Matthew Benn

Matthew Benn

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.

 

 

Thales, in partnership with ADA-Vic, is presenting a series of webinars to support SMEs and the Thales SME partners by demystifying cyber security and digital threat readiness to build a future we can all trust.

Protecting physical and digital assets from cyber-attack is critical to the future of Australian supply chains. 

 

About the event

This event will provide you with practical and actionable information on securing your digital assets and cloud based technology; unpacking what it means to be Cyber resilient.

You will hear from leaders in cyber security about the current threat environment for Australian businesses and what you can do to help ensure your business is more cyber resilient.
 
 
SPEAKERS
  • Michelle Richard, Director, Purchasing
  • Ben Doyle, Chief information Security Officer
  • Jeremy Hulse, General Manager - Cyber Security
  • Graeme Pyper, Business Development Manager - Cyber Security


Register HERE now... to secure your place at the event!

Starts: 10:00am
Finishes: 11:30am
Date: 16th September
 
 
Download the Flyer... at the bottom
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:54

1st September, 2020 - ADA-Vic Newsletter

 

 

 

To view the "Latest news from ADA-Vic" from the 1st September please click here to open it in the browser. 

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..
 
 
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.

 

 

 

The 2021 Australian Defence Sales Catalogue is now open for submission! 

 

The submission process has now opened for consideration and inclusion for the 2021 Australian Defence Sales Catalogue. The Defence Minister’s announcement can be viewed here

Details for the 2021 submission process (and the current Catalogue) can be found on the Australian Military Sales webpage here

 

Members with any enquiries should first visit the AMS webpage (noted above) and then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any unanswered questions. 

 

 

 

 

ASC is Australia’s leading sovereign capability on submarine platforms, including the management of local and international supply chains.

ASC built and now sustains the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of six Collins Class Submarines and is an integral part of Australia’s maritime defence strategy and national security framework.

ASC employs more than 1000 employees across its sites.

ASC’s capability in specialised submarine construction and maintenance is located at two key sites in Osborne, South Australia and Henderson, Western Australia. 

ASC’s submarine platform capability is aligned with that of the Royal Australian Navy. ASC undertakes the platform integration of the major systems and identifies and implements design improvements through a combination of in-country engineering know-how, advanced manufacturing and an extensive local and global supply chain.   

As a leader in the defence industry, ASC prides itself on the quality of services and products, its proven innovation, integrity and delivery.

ASC is seeking suppliers, including Small to Medium Enterprises, to work to continue to deliver world benchmark capability. ASC is committed to a sovereign supply chain capability and to partnering with Overseas Equipment Manufacturers to achieve this.

Suppliers interested in participating in programs at ASC are requested to respond to the ASC Expressions of Interest on the ICN portal. As ASC seeks to engage with industry on specific work requirements, suppliers with compatible capabilities will be contacted.

Australian businesses interested in supporting ASC to deliver and sustain sovereign capability on submarine platforms are invited to register their interest with the link HERE.

 

BAE Systems Australia is encouraging Australian businesses who believe they can add value to the BAE 

supply chain to join their Global Access Program.

In response to the Australian Government’s Global Supply Chain initiative, BAE Systems Australia established the Global Access Program (GAP) in 2012. Through their team embedded across their international business units, GAP creates export opportunities for Australian companies within the supply chain of BAE Systems group and partner organisations.

The GAP team engages with program managers and procurement professionals across BAE Systems’ global supply chain to find opportunities for Australian suppliers to support a diverse range of products and services in the:

  • air
  • land
  • sea
  • electronic domains

 

To register your interest in being a part of the Global Access Program, register HERE.

To learn more about the Global Access Program, visit their website HERE.

To learn more about the Global Supply Chain Program visit the website HERE.

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

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