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A more secure Australia through enhancing industry and defence capability.

How we help members:

  • Assist members in their dealings with the Australian Government (including Government Departments) and Defence prime contractors.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of Australian Government and prime contractor defence and security-related policy and procurement information to members.
  • Represent members in the presentation of a consolidated Australian SME view, independent of federal or sectoral interests, to both Federal and State/Territory Governments and Defence Prime Contractors.
  • Facilitate networking between Federal, State/Territory and regional Defence Industry bodies aimed to optimise Australian industrial capability/content in all Defence and Security-related contracts.
  • Assist in the development of policies focused on SMEs operating in the Defence and Security sectors. 
  • Actively advocate to Federal and State/Territory Governments, Prime Contractors and Government departments such as Defence and Border Force in order to maximise the opportunities for Australian SMEs.
  • Provide members an opportunity for networking (including at non AIDN-led exhibitions and conferences) - facilitating collaboration between members to supply greater capacity and capability to the Australian Defence Forces and security agencies.
  • Inform members of available training relevant to their business needs.

Core Strategies

Advocacy: AIDN National, through understanding the National industry’s view, will represent SMEs by providing a “Voice” for their issues and concerns and promoting members capabilities.

Representation: AIDN National will provide leadership and build and maintain key partnerships at local, national and international level, through influencing national policy and strategy and maintaining key relationships with political and Government decision makers.

Member Services: AIDN National, acting as a central point of coordination, will service its chapters and their members through providing relevant information and awareness on the defence and security environments, opportunities for collaboration and engagement and Governance oversight.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (AEDT)

    The Australian Sovereign Capability Showcase is the Defence Industry event to showcase sovereign capability directly to the Australian Government. It will highlight the Australian defence industry sovereign platforms, equipment, services and technologies that are increasingly in demand by the Australian Government and our coalition allies.

    The Australian Sovereign Capability Showcase will be the industry event for manufacturers, systems integrators and maintenance and logistics specialists operating across the full spectrum of land, air and maritime warfare, to speak directly to the Australian Government about domestic sovereign capability and sovereign supply chains.

    This event will showcase how SMEs and Primes work in Australia to deliver sovereign capability and effect across:

    » Armoured, transport and utility vehicles

    » Weapon systems and ordnance

    » Unmanned Systems

    » Helicopters

    » Amphibious ships and watercraft

    » Strategic and battlefield logistics

    » Combat engineering

    » Component design and manufacture

    » Tactical and strategic communications

    » Command and Control (C2)

    » Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)

    » Maintenance and Upgrades

    » Training and Simulation


    The Policy Symposium will be an opportunity to discuss and explore ideas and initiatives around Australia’s Sovereign Capabilities. You will hear from leaders in the Defence and Defence Industry Portfolios, along with key decision makers across all aspects of defence industry.

    Confirmed Policy Symposium Speakers include:

    Hon Pat Conroy MP - Minister for Defence Industry

    Mr Greg Moriarty - Secretary of the Department of Defence of Australia

    Mr Chris Deeble AO, CSC - Deputy Secretary of Capability and Sustainment Group

    Hon Andrew Hastie MP - Shadow Minister for Defence

    Hon Karen Andrews MP - Shadow Minister for Home Affairs

    Invited Policy Symposium Speakers include:

    Hon Clare O’Neil MP - Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security

    Hon Ed Husic MP - Minister for Industry and Science

    Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP - Assistant Minister for Defence, Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

    General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC - Chief of the Defence Force

    Liz Cosson AM, CSC - Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

    To Register to attend the Australian Sovereign Capability Showcase CLICK HERE

Past events

Thursday, April 21, 2022 QLD Members Meeting
Thursday, March 31, 2022 AIDN VIC Networking Event
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 WEBINAR: Deep Dive on Defence Contract Terms
Thursday, March 17, 2022 QLD Members Meeting
Wednesday, March 02, 2022 AIDN NSW 27th Anniversary Dinner
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 AIDN National Gala Dinner
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 AIDN NSW Young Achiever Lunch
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 AIDN QLD Annual Gala Dinner
Friday, November 05, 2021 WA Defence Industry 2021 Gala Dinner
Thursday, May 06, 2021 AIDN NSW 27th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, March 25, 2021 AIDN NSW March Function
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Battleplan to Landforces
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 AIDN National Gala Dinner 2021
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 ADM Congress
Monday, October 26, 2020 The Road To Land Forces
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 Effective Quad Chart Design
Thursday, October 01, 2020 Defence Industry Essentials
Thursday, September 03, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfast - Cairns
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfast - Ipswich
Thursday, August 27, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfast - Sunshine Coast
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfasts - Bundaberg
Thursday, July 09, 2020 WEBINAR: ASEAN e-commerce – Accessing 650 million consumers
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 NAVAL SHIPBUILDING COLLEGE WEBINAR SERIES: Trades – A world of Opportunity
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Singapore Airshow 2020
Friday, November 08, 2019 Defence Ipswich Supply Chain Opportunities Symposium 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019 Capricorn Major Projects Forum
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 Navigating the Evaluation Process to Build Better Tender Responses
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 AIDN/Thales Networking Function
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 Are you Defence Ready
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards

AIDN (Australian Industry & Defence Network)

is proud to announce we are the winner for the

Defence Connect Awards for

Industry Association of the Year 2020!

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