News & Future Events


02 Jul 2018

Australian Space Agency launches operations

"Australia’s Space Agency has been formed on 1 July 2018. To each and every one of you who has helped make this a reality. Our team will do our very best to serve our nation and your vision.

We look forward to building a space agency of which all Australians can be proud".

Dr Megan Clark AC
Head | Australian Space Agency

28 Jun 2018

PODCAST | Next Generation Technologies Fund | 12 months on

PODCAST: The Next Generation Technologies Fund has enabled DST to tap into a greater number of resources like universities and industry partners with the ability to do research that could have a big impact on Defence capability in the future.

27 Jun 2018

Northrop Grumman expands Youth Cyber Education Program to include Australia

Global aerospace and cyber security leader Northrop Grumman, in conjunction with the Australian government, has announced the expansion of the Youth Cyber Education Program into Australia with CyberTaipan.

26 Jun 2018

Australia to Purchase Triton Aircraft System, Delivering Unprecedented Maritime Domain Awareness

The Australian Department of Defence­ officially announced its plan on June 26, 2018 to purchase the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built Triton aircraft system, further cementing the company’s commitment to a longstanding U.S. ally.

25 Jun 2018


The Autonomous Warrior 2018 activity to be held in Jervis Bay in November provides industry with an opportunity to display and exhibit innovations in autonomous and unmanned systems or technologies that could support ADF operations such as combat at sea, regional security, military support and amphibious action.

Call for Expressions of Interest
The Department of Defence (Defence) invites industry and research organisations to register their interest in displaying and exhibiting their innovative, new or emerging autonomous and unmanned technology in the Industry Dynamic Exhibition to be held at Autonomous Warrior 2018.

21 Jun 2018

Defence Industry Skilling Survey

The Department of Defence is conducting an online defence industry skilling survey to gather sectoral data about defence industry skills and workforce issues.

21 Jun 2018

Land 400 Phase 3 - consulting with industry

Industry feedback received from the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability tender process consistently indicated a preference to comment on proposed broad timelines prior to the release of the LAND 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender (RFT).

Industry now has an opportunity to comment on the LAND 400 Phase 3 indicative timeline and draft RFT. Defence will receive all feedback electronically, until 9 July 2018.

19 Jun 2018

Defence seeking UAS signature reduction concepts

Defence is seeking proposals to reduce the visual and acoustic signatures of UAS from ground-based observation (Defence).

18 Jun 2018

Euronaval, Paris 2018 - EOI to Attend

Companies wishing to attend Euronaval 2018 as part of Team Defence Australia should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Exports team in the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

18 Jun 2018

Call for Papers for DST International Conference

DST has called for papers for a complimentary conference to be held in conjunction with Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide. The International Conference on Science and Innovation for Land Power 2018 (ICSILP 2018) will be held on 5 and 6 September.

18 Jun 2018

DIN Call for Seed Project EOIs

Defence Innovation Network would once again encourage SMEs to submit research proposals for matched co-funding up to $50,000 for projects of direct relevance to the current needs of defence SMEs in NSW. We strongly encourage SADIG members to apply. DIN offers a one door access to seven leading universities in NSW, and SMEs should feel free to contact us should they require assistance to make links to world experts from within our member universities.

14 Jun 2018

Defence seeks innovative concepts re unmanned aerial systems

Defence is inviting Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to submit proposals for new technologies to protect Australian small, fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by making them harder to detect.

13 Jun 2018

More Unmanned Ground Vehicles for Australian Army

The Australian Army’s next step in the development and acquisition of robotics and autonomous systems to support Australian soldiers was unveiled today.

13 Jun 2018

M1 CubeSat Nears Launch

Australia’s M1 CubeSat satellite is going through its final testing phase at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space Centre before its planned launch in September 2018, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 7 June.

04 Jun 2018

CDIC Introduction to Defence Seminars

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) conducted a national series of Introduction to the defence market seminars from March to May 2018. Sixteen seminars were presented, covering all capital cities and key regional areas.

