modernising the Defence ICT Systems, there was also a presentation by Data 61.


AIDN-Vic Special Awards function & AGM (Tuesday 22 November) at Invest Victoria Level 46/55 Collins Street, Melbourne. This end of year Networking Function was kindly hosted by the Dept of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and AIDN-Vic, and sponsored by Aerospace Maritime & Defence Foundation of Australia Limited.

The AIDN-Vic Young Achiever Award was presented to Kate Graves, QinetiQ, along with Finalists Jarrod Hayes-Griss - Advanced Composite Structures Australia; Mark Moussally - GHD Pty Ltd. AIDN-Vic also recognised members for their support over 20, 15, 10 and 5 years.


AIDN-Vic and VDA-Alliance Event (Friday 11 November) at Gippsland Regional Sports Complex 116 Cobains Road Sale. Local industry received presentations on ‘Maximising Opportunities for SMEs’ by AIDN-Vic and the VDA Alliances briefed on how they are supporting the State’s defence industry. Steve Wright from Pilatus provided an update on AIR 5428. This was followed by a “Doing Business in Defence” workshop.


VDA-Land Systems Members Event (Tuesday 8 November) at Supacat Group 43-49 Wharf Road Port Melbourne. Members heard from Greg Combet AM, the Victorian Defence Industry Advocate on the opportunities for Victoria’s defence industry. Rheinmetall provided an update on industry opportunities for LAND 400, Supacat also discussed their success with local supply chain collaboration and SAAB highlighted opportunities for JP2060 Ph 3.


VDA-Submarines & Maritime Members Event (Thursday 3 November) at Victorian Government Investment Centre, Level 46, 55 Collins Street Melbourne. At this event members received a briefing on the Offshore Patrol Vessels Project (SEA1180) supply chain engagement activities and an introduction to SSA Global. Also a presentation by Mr Peter Croser (DG Specialist Ship Acquisition).


VDA-Aerospace Members Event (Friday 28 October) at Engineers Australia, Level 31, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne. This event featured information on the Defence Integrated Investment Plan which outlines new opportunities in the aerospace sector. AIRCDRE Philip Tammen provided a briefing on the nature and timings of these projects and how they might provide opportunities for Victorian industry.


AIDN-Vic Defence Update & Golf Day (Tuesday 25 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, Golf Competition – ADA, Golf Competition Dinner – AME Systems, Golf Drinks Cart Sponsor - RUAG, Golf Competition Support Sponsors included: Able Industries Engineering, Amphenol Australia, AB Phillips, General Dynamics Land Systems Australia, Logistic Engineering Services and Vative.


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


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-VicNetworking Breakfast - Australian Advanced Manufacturing – Toward Greater Competitiveness and Growth (Friday 3 June) 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 Victorian Defence Alliance - Submarines (Thursday 26 May) hosted by the Victorian State Government. The Australian Government has selected DCNS as the international design partner for Project SEA1000 Future Submarine Project. DCNS will provide a briefing on their next steps for the Project, building on the industry engagement conducted during the Competitive Evaluation Process. There was also a briefing on ISO9001:2015 standard.


AIDN-Vic / EY Government Incentives Briefing (Wednesday 4 May) hosted by EY. 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.


Digital Alliance – Plan Jericho Briefing & CSIRO SME Connect (Tuesday 3 May) - Engineers Australia. The Plan Jericho project office provided a briefing on current programs. Plan Jericho, which was launched in 2014, will transform the RAAF for the information age. It will ‘Develop a future Air Force that is agile, adaptive, fully immersed in the information age, and truly joint’. Transformation will include systems, operations, training, simulation and personnel management. Plan Jericho provides a significant opportunity for the Digital industry to supply the required systems.

There was also a briefing on opportunities arising from CSIRO’s ‘SME Connect’ program which aligns with the National Innovation and Science Agenda. SME Connect provides a range of services to assist SMEs to access knowledge, engage with researchers and foster innovation.


LAND 400 Project Team - Industry Engagement (Monday 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 4 February) hosted by the Victorian State Government. This was the first in a series of seminars 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. 





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