Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:18

Ten Ways to Succeed in Australian Manufacturing



AMGC has just released their new report, "Ten Ways to Succeed in Australian Manufacturing"

This report arrives at a critical juncture in the current economic climate. Our manufacturers responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with distinction. Now, we rely on Australian manufacturing to be one of the country’s heavy lifters in leading the economy out of recession and on to the road toward a solid recovery with greater capability.

This "Ten Ways" report aims to help manufacturers identify areas where they may want to seek extra assistance. It is arranged so that any of the ten recommendations can be used independently, or in combination, depending upon a business’s circumstances. It contains clear advice and local case studies to explain how to implement steps for change.

Australia can transition from being a lucky country to a smart country. We know that when Australian manufacturers ‘add value’ to a product or service it is greatly respected and becomes more globally competitive. Australian manufacturing carries a strong reputation internationally, it is a broad capability that cuts across all sectors, and now is the time to seize the momentum that is underway.

AMGC is enormously proud of its 2,500+ members’ efforts. This report reflects the achievements of successful manufacturers and we are pleased to share many of the winning formulas with you.


This report complements previous AMGC insights into what can make Australian manufacturing more competitive. It follows:

Building Resilience in Australian Manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing – A new definition for a new era
Sector Competitiveness Plan

Monday, 14 September 2020 01:49

ADA-Vic announces new Alliances Manager


ADA-Vic is delighted to announce Adam Evans as its new Alliances Manager for the Victorian Defence Alliances.
On behalf of ADA-Vic, which delivers this important program for the State Government, Chairman, Bryan O’Connor confirmed the appointment. He celebrated the significant contribution by outgoing Alliances Manager, Charlotte Morris, whose efforts have developed the most integrated and well delivered industry alliance program in the region.
“Victoria maintains an extremely dynamic and effective defence industry base. This program, thanks mostly to the efforts of Charlotte, has showcased outstanding Victorian SMEs and provided an excellent framework to support SMEs in Defence supply chains. Now, as Victoria prepares for the economic recovery from COVID-19, the VDA activity becomes even more crucial,” Bryan O’Connor remarked.
“Adam is a respected and well-known Victorian entrepreneur, he has led a number of digital and collaboration projects with VDA previously. He is well prepared to deliver the service required during these challenging times, supported by ADA-Vic. During the dedicated and deliberate handover period, Charlotte and Adam will work collaboratively with stakeholders to help position the VDA membership for ongoing success.” said Sean Farrell, the CEO of ADA-Vic.
Adam is an active participant in state and national discussions on the value of the dynamic SME base and is a highly effective leader. He will build on Charlotte's legacy and help the Victorian Government, ADA Victoria and the VDA membership continue to deliver outstanding service to defence industry.
“Victorian companies have a long and proud history of collaborating to support the national Defence effort in hard times. As we start the recovery phase of our COVID-19 response, we have an incredible opportunity to unlock this potential again. Through the VDA program we can find and connect this potential, and with ADA-Vic mentoring, support and advocacy, Victoria can deliver world leading technologies from right here in our backyard,” said Adam Evans.
Charlotte will continue to provide mentoring support to Adam and the VDA as she moves on to continue to support Defence and defence industry by growing the supply chain’s capability and capacity through the DMTC’s Industry Capability Development Program. Adam has commenced the handover and will assume responsibilities on the 1st October 2020.

A copy of the announcement is available to download at the bottom.


Friday, 28 August 2020 05:57

A message from Defence - about Travel


The information below is Defence’s approach to approval of travel,
and the Defence request for information on industry’s travel plans.
Defence Domestic travel guidance
Defence has been directed to demonstrate exemplar behaviours when it comes to the risk of infecting our colleagues, families or the broader community.  LTGEN Frewen, as Head of the COVID-19 Taskforce, and SEC/CDF have directed that any travel for Defence purposes (including by defence industry) must be pre-approved at the Band 2/2 Star level and must be scrutinised and deemed as absolutely essential.
Defence has well-established procedures for gaining approval from the relevant Band 2/2 Star authorities, so there should not be any impediment to travel that is agreed as essential. However, where there are restrictions and quarantine, Defence may not be able to support travel or gain an exemption – the State or Territory government holds the decision-making authority.

Please work with your Defence sponsors when a need for travel is identified. 

