Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:54

1st September, 2020 - ADA-Vic Newsletter

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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.






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



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



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.



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.
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 01:06

Access to Tenders

With over $500billion being invested in Defence over the next decade now is the time to act!

The Commonwealth Government is building a sovereign defence capability in Australia, defence-related opportunities for SMEs have never been more important.

To gain entry into Defence supply chain for any Defence project, SMEs must demonstrate that they have a track record of delivery, be at the top of their industry and be innovate at this time.

For this reason, it is essential that SMEs take every opportunity to build up a portfolio of public works.

All of our members have access to the tenders page on our website; where they can find a diverse range of tender opportunities from the Commonwealth government.

While not all of these tenders are defence-related, all of them will provide you with opportunities to develop a strong and relevant portfolio.

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