29 May 2018

Exciting opportunity for fully funded PhD projects: call for EOIs

Defence Innovation Network, through its association of seven leading universities in NSW, is offering 14 PhD scholarships, being two at each member university. We seek EOIs for PhD project proposals from defence and defence companies and would like to invite SADIG members to submit project proposals on the attached template. Applicants should read the accompanying notes too.

28 May 2018

Defence key to ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for western Sydney

Aerospace and defence businesses are being encouraged to invest in what has been dubbed the NSW ‘Aerotropolis’ as federal, state and local governments agree to spend $20 billion on the 10,000-hectare greenfield site around Badgerys Creek airport.

18 May 2018

Nominations open for $30,000 Defence Innovation Awards

Innovative individuals and companies in the Land domain have until July 9 to enter the 2018 Land Forces Industry Innovation Awards, to be presented at the Land Forces 2018 conference and exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre from September 4 to 6.

15 May 2018


Thomas Global Systems announced at the recent 2018 AMC/AEEC General Session in Dallas, Texas that Boeing 757, 767 and 737 operators have a new option for sustaining their existing flight decks while simultaneously increasing reliability, reducing maintenance costs and providing for additional capability—the TFD-7000 Series CRT-to-LCD Upgrade.

15 May 2018

New Defence Innovation Hub contracts

Three Australian businesses have been awarded contracts through the Defence Innovation Hub to further develop innovative technologies to maintain a war fighting advantage. Sydney-based AMCE is one of the three.

12 May 2018

Australian tech accelerators Startmate and Moonshot announce partnership

Startmate is joining forces with Moonshot, to supercharge the best space-tech startups in Australia.

09 May 2018

Budget 2018 - Aerospace measures

The Federal Government has announced $41 million of funding to kickstart the Australian space sector over the next four years. The surprise in the budget is the around $260 million investment in applying satellite data to Australia – mostly in precise positioning but also in satellite imagery.

07 May 2018

Defence Industry & Innovation Programs Update Report 2017

This document reports on the progress of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, the Defence Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund. Together these programs represent a $1.6 billion investment in Defence capability through growth in Australian defence industry and innovation.

07 May 2018

Imagine conductive textile selected for global display by Materials Connexion

Imagine Intelligent Materials has been selected by Materials Connexion to participate in its New York flagship showroom, which displays the newest and most exciting materials to a wide audience of designers and engineers of all disciplines.

03 May 2018

Department of Defence Survey to determine Australian Industry Capability to Support Future Tactical UAS

Land 129 Ph 3 - Department of Defence is conducting a survey to determine Australian industry capability to support future Tactical UAS. The survey has been developed to provide an opportunity for Australian industry to engage with Defence at an early stage and to indicate what capability is in the TUAS space in support of the upcoming Gate 1 and Gate 2 business case submissions.

03 May 2018

Big year for Steber International

2018 is destined to be one of the biggest and busiest for leading Australian boat manufacturer, Steber International.

30 Apr 2018

Inquiry into access to Free Trade Agreements by SMEs

On Thursday, 15 February 2018 the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade resolved to inquire into and report on Access to free trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises.

25 Apr 2018

Key defence industry policy initiatives launched

The government’s vision to grow a strong, resilient and internationally competitive Australian defence industry to support our national security received a major boost today with Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP opening the Australian Defence Export Office in Canberra.

24 Apr 2018

Defence Innovation Network extension of application deadline for Seed Projects

Due to technical problems experienced in the first call out to some SMEs in NSW, the Defence Innovation Network is offering an extension on the deadline for submission of proposals for its 1:1 matched co-funded Seed Projects. The new deadline is 14 May 2018.

23 Apr 2018

2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan released

The first ever Defence Industrial Capability Plan has been released, outlining Australia’s long-term vision and objectives for Australia’s defence industry, and how the Government and Defence will partner with industry to achieve that vision.

11 Apr 2018

Defence Partners with JAR Aerospace and USyd

The Australian Army has partnered with the Defence Innovation Hub to award three innovation contracts to Australian industry and research organisations to develop a next generation Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) for use by Australian soldiers.