Where the Band 2/2 Star authority agrees the travel is essential and can occur, Defence will provide a letter to the industry partner that:
  • supports the travel,
  • identifies the proposed travellers and dates of travel, and
  • states Defence’s expectations with respect to industry staff adherence to COVID-19 preventative measures including:
    • quarantine periods,
    • social distancing requirements,
    • plans for symptom vigilance and action,
    • access to personal protective equipment, and
    • compliance with all State/Territory directions.
Once Defence agrees to the provisions of the Defence letter, it will detail how you need to comply with Defence’s expectations, and that your travelling staff member(s) will carry identification and the letters with them at all times.
For activities approved as essential, it is the responsibility of the industry traveller to ensure appropriate State and Territory exemptions and permits are obtained prior to the travel commencing. Defence, through the sponsor and the COVID-19 Taskforce Industry Support Cell, can provide advice on these exemptions should industry need assistance to understand the requirements. The letter from Defence does not give permission for the traveller to cross borders or not comply with State and Territory restrictions – rather it offers Defence support for industry to seek any exemptions that may be allowed by the State and Territories.
Should travel be denied due to State or Territory restrictions, for example, industry should try using other means to mitigate delay and consider accessing the provisions in the Recovery Deed if deemed appropriate.
If there are any concerns please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Defence related International travel and ‘posting’ information
Defence is seeking, for planning purposes, information from defence industry on its understanding of international travel requirements out to the next 12 months.
Defence has been supporting a very limited number of overseas defence industry personnel to travel to and from Australia, in line with the Defence direction that travel only be supported where it is absolutely essential. Defence is now in need of a better understanding of future international travel requirements into and out of Australia. We are not seeking fine details, but a broad understanding of international travel. Examples are:
Postings / Permanent Change of Station (PCS) – Foreign workers posted to Australia for longer periods; typically accompanied. If there are Australian workers being posted overseas, please provide those too. For example, are some of the big projects reaching levels of maturity where there is likely to be a requirement for new postings?
Longer term / Temporary Duty (TDY) – maintenance of capabilities where personnel will be required in Australia for longer periods – more than a month, less than six months as a rough guide. Typically unaccompanied. If there are Australian workers on overseas TDYs, please provide those too. Again, consider if the big projects are reaching levels of maturity where there is likely to be a requirement for new TDYs.
Short term / travel – is industry aware of short term travel requirements that will become due or have been delayed and now becoming essential? For example, certification of new equipment or processes, travel for warranty purposes, travel that has been delayed until conditions improved but has become essential. Similarly, if industry has travel it needs to conduct overseas that it has delayed or is impending, a snapshot of those figures is also important – for example support to Defence international engagement and assistance missions such as Fiji’s Blackrock Training centre.
Defence is not seeking fine detail, rather an idea of scale of numbers. We have our own records of travel already approved, so have some historical data, but Defence is seeking your response by COB 25 August to Mr Tony Walsh, Director AIC and COVID-19 Industry Support Cell:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thursday, 27 August 2020 04:23

Commonwealth Procurement Rules - Updated


Commonwealth Procurement Rules - Updated


Like all Commonwealth procurement, defence procurement is guided by the Department of Finance’s Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs), which includes more stringent requirements for procurements valued above $4 million for non-construction services and $7.5 million for construction services.

In order to support domestic economic growth and support Australia's burgeoning defence industrial base, the Commonwealth update to the CPR guidelines includes a number of policy additions designed to foster stronger ties between industry and the government.

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price explained the government's objectives and rationale with the updated CPR guidelines, telling Defence Connect, "These are important changes aimed at forging new opportunities for Australia’s terrific defence industries.
The Commonwealth Procurement Rules now allow the broader benefits to the Australian economy to be considered part of the Value for Money assessment.... see more here


26 Aug 2020
Minister for Defence Industry


The Morrison Government has bolstered its commitment to growing the skills of Australia’s defence industry by significantly increasing funding to its Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) grants program.

Companies will be able to apply for skills grants from a funding pool that has been expanded from $4 million per year to $17 million per year, to the end of 2021-22. 

This will support a skilled workforce in the defence industry sector as part of the federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Minister for Defence Industry


Melissa Price said the additional investment would help Australian defence industry retain and expand relevant workforce skills to support Defence’s most critical capabilities.

“This will provide more funding for skilling and training opportunities, supporting small to medium sized enterprises across a range of trade, technical or professional skillsets,” Minister Price said.

“The boost to SADI funding will give smaller businesses the confidence to continue developing the skills of their employees during these uncertain times.

“The funding will also help industry associations facilitate skills training for smaller defence industry businesses.

“Our support for skills training is part of our plan to develop the workforce needed to deliver on our ambitious $270 billion investment in Defence capability.”

Minister Price said she was pleased to support local businesses to help them boost skills needed for new jobs in the sector.

“Our Defence investments will deliver a generation of jobs in an exciting new world of advanced manufacturing and innovation,” Minister Price said.

“Australia’s defence industry had world-leading capabilities and we want to help them to broaden and deepen their skills base to meet Defence’s needs.”

There will be a further announcement on the SADI grants program soon when applications are opened to industry.





26 Aug 2020
The Prime Minister, Ministers for Defence & Defence Industry


The Morrison Government has announced a $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support thousands of jobs across the country.

