With discussions from Defence decision-makers and interactive Q&A sessions, it was an important event in our calendars. ADA (Vic) represented members at the conference, capitalising upon networking opportunities and further cementing our already strong base of support for all our members, including the Primes, SMEs and our partner organisations.
Overall, the D+I conference was a key event to attend, giving us the opportunity to hear from Defence and Industry leaders discussing collaboration, challenges and opportunities for SMEs in defence, alongside informative updates from various arms of government. This gives ADA (Vic) a further understanding of the work that lies ahead when it comes to ensuring we have a capable workforce for the duration of the upcoming projects, which our members can benefit from.
What This Means For You
Attending the D+I event is strongly beneficial for our members for a number of reasons:
- It allows for information gathering. Through getting in touch with the relevant people, we receive timely and relevant information which can then be sent to and used by our members to further their lines of work.
- It gives us an opportunity to advocate for the interests of our members.
- We are able to have an input into the decision-making process in D+I, which affects the long-term interests of SMEs and their ability to interact in the defence-supply chain.
Summary of the Event
Some key presentations included:
- Internal Defence Reform
- Pathways to Change
- Streamlining of Procedures
- The alignment of SMEs and Primes
- An SME's perspective in the Defence Industry
We also heard about long term proposals, such as:
- The further integration of industry into defence
- The ScoMo objective of eliminating red-tape
- The development of more agility and rapid response postures
- The development of the workforce and skills, as well as improving the collaborative atmosphere of the defence environment, through international, interagency and public/private partnership growth
- The growth of self-reliance and sustainability in the defence industry and defence force.
There was also a significant focus on services:
- Strengthening relationships between defence and industry
- Joint integrated force across the Services
- Innovation and a greater understanding of business models, understanding and their relationship within Services
Alongside the above, there was a strong exploration of innovation in the Defence Sector:
- 2019 Force Structure Plan
- IIP Scrub and Adjustments - Annual
- The movement to further increase Australia's global competitiveness
If you have any questions about this article, or about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.