11 Apr 2018

XTEK wins another million dollar contract with Australia Defence Force

XTEK Ltd (ASX:XTE) has received a purchase order from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) worth A$1.4 million.

10 Apr 2018

Qantas AVRO Accelerator launched

The second Qantas AVRO Accelerator has been launched. Are you an emerging business that can help revolutionise the Qantas customer experience and transform operations?

10 Apr 2018

2018 Australian Military Sales Catalogue released

The second edition of the Australian Military sales catalogue has been released. New to this edition is the inclusion of an Australian Defence industry section. This section comprises of various Australian defence industry companies that have been selected to showcase their products and services.

10 Apr 2018

AMSL Aero's Verti-plane

A member of muru-D's SYD5 cohort, AMSL Aero was founded in June 2017 by Andrew Moore and Siobhan Lyndon with the mission to change the way the world travels by providing airborne transport that is safe, fast, affordable, easy to use and good for the environment.

09 Apr 2018

Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund

Supported by the Commonwealth Government, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is calling for Australian manufacturers to submit their project ideas, with the new $4 million Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF) to help take their concepts to the next level.

03 Apr 2018

DIN - call for proposals from SMEs for Seed Projects

In an exciting opportunity for SMEs, the Defence Innovation Network is calling for proposals to work with university partners to accelerate development of early-stage technology concepts that have the potential to lead to Defence innovations and solutions with opportunities for commercialisation in both local and overseas markets.

29 Mar 2018

Aerospace Institute planned under Western Sydney City Deal

Under the Western Sydney City Deal, the creation of an Aerospace Institute in the Aerotropolis will be the immediate focus of skills and education planning.

28 Mar 2018

DMTC launches space surveillance project

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) has commenced work on a project aiming to improve the speed, safety and fuel consumption of Navy vessels.

26 Mar 2018

Air Affairs Australia opens new HQ

Nowra defence supplier Air Affairs Australia has opened its new headquarters after nearly quadrupling its workforce over the past two years.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne and member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis opened the new site at Albatross Aviation Technology Park last Friday after the local success-story grew its workforce from 35 to 130 people and increased turnover five-fold.

14 Mar 2018

New Army Boxer CRV's to protect our troops

The Australian Government has announced the purchase of a fleet of new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV's) for the Australian Defence Force, as part of LAND 400 Phase two.

09 Mar 2018

Thomas Global formalises alliance with Safran Group (Source: DC)

Western Sydney’s Thomas Global Systems has formalised its alliance with Safran Group as the companies work towards supporting high-end defence and related technologies in Australia.

07 Mar 2018

Regional Australia delivers deployable mission system facilities for F-35A aircraft

The first two mobile mission system facilities to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F-35A aircraft were delivered by Lockheed Martin Australia.

05 Mar 2018

Sydney based RCR Awarded $93M Major Defence Contract for JORN by BAE Systems

Diversified engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Ltd has announced that it has been awarded a contract, valued at approximately $93million, by BAE Systems Australia.

05 Mar 2018

Boon for Australian Defence Industry as our JORN gets an uprade

Australia’s already world leading over the horizon radar will be enhanced to provide even better security for Australia while supporting hundreds of jobs in Adelaide and regional Australia.

03 Mar 2018

$1.2 billion Anzac sustainment contract secures jobs

The jobs of almost 1700 workers have been secured by the signing of a landmark extension to the sustainment contract for our Anzac Frigates.

02 Mar 2018

Australian LHD HMAS Canberra tests Nulka upgrades (Source: NavalToday).

HMAS Canberra Australian landing helicopter dock (LHD) has conducted Nulka trials utilising assistance from a civilian aircraft carrying a Nulka payload.

27 Feb 2018

Steber’s contracted for build of Australian Navy support vessels

Australian Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne has announced a major defence contract involving Australian’s leading fibreglass boat manufacturer, Steber International during a flying visit to Taree in NSW.

