News & Future Events


04 Feb 2019

TENDER - Provision of Unmanned Aerial System Detection Device

The Department of Defence is calling for quotes for surveillance and detection equipment. Tender closes 8 March 2019.

04 Feb 2019

French trade delegation to visit South Australia

A French trade delegation is visiting South Australia 12-15 February 2019. Their representative in Australia, Altios International, has extended an invitation to directly liaise with SADIG members who may consider that they have an alignment with these companies.

04 Feb 2019

Defence giant supports next-generation of environmentalists

Northrop Grumman has partnered with the EarthEcho International to help reduce the amount of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans as part of the EarthEcho Expedition: PlasticSeas, beginning with Port Phillip Bay.

01 Feb 2019

Minister Pyne outlines Australia’s plan for Indo-Pacific region

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has laid out Australia’s ambitions and commitment to Indo-Pacific Asia’s continuing peace, prosperity and stability in his keynote address at the Fullerton Forum in Singapore.

01 Feb 2019

Sea Air Space and Gday USA 2019

Expressions of interest are now open for Australian export-ready companies interested in showcasing their products and services with Team Defence Australia (TDA) at Sea Air Space in Maryland, USA on 6–8 May 2019. Participating companies will also be invited to attend the 6th annual G’Day USA US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries in Washington DC on 9 May 2019.

31 Jan 2019

Ensuring Australia’s defence capabilities with DST innovation

Former Defence Science and Technology Chief Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has explained the central role DST plays in linking industry and defence to ensure that Australia maintains its leading-edge capabilities and technological edge over potential adversaries.

30 Jan 2019

Australia to arm new submarines with A$6bn weapons

The Australian Defence Department has announced plans to spend up to A$6bn ($4.13bn) arming its new fleet of 12 submarines with next-generation weapons, despite a potential government inquiry by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) to review the A$50bn ($35.94bn) contract for the procurement of the fleet.

29 Jan 2019

Cultural divide: Can the Pentagon crack Silicon Valley?

The gap between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley could potentially harm U.S. national security. Jeff Martin takes an in-depth look at the problem – and how to fix it.

29 Jan 2019

Lockheed awarded $31.3M contract modification for F-35 in Australia

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $31.3 million contract modification for sustainment services for the F-35 Lightning II purchased by the Royal Australian Air Force.

12 Dec 2018

CSIRO Acquires CubeSat that Detects Invisible Infrared Light

To be known as CSIROSat-1, the new satellite will allow researchers from CSIRO and other institutions to 'see' features that can't otherwise be seen using satellite imagery in the visible spectrum. Although the satellite is a pilot and relatively small, the data collected will be valuable for detecting land cover changes such as flooding events or deforestation, detecting bushfires through smoke, and studying cloud formation and the development of tropical cyclones, as well as many other applications.

12 Dec 2018

LHD sustainment awarded to NSM

Naval Ship Management has won the $1.5 billion contract to sustain and support the Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) and LHD Landing Crafts (LLCs). “More than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs will be supported in Sydney and across a national supply chain through this contract is which is valued at more than $1.5 billion.”

04 Dec 2018

Funding to help small business with cyber security

A new $10 million cyber security initiative for small business has been launched. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews said the grants initiative forms part of the Liberal-National Government’s Cyber Security Small Business Program.

03 Dec 2018

Cyber security innovation node to build NSW industry

A Cyber Security Innovation Node will be established in NSW as part of a national network to accelerate the growth of the cyber security industry. NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall BlairMinister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the Node would be a partnership between the NSW Government and AustCyber, the national Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.

27 Nov 2018

Joint AUS-UK call for materials research

Research proposals are invited from small businesses and universities to help Defence devise novel ways of integrating advanced materials onto military platforms.

23 Nov 2018

Latest Defence Innovation Hub Investments

Five Australian businesses have been awarded contracts with a combined value of more than $12 million to further develop their innovative technologies to support the ADF. These include Ocius based at UNSW and Thomas Global.

22 Nov 2018

Trade Visitor Registration now open for AVALON 2019

The industry-only trade and conference sessions of AVALON 2019 are Tuesday 26 February, Wednesday 27 February, Thursday 28 February and until 1400 on Friday 1 March. These industry-only trade and conference sessions are reserved for those with a professional, defence, governmental agency, business, academic, scientific, operational or response involvement in aviation, aerospace and defence related government and industry sectors.

21 Nov 2018

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants

Defence-related businesses may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence’s stated Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

14 Nov 2018

Deadline approaching for Avalon Innovation Awards

Australian innovators have until 30 November to submit their entry for the Avalon 2019 Innovation Awards, with $60,000 of awards, grants and scholarships up for grabs.

13 Nov 2018

Industry bodies secure defence SME strategic partnership

The Australian Industry Group Defence Council has signed individual MoUs with both the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) and Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN National) to collaborate on the development and capacity building of SMEs within the defence industry.

13 Nov 2018

Quickstep secures inaugural Defence Business of the Year award

Sydney-based Quickstep has taken out the Defence Business of the Year Award amid stiff competition from other Australian defence industry leaders at the 2018 Optus My Business Awards.

12 Nov 2018

Safran Electronics and Defense opens workshop to support ADF

Aerospace component provider Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia has officially opened its new workshop in the country. Located in the south of Sydney, the facility will allow the company to better support the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

12 Nov 2018

Defence Industry Internship Program

The Defence Industry Internship Program (DIIP), known formerly as the Defence Engineering Internship Program (DEIP), is an initiative under the Department of Defence’s Industry Skilling Program Enhancement (ISPE) package. Applications for Round 2 internships closes 23 November 2018.

24 Oct 2018

Aviation Maintenance Industry Conference for Avalon 2019

The Growing MRO Business in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region Conference, to be conducted as part of AVALON 2019 by Australia’s Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association (AMROBA) will see top-flight MRO experts from Australia and around the region presenting on the challenges and opportunities for the industry.

22 Oct 2018

Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS)

The Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) series is a technology foresighting program under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.DST is seeking an academic partner to co-host the next EDTAS symposium on space technologies.

15 Oct 2018

Chris Williams steps down as Chair of SADIG

The inaugural Executive Chair of SADIG, Chris Williams, has stepped down after 6 years at the helm. Chris has been instrumental in giving voice to the aerospace and defence industry in Sydney while simultaneously managing his own business, H.I. Fraser.

12 Oct 2018

Future Defence opportunities require agile procurement methods: KPMG

A report by KPMG has highlighted the issues surrounding lengthy procurement processes in an era of rapidly-iterating technologies.

11 Oct 2018

US Defence Industrial Base Report a template for Australia

The US Department of Defense has released a report entitled ‘Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the US’.

09 Oct 2018

2019 Military Sales Catalogue open for business

Australian defence businesses can apply now to be included in the 2019 Australian Military Sales Catalogue (AMSC). Applications close 7pm AEST, 19 October 2018

08 Oct 2018

BlueZone a Finalist for Optus My Business Awards 2018

BlueZone is pleased to announce selection as a finalist for the Optus My Business Awards 2018 in the new category for Defence Business of the Year.


Pacific International Maritime Expo 2019

8 Oct 2019 to 10 Oct 2019

PACIFIC 2019, the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition, will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 October 2019.