Tuesday, 20 October 2020 23:38

21st October - Latest Defence News from ADA-Vic

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Friday, 16 October 2020 00:20

16th October - Latest Defence News from ADA-Vic

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Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:21

Airbus Defence and Space Industry Forum


Thursday 5th November 2020


The Victorian Government is pleased to present the second Airbus Defence and Space Industry Forum. Following from the first forum in March this year, this briefing will provide further updates including more information and detail around JP9102 - Australian Defence Satcom System (ASDSS).  The Commonwealth’s Request for Tender (RFT) is due to be released later this year, with responses due in April 2021.


Airbus is seeking to identify suitable Australian partnerships for its Australian projects as well as for its wider Airbus global supply chain. You will be introduced to key Airbus representatives and given a high-level overview of the project and industrial capability areas in which Airbus is seeking expressions of interest. These include manufacturing, electronics/electrical engineering, software development, payload development, infrastructure and services. The event will consist of half an hour of presentations plus Q&A.


Forum Agenda



·       Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government




Airbus Briefings from the UK and Australia:

·       Cathy Luck, Commercial Manager, Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Airbus Australia Pacific (Brisbane)

·       Martin Rowse, JP9102 Campaign Lead and Key Account Manager for Space (Australia), Airbus Defence and Space


·       Scott White, Industry and Innovation Manager - Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Airbus Australia Pacific (Brisbane)

·       Anne Combes, Procurement Manager, Airbus Defence and Space (UK)





Wrap Up/Close


Current projects of interest include:

  • JP9102 - Australian Defence Satcom System;
  • Def 799 - Enhanced Satellite ISR Capability;
  • FMSC - Future Maritime Surveillance Capability;
  • Zephyr - High Altitude Pseudo Satellite;
  • EMAC - Enhanced Maritime Awareness Capability NZ.


Register Here


Airbus - Space project details are on the ICN Gateway webpage.


Further information on how to join the virtual meeting will be provided closer to the date of the event.

1pm, Thursday 22 October 2020

The Hon David Johnston (the Australian Defence Export Advocate) invites you to a webinar briefing on defence export support initiatives.


The Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO), and the Victorian Defence Industry Advocate are pleased to host a 30-minute webinar briefing plus Q&A for the Victorian defence industry.


The webinar will provide:

  • an update on Government export support - what initiatives are currently in place to support you achieving export success, and what we are currently focused on delivering for defence industry.
  • an update on international defence trade shows - what virtual or physical shows or trade missions are scheduled to go ahead for the remainder of 2020 and 2021, how to get involved in these activities, and what additional support we can provide to you.
  • answers to questions related to Defence industry exporting and overcoming export challenges.

The webinar is suitable for all Victorian companies, whether you are currently exporting, seeking to broaden your international markets, or considering exporting for the first time.

There is no cost to attend this event.





Australian Defence Export Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Victorian Government Defence Capture Team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 08 October 2020 04:52

8th October - Latest Defence News from ADA-Vic

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Wednesday, 07 October 2020 22:12

Navy RAS + AI Strategy 2040 - Released

One of the many new strategies released this year by Defence, and a leap towards the future of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics leading the way.


The Visions

A 5th Generation Navy enabling the Joint Force to fight and win at, and from, the sea


The purpose of any RAS Strategy is to set the path to realising a RAS enabled future capability that can rapidly deploy, concentrate at a point of effort and disperse to survive – through a robust and resilient network, leveraging superior decision-making to win in future conflict that can utilise game changing technology.


Please find the downloadable document below.

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 21:48

1st October - Latest Defence News from ADA-Vic

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The Much Anticipated D + I conference is Back


While it’s been a challenging year to date, we’re excited to announce that the D+I Conference 2020 is going ahead in an online format due to COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions, with all sessions streamed nationwide on 15 October 2020 including on the Defence Protected Network (DPN).


In line with previous events, we‘ve kept the winning formula for the Conference connecting delegates with Senior Defence decision makers via live questioning during our Q&A sessions.


Following on from your 2019 feedback, the D+I Conference program (attached) has been designed to incorporate Ministerial updates, Senior Defence and Service Chief presentations along with thought provoking topics as we navigate through the challenges of 2020 and beyond. 


Streaming of the D+I Conference for this year is complimentary.


If you’d like to register to access the nationwide stream please email "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..au" to confirm your registration.


Please note due to capacity limitations on the DPN, registrations for Defence delegates (APS and ADF) are limited to 900, so please submit your expression of interest via the email above.  Unsuccessful applicants will be notified.


Registrations will close on Friday 9 October 2020, so get in quick so you don’t miss out!