20 Feb 2018

JFD Australia acquires Newcastle NSW specialist business (DC Source)

JFD Australia has tipped more defence industry jobs to be created with the acquisition of Newcastle’s Cowan Manufacturing, a diving and recompression specialist company.

17 Feb 2018

Giving sailors the power to innovate at FBE in NSW

Nestled in an unassuming building within the Garden Island Defence Precinct is the Fleet Base East Centre for Innovation – a splash of colour alongside the grey of Navy’s ships.

16 Feb 2018

New UNSW Defence Research Institute launched

The UNSW Defence Research Institute will draw on the expertise of researchers from UNSW Sydney and Canberra, to provide Defence with solutions to real-life issues. The institute was officially launched by UNSW president and vice-chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs.

14 Feb 2018

A win for Australia's defence industry and Western Sydney

In a win for Australian defence industry, successful Australian SME - Thomas Global Systems - has announced with Safran Group a significant partnership to manufacture and support high-technology defence equipment in Western Sydney.

12 Feb 2018

BlueScope Steel and Rheinmetall Defence Australia sign a teaming agreement

BlueScope Steel and Rheinmetall Defence Australia today signed a teaming agreement that will see Australia’s biggest steel producer deliver thousands of tonnes of feedstock for the local production of high performance armour steel for a new national military vehicle industry.

09 Feb 2018

Bisalloy wins $0.9M contract in Rafael's Global Supply Chain

Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Unanderra NSW based Bisalloy Steels have signed a contract for the supply of BISALLOY® Armour steel for use in Rafael’s globally-deployed add-on armour range for Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).

06 Feb 2018

Job certainty for Benalla, Victoria and Mulwala, NSW munitions factories

Defence will enter into negotiations with Thales Australia, trading as Australian Munitions, for the continued management and operation of Australia’s munition factories in Benalla (Victoria) and Mulwala (New South Wales).

31 Jan 2018

Win for workers as Offshore Patrol Vessel contract signed

The multi-billion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project is on track after the signing of a contract with Lürssen.

29 Jan 2018

Launch of job-creating Defence Export Strategy

The Turnbull Government is unlocking more jobs and investment in Australia’s defence sector, with the release of the new Defence Export Strategy.

29 Jan 2018

Defence Innovation Hub announces new contracts for NSW based JEDS and Sonartech Atlas

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced the latest tranche of Defence Innovation Hub contracts totalling $13.4 million.

25 Jan 2018

$700 million contract signed with Lockheed Martin Australia (NavalToday)

A $700 million contract has been signed with Lockheed Martin Australia for the Future Submarine Combat System Design, Build and Integration, creating 200 new jobs, the majority of which will be based in South Australia.

18 Jan 2018

School in Session for Future Aviators at HMAS Albatross

The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army have joined forces with industry to train rotary wing crews at a new joint helicopter school as part of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS).


ADM Women in Defence Awards

Friday, 27th July 2018

The inaugural Women In Defence Awards program will celebrate talented, determined, successful women who make a positive impact in the defence business arena, as members of Defence industry, Australian Public Service (APS) or in uniform.

ADM - STEM in Defence Summit

Tuesday, 21st August 2018

Now in its second year, the ADM STEM in Defence Summit is a cornerstone event that brings together Defence, Defence Industry and Education, to develop a world-class Defence workforce.

Land Forces 2018

4 Sep 2018 to 6 Sep 2018

Presented in collaboration with the Australian Army, LAND FORCES 2018 is an international industry exposition to showcase equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

AUSA 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition

7 Oct 2018 to 10 Oct 2018

EOI: The Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA) is the largest land warfare exposition in North America. Each year it attracts approximately 30,000 attendees from the world-wide defence community, including senior Army leaders, key military decision makers, the United States defence industrial base and international delegations. AUSA provides a valuable opportunity for the Australian defence industry to showcase its cutting edge capabilities.

Euronaval 2018, Paris

22 Oct 2018 to 26 Oct 2018

Euronaval is one of the leading naval defence and maritime technologies trade exhibitions in the world.