Business Speed Dating Event

...with Head of Land Systems

When: Thursday, 21st January 2021, 
From 6 - 9pm

Where: Batman's Hill on Collins (opposite Southern Cross Station)

The purpose
Gain at least 20 new contacts from the Defence Industry
Register Now Here
There are limited tickets due to restrictions 
be quick before they run out!

  • $33 ADA-Vic members
  • $66 for non-members

*** drinks and light refreshments provided ***
Head of Land Systems

MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell
More about the event
In-Person networking is very important to make headway in the Defence Industry!

Furthermore, through our member survey last year we understand that members want the opportunity to do business with other members.

So... we've developed a new style of networking event called 'Defence Industry Business Speed Dating'.

We are presenting a unique opportunity to network with other members to help you develop more work inside the Defence Industry with other Defence oriented businesses like yours.

The purpose

Gain 20 new contacts from the Defence Industry

How it will work

  1. Every 5 minutes (within the networking time) a bell will ring and everyone will change who they are speaking with to someone they haven't already spoken with.
  2. Head of Land Systems (HLS) MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell and his Division Heads will be in attendance. HLS will give a short presentation and then will be a part of the networking with attendees for the night.

Tickets are selling out fast be quick before they run out!

  • $33 ADA-Vic members
  • $66 for non-members

*** drinks and light refreshments provided ***


Come and hear how SMEs can best position for success in the Australian Space Industry on Thursday, 3rd December from the 10.00am-12.00pm.

In this webinar, the Australian Space Agency will deliver updates on pathways into the space industry.


The Australian Space Agency exists to:

- coordinate civil space matters across government
- support the growth and transformation of Australia’s space industry

The session will be introduced by ADA-Vic CEO Sean Farrell and Victoria's Chief Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples.


The Timetable:

10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and Introduction CEO ADA-Vic Sean Farrell and Dr Amanda Caples (Victoria’s Lead Scientist)
10.10 - 10.40 Australian Space Agency  Moon To Mars - Supply Chain
10.50 - 11.10 Australian Space Agency Demonstrator Program 
11.10 - 11.35  Meet the member(s)
11.35 - 11.50  Q&A session and discussion 
11.50 - 12.00   Concluding remarks
12.00  - Event concludes 


Please Register here 

If you have any difficulties registering, please contact ADA/VDA, ON 03 8658 5707 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Tuesday 8th of December @ 9am 


Deakin University is hosting this year’s Defence and Security Symposium!

Due to the continuing Covid-19 situation, it’s now virtual meaning anyone can attend... and it’s free of charge.

The half day symposium theme is Sovereign capability and threats in a dynamically changing world.

There is an impressive line-up of speakers.


Background to the event and registrations details HERE



The Defence White Paper recognises that a close collaboration between Defence, Industry and Academia is vital to the security of Australia.  In the process this collaboration also works to foster game changing innovation and commercialisation opportunities.

The Defence and Security Symposium (DSS) is an annual event which brings together participants from defence, industry and academia to exchange ideas and information and to connect with decision makers from Defence, academic researchers and industry capability developers.

This symposium aims to bring together subject matter experts from government, industry, and academic to discuss challenges and opportunities in establishing sovereign capabilities pertaining to Defence and Security for Australia.

The symposium topics encompass strategic and operational issues related to government priority, industrial complexity, and research intricacy on sovereign defence and security capabilities in the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains.  With rapid advances in smart technologies, the emerging and disruptive cyber-physical threats toward the established sovereign capabilities stand as one of the critical problems to be addressed.

During the symposium, subject matter experts will share expertise and experience, and shed light on policies, strategies, and technologies to undertake the near-, medium-, and long-term challenges in ensuring sustainability of sovereign defence and security capabilities of Australia as well as in defying the ongoing and imminent threats in today’s dynamically changing world.

Please register in advance for this webinar.


Register HERE


The UK-Australia Cyber Security in Space Workshop series, presented by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the British High Commission to Australia, will run from Monday 30 November to Wednesday 2 December, with one-hour online sessions each day and a virtual networking event to close.

