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Welcome to the
Australian Industry &
Defence Network

Welcome to the Australian Industry & Defence Network

Welcome to the AIDN National Website! Established in 1995, AIDN has evolved through a series of incorporated associations, ultimately merging to become the Peak Federal Industry Association representing SMEs in the Defence sector.

The Australian defence industry is a vital contributor to the national economy, employing 61,600 people and generating $10.6 billion in the 2021-22 financial year (as per December 2022 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics). In today’s geopolitical climate, this sector holds significant potential for further growth and contribution to Australia’s overall defence capability.

At AIDN, networking is the lifeblood of our strategy and purpose. We encourage you to actively engage with our network, seeking opportunities to collaborate and work alongside like-minded businesses within the Defence Industry. Our Defence Force relies on our support as a fundamental input to their capability. Your efforts, combined with ours, will only strengthen their ability to serve the nation.

representing SMEs in the Defence sector.

The Australian defence industry is a vital contributor to the national economy, employing 61,600 people and generating $10.6 billion in the 2021-22 financial year (as per December 2022 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics). In today’s geopolitical climate, this sector holds significant potential for further growth and contribution to Australia’s overall defence capability.

At AIDN, networking is the lifeblood of our strategy and purpose. We encourage you to actively engage with our network, seeking opportunities to collaborate and work alongside like-minded businesses within the Defence Industry. Our Defence Force relies on our support as a fundamental input to their capability. Your efforts, combined with ours, will only strengthen their ability to serve the nation.

How we help members

Stay informed, stay ahead

Stay ahead with our curated defence & security updates. We filter through the noise and deliver essential policy and procurement information directly to your inbox, empowering you to make informed decisions.

Your voice amplified

We amplify the power of Australian SMEs in Defence. We represent your collective interests, ensuring your unique perspective is heard by Federal and State/Territory Governments and Defence Prime Contractors, independent of any external agenda.

Connecting for Capability

We connect you with key Federal, State/Territory, and regional Defence Industry bodies, fostering collaboration and optimising Australian industrial capability in all Defence and Security contracts.

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Some of our members

What our members say

AIDN has provided Beaten Zone Venture Partners with numerous networking opportunities with SMEs across the defence industry. There is always a great turn out at events and a high calibre of people in attendance.
As AIDN members, Benelec has gained valuable industry insights, participated in constructive networking opportunities with defence industry professionals which have promoted our brand and facilitated strategic collaboration with the Australian defence sector.
AIDN membership helps us build strong relationships within the defence sector and has been invaluable in providing new opportunities for our company. AIDN’s collegiate approach to the sharing of information, knowledge and expertise amongst members sets it apart from other industry bodies.

– Rodger Manning, Bid Write Pty Ltd
The AIDN is the strongest national community for bringing together the Defence Industry that also reinforces each member’s commitment to keeping abreast of industry changes and its immediate and future needs.

– Dr Todd Hutchison, Business Education Institute
As an AIDN National Member, our organisation has gained invaluable networking opportunities and access to resources, enhancing our capabilities and collaborations in the defence industry.
CyberCX regards AIDN as the peak body for the Australian defence industrial base. Hosting an event allows us to engage with local, innovative companies who share our mission of securing our communities. The work AIDN does matters and we’re proud to support the association and its members.
AIDN has supported Deep Supplies and made us visible. They have raised awareness of our brand, products and services to a wide variety of industries and potential customers.
Our AIDN membership has enabled Department 13 to gain insights and access to a wider Australian Defence audience than previous experienced. Through the focused AIDN networking events and symposiums, D13 is more informed and better positioned to service the Australian Defence Force’s needs.
AIDN National Membership has allowed us to grow our presence and connect our people to new and exciting opportunities, and allowed employees from our company to participate in the AIDN QLD Young Achiever Award and be recognised for their contributions in Defence Industry.
Through AIDN, we have been able to continue building strong relationships across Defence industry, keep updated on how we can continue to support Defence to achieve its mission, and upskill our people.
AIDN membership has provided Encompass with a sense of community and access to experienced defence professionals to help navigate the broader defence environment as an SME.
Envoy Advanced Technologies is a sovereign software solutions provider. As an AIDN member we connect with Defence and security industry sectors and look forward to building digital success with them.
EPE acknowledges and appreciates the strong leadership role that Brent Clark and AIDN have taken representing the Australian Defence industry during the recent uncertainty associated with COVID and the Defence Strategic Review (DSR). We are lucky to be part of an industry that embraces collaboration and partnerships and AIDN plays a pivotal role in fostering these connections.
Being a member of AIDN has provided unique networking opportunities and the chance to showcase our business to organisations it would otherwise have been difficult to reach.
AIDN has supported Geodetica with establishing and maintaining productive relationships with industry colleagues, resulting in increased brand visibility and engagement within the network.
Through AIDN membership I get regular summarised tender notices and access to industry networking, defence personnel and potential partners.
Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (JEDS), a specialist Electronic Warfare SME and foundation member of AIDN, greatly benefits from the peer-to-peer networking and advocacy that AIDN provides for its SME membership.
MEMKO has been involved with AIDN since its inception and as a Defence Industry organisation, it is vital to have a voice and representation at the national level.
As Australia’s most experienced satellite owner and operator, and a trusted partner of Defence for more than 20 years, Optus is excited to be a partner of AIDN since 2023.
By being a member we are exposed to the defence Australia network, which results in winning small and large projects alike.
Being a Defence supplier and government contractor of ICT, IoT and AI equipment since 1996, Pioneer is happy to join AIDN for networking opportunities with other like-minded Members.
Prominence has been a proud member of AIDN since 2013. Through member networking and collaboration opportunities facilitated by AIDN we have developed and fostered new and invaluable industry relationships. The access and resources our AIDN membership has provided have been pivotal to our continued presence and growth in Defence and Industry.
Our membership and active participation in AIDN has enabled us to learn, and grow within the Australian Defence Supply Chain ecosystem. Crucially, we have met like minded organisations that have become customers and others, suppliers. We don’t get this from any other forum.
AIDN has provided Queensland Gaskets with a networking and collaboration platform for our business to work within the Defence Industry Sector. Navigating the challenges of the supply chain through to a sophisticated customer has been made easier through the information and relationships Queensland Gaskets has developed by participating in AIDN events.
At Quintessential Consulting we pride ourselves in nurturing opportunities for small-medium size businesses in the Defence Industry. There’s no better place than AIDN events to make this happen!
Rhodes Advisory’s AIDN National Membership has proven indispensable, providing unparalleled networking opportunities and industry insights. It’s a strategic partnership that has significantly enhanced our company’s growth and success, which is amplified with our Director being Vice President of the ACT Committee.
As a leading defence firm, Saab Australia benefits greatly from the Australian Industry & Defence Network. It fosters collaboration, unlocks business opportunities, and strengthens Australia’s sovereign capability – a win-win for industry and national security.
Our AIDN membership assists Whizdom’s success with industry specific news updates, networking functions and events ensuring our strategic decisions meet the evolving staffing needs of our Defence clients.
Being an AIDN National Member has significantly enhanced our position within the defence industry. The networking opportunities provided have been invaluable, allowing us to forge strong relationships with key companies and individuals across the sector. AIDN’s commitment to keeping us informed with weekly tender updates and defence-related events ensures that we are fully aware of the latest developments and opportunities.
Joining the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) in 2022 was pivotal for WSce. We’ve benefited from engaging networking sessions, invaluable communications, and access to the Defence Ready Seminar Series’ superb training modules.

– Paul Angus, National Head of Strategy & Growth, WSce
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