“Our Members have been clear about their desire for a strong peak body offering a substantive policy and strategy focus, which has the capability and expertise to advocate on their behalf to government and defence primes,” Ms Willette said.
“The decision to resign our membership has not been taken lightly and comes after a significant investment of time and resources into AIDN National. At this time, the Board has determined that the best way meet the needs of our Members’ in the current defence industry landscape is through a focussed effort of AIDN VIC’s resources.”
“We are confident that this move will enable AIDN VIC to be better positioned to pursue partnerships with other defence and dual-use industry peak bodies, and create new, focused, pathways for SMEs in Victoria, interstate and internationally,” she said.
“AIDN VIC has already implemented a focused agenda and has made good progress with expanding our networks and opportunities to promote our members overseas.”
Last month, during Eurosatory 2018, AIDN VIC signed an MOU establishing partnership, collaboration, capacity building, and market entry facilitation with the Region Centre Val de Loire in France, paving the way for Victoria's defence industry to access the European market.
“This move directly supports of the Commonwealth’s Defence Export Strategy and we look forward to building upon these successes and our relationships to further the interests of our Members. We will continue to collaborate with all AIDN State Chapters in the same way we welcome partnerships with all relevant advocacy and/or peak bodies,” Ms Willette said.