The package is directed towards nationwide projects and jobs across Australia including:

  • Increasing the employment of ADF Reservists who have lost their civilian income, with an allocation of up to an extra 210,000 days, and the targeted recruitment of an additional 500 ADF Reservists;

  • A $300 million national estate works program that will focus on regional areas (including bushfire affected regions), such as Jervis Bay & Eden, RAAF Bases East Sale, Pearce, Wagga and Amberley, the Albury Wodonga Military Area and Blamey Barracks;

  • Bringing forward around $190 million of investment in approved infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory;


The Prime Minister:

We estimate this package will support around 4,000 jobs across Australia and will help many small and medium sized businesses in the defence-industry supply chain. 

“Like much of the economy, our local defence industry is doing it tough because of COVID-19. This is especially so for small and medium sized businesses, that are critical to jobs,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

Supporting our defence industry is all part of our JobMaker plan – especially high-paying, high-skilled jobs that ensure we are supporting a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry. We want to build our sovereign industrial capabilities and Australian workforce to keep our people safe. Support including:

  • Increasing employment opportunities for current and former ADF personnel and their families;
  • Accelerating the sustainment of ADF platforms and capabilities, including the upgrade of Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, modernisation of ADF uniforms;
  • and additional C-27J maintenance, which will engage ex-Qantas and Virgin technicians;
  • Increased funding for Defence innovation, industry grants, skilling and micro credentialing and cyber training for Defence industry;
  • and Accelerating important ADF capability development projects, targeting key manufacturing, construction and high-tech sectors.


The Minister for Defence:

Supporting Australian defence industry is crucial to the economy’s recovery.

“We will also support our ADF members and families, particularly any Reservists who are doing it tough because of COVID-19”, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said.

 “Already we’ve fast-tracked a range of capability, infrastructure, skilling and workforce initiatives over the next two years. This includes rolling out a number of Defence estate works tenders as part of Defence’s economic stimulus initiative package, that will run over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years. “We’re getting on with the job of delivering critical capability outcomes to Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as continuing to support our personnel, including ADF Reserve members”, Minister Reynolds said.

The announcement was made at Canberra-based company, DATAPOD (Australia), which has been awarded a two-year, $20 million contract.

The Australian owned company will provide Defence with portable, containerised data systems which can be rapidly deployed by sea, air or road. By bringing forward this acquisition, we will help to protect up to 27 direct and up to 80 supply chain jobs.

“Over $11 billion has already been provided in early payment for invoices and work to improve or sustain industry capacity for the delivery of critical supplies."

Defence will retain a great level of agility to phase and adjust expenditure of the initiatives to ensure they are affordable and remain suitable over the next two years.


The Minister for Defence Industry

It’s now more important than ever to back Australian businesses and create more Australian jobs.

"We want to ensure defence industry continues to provide vital supply chains to develop and maintain defence capabilities, as we look at opportunities to accelerate projects across Australia”, Minister Price said.

“These projects will support and grow the 70,000-strong workforce in defence industry supply chains and those benefiting from our investment in defence. We are committed to supporting small and medium sized enterprises across Australian defence industry, with programs that will support regional areas, including bushfire affected communities.”


Further details of individual initiatives will be approved and announced shortly. Further information regarding Defence’s response to COVID-19 in supporting defence industry can be accessed here


The Defence Industrial Capability Plan introduced ten initial Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (the Priorities), and noted Defence would develop Implementation Plans for each Priority. These Implementation Plans outline critical industrial capabilities for each Priority, describe the existing Australian defence industry sector and outline the actions to be taken by Government to support the development of each Priority.

Alongside these Implementation Plans, Defence is releasing Industry Plans to unpack the industrial capabilities that need to be delivered or supported by Australian industry, and encourage greater investment in those capabilities. The first of these Implementation and Industry Plans were released on 17 December 2019.

The aim of DISC is to help participants develop a better understanding of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia’s defence industry capabilities. The course gives participants the opportunity to share ideas, problem-solve, build important business contacts and visit a number of Defence and defence industry sites.
The 2020 course comprises of four, one-week modules spread over a 7-month period. 

Participants must attend all modules and will be required during and outside of course dates to undertake syndicate work.
The cost is $9000 (GST exlcusive) which is tax-deductible. The fee covers course delivery, accommodation, meals and flights from the participant’s local airport.

The Victorian Government is offering up to five eligible students with an opportunity to reimburse them up to $4500 (GST exclusive) per student.

Monday, 16 December 2019 01:18

ADA-Vic Featured in Manufacturers Monthly

Recently ADA-Vic was featured in a 'Manufacturers Monthly' piece authored by Connor Pearce. Connor's article explored Australia's efforts to build a sovereign Defence Industrial Capability.

Monday, 16 December 2019 01:07

Opportunities for Sponsorship in 2020

Australian Defence Alliance - Vic allows members to sponsor events. For information on how to be involved please see below.


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