The D+I Conference live stream login details will be sent on Monday 12 October 2020 and will come from Chime Live (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you haven’t received your login details by Tuesday 13 October 2020, please check your junk/spam folder.


For those who aren’t available on the day of the conference, don’t worry we’ll be posting videos of all sessions online post event so you don’t miss out.


We hope you enjoy this alternate format of the D+I Conference for 2020, and look forward to seeing you online at this year’s event.


From the moment it was established, the Defence Industry portfolio had a crystal clear focus.

It was to deliver world-class capability for our Defence Force, export our Aussie ingenuity abroad, broaden the horizons of Australia’s small and medium businesses – and create thousands of Australian jobs in the process.

In June 2019 I was honoured to be asked to take the reins to ensure our Defence programs were delivering for the Australian defence industry.

It has been an extremely rewarding experience and has made me very proud knowing my primary responsibility is to not only deliver for Australian industry, but to ensure the men and women of the Australian Defence Force have what they need to keep Australians safe.

Soon after taking on the role, I embarked on what I called my “100-Day Review”.

This was about identifying the areas in the Defence Industry portfolio that our Government needed to address to deliver on our long-term plan to create a truly sovereign defence industry.

Most in industry would know that my unwavering focus has been to deliver greater support for small business, both in Defence and in industry.

We must also recognise, though, that we need international prime contractors in our defence industry and must develop partnerships with them to deliver major Defence programs.

This is so the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, who are entrusted to protect Australia and Australians, have the best capability on offer. This cannot be compromised.

We also need to strike the right balance to ensure these large companies comply with the rules set by our Government and deliver on contractual obligations to help us deliver a stronger defence industry.

This means transferring intellectual property from overseas to Australia, investing in the Australian economy, creating new Australian jobs, opening long-term opportunities for Australia’s small and medium businesses and developing new Aussie-know-how and know-why for our workforce.

Over the decade ahead and through the Morrison Government’s ambitious $270 billion investment in Defence capability, we will achieve a truly sovereign defence industry.

This has all culminated in a new ‘five pillars’ approach to supporting defence industry:

  1. A new and enhanced Australian Industry Capability (AIC) contractual framework
  2. An independent AIC Plan Audit Program
  3. Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR) guidelines update
  4. Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) Review and its implementation
  5. Australian Standard for Defence Contracting (ASDEFCON) Review

These five pillars encapsulate my vision and approach to changing the way we support and do business with defence industry.

The first pillar, the creation of the new and enhanced AIC contractual framework, involves strengthening core AIC commitments and significantly expanding AIC provisions in contracts.

The second pillar, the establishment of the Independent AIC Plan Audit Program, is to provide guaranteed protections for the Australian taxpayer and our small and medium businesses in defence industry.

The audit program is a targeted program and the tool we will use to ensure major Defence companies are meeting their AIC obligations.

The third pillar was the significant update to the CPR guidelines aimed at better supporting Australian businesses.

For procurements above $4 million, the guidelines now define AIC and sovereign capability as an economic benefit to be assessed as part of the value for money consideration in the CPRs.

Defence has started to roll out more effective guidance to its tender evaluators with respect to AIC.

It will amend its procurement templates to strengthen the application of our Government’s AIC policy and will develop AIC-specific training for Defence tender evaluators.

The fourth pillar, the review of the CDIC, will now turn to ensuring we implement its recommendations to provide more tailored and enhanced support to Australian businesses.

Given the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that we continue to develop new ways to support the Australian defence industry.

After almost four years in operation, the CDIC has shown its value in helping more small and medium sized businesses access opportunities in the defence sector.

Implementing the review’s recommendations will ensure that the CDIC continues to connect Defence and small business in a simpler, more cost-effective and more outcomes-oriented way.

The fifth and final pillar is the overhaul and review into ASDEFCON.

I will oversee this review, which will aim to simplify and streamline contracting and subcontracting templates and remove unnecessary complexities that put unnecessary pressures on Australian businesses.

The Terms of Reference to remove the barriers within ASDEFCON, and the consultation process, will be finalised and released in November.

These five pillars are the culmination of a substantial change to how we do business with industry.

We are placing small business front and centre of Defence decision-making.

We are going to provide enhanced and more tailored support to Australian businesses.

And we will cut red-tape, processing times and costs to businesses who contract with Defence.

I am here to support Australian businesses, deliver a sovereign defence industry and ensure the men and women of the ADF have what they need to keep Australians safe.

Our Government will continue to deliver on this commitment.

Monday, 28 September 2020 23:50

23rd September - Latest Defence News from ADA-Vic

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