These workshops are intended to encourage Australian – UK business engagement and awareness in Cybersecurity and to highlight the opportunities that this area presents in the International Space Sector. Through facilitated discussions with experts in the field, companies will gain knowledge of the current Space-Cybersecurity nexus and the associated cross-sector opportunities (collaborative and commercial) in, and between, the UK and Australia.

Participants will hear from Space and Cybersecurity advisors, Industry primes, and end users. With three speakers from both Australia and UK followed by facilitated group discussions in separate breakout rooms, attendees will be able to have meaningful discussions around the speakers’ experiences and perceptions and identify possible opportunities.

Supporting increased bi-lateral business to business engagements and guided by sector leaders, these workshops facilitate international collaborative partnerships and projects between the UK and Australia.


Sign up HERE


Day 1: Space and Cybersecurity - The current Picture

Monday 30 November 2020 (0800 BST; 1900 AEDT; 1830 ACDT; 1700 AWDT)

This session will provide context to the workshop series by describing the current global space-cybersecurity conjunction, the types of threats that the space sector faces and the implications of a ‘do nothing’ approach.


  • Steph Lysaght - Consul General for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania
  • Patricia Lewis – Director, International Security Department, Chatham House
  • Rajiv Shah – Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute & Managing Director, MDR Security


Day 2: Space and Cybersecurity - What Needs to be Done

Tuesday 1 December 2020 (0800 BST; 1900 AEDT; 1830 ACDT; 1700 AWDT)

Following on from the scene setting in the previous session, this segment will explore national and international strategies to mitigate cyber related risks and create an understanding of the respective roles of government and industry in developing space-cybersecurity capacity.


  • David Livingstone – Director, Napier Meridian


Day 3: UK and Australia - Joint Capacity Building

Wednesday 2 December 2020 (0800 BST; 1900 AEDT; 1830 ACDT; 1700 AWDT)

The final session in the series will seek to identify joint UK - AUS pathways that can be exploited to build cybersecurity capacity in respective space infrastructures. A networking session will help join the right people to the right people from both countries.


  • Kevin McLoughlin – Head of Space Security, UKSA
  • Daniel O’Toole – Senior Advisor – Space Industry, Austrade / ASA
  • Steph Lysaght - Consul General for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania


Sign up HERE



Speaker Biographies

Daniel O’Toole – Senior Advisor – Space Industry, Austrade / ASA

In addition to his role at Austrade, Daniel has also served as a partial secondee at the Australian Space Agency since 2018. In this capacity, he works on joint Austrade-Space Agency initiatives that help promote the growth of the Australian space industry through international market programs and opportunities.

Over the past three years in this role, Daniel has worked closely with both the Australian space industry to build international partnerships, and also helped international space investors understand the opportunities Australia presents.

Our Next Event = 23rd of November @10am                  


VDA is a Victorian Government sponsored program managed by ADA-Vic. This is a VDA event, which ADA-Vic, members are invited to attend.

The event includes an update from Mr Shane Fairweather, First Assistant Secretary of Helicopter Systems Division CASG, and Dr Katerina Agostino,  Chief of Aerospace at DST (Defence Science and Technology) group, as well as a presentation from RUAG Australia.

This event will start at 10:00 and go through until 12:00.

We look forward to seeing you virtually on Monday the 23rd.


 Hear from CASG, DST & RUAG, register here 

Want to increase your confidence and conversions when pitching your business? 

In partnership with Marketing Entourage, the Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) has developed a five week online pitch training course to support Australian defence industry companies looking to better promote their capabilities.


Download the brochure at the bottom of this post.


The program is specifically designed to improve the chances of export success for Australian defence industry companies engaging with foreign military and supply chain companies such as international primes. The training is delivered through a series of webinars, online modules and one-to-one pitch practice sessions.

Companies will be provided with the opportunity to have their pitch reviewed by people in highly experienced Defence and prime acquisition.

The online pitch training course is fully subsidised by the ADEO.

We hope to help all companies in the Australian defence industry, although companies who have who have recently participated in an industry delegation with TDA will receive priority for the first cohorts.

There will be several cohorts across the financial year, commencing 7 September 2020, with around 20-30 companies in each.

We anticipate that it will take around 2-4 hours per week to complete the course, and businesses can have as many people as they see fit complete it together under one registration.