News & Future Events


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.

13 Sep 2018

Defence Innovation Hub latest contracts

The Defence Innovation Hub continues to award contracts to enhance Defence capability through innovation. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced three more Defence Innovation Hub contracts, investing $7.8 million in promising ideas that could provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with new and enhanced capabilities. This includes Sydney-based AMSL Aero.

03 Sep 2018

Investment priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced the Government’s 2018-19 investment priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub. Minister Pyne said the Government was investing $1.6 billion in defence industry and innovation over the next decade, including $640 million to support the development of innovative technologies through the Defence Innovation Hub.

27 Aug 2018

Stage 1 Plan for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is now on exhibition

The Stage 1 plan for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is now on exhibition and the deadline for feedback is 12 October 2018.

15 Aug 2018

Aviatex 2018 @ Bankstown - Exhibitor Registrations Now Open!

Aviatex is an aviation trade exposition, industry forum and aviation careers showcase aimed at building future industry capability and skills pathways to support sector-wide growth. It offers a platform for today’s aviation and aerospace industry to prepare for the needs and opportunities of tomorrow.

13 Aug 2018

Have your say about defence industry skilling

This is your opportunity to help the Department of Defence to better understand the skilling, recruitment and training issues faced by the defence industry. Defence is asking you to contribute to an online defence industry skilling survey. Young male and female workers in defence industry. The survey has been extended to 17 August 2018 for Australian businesses, individuals, educational institutions, government agencies and industry associations.

09 Aug 2018

Local Companies Jump on Board Future Submarines

Australian companies are showing a high level of enthusiasm to be part of the Future Submarine Program. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said more than one thousand local businesses have formally registered their interest.

08 Aug 2018

Reminder - Call for Submissions

The Department of Defence via the Defence Innovation Hub (Defence) is seeking innovation proposals that will assist Defence to deliver the next generation Australian Army. Defence seeks a next generation Australian Army that is prepared for both current and future threats through a combination of concepts, organisation and technology offsets.

07 Aug 2018

Government investing in cyber security skills training for high schools

The Australian Government is investing more than $600,000 in a program aimed at training high school students in digital security skills. The initiative will see investment directed to better equipping high school teachers to teach digital security skills to students across the country as part of the first round of the government’s AustCyber Projects Fund.

01 Aug 2018

New Award to Recognise Defence Industry's Achievements

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched the Defence Industry Service Commendation to recognise exceptional achievements within Australia’s defence industry.

31 Jul 2018

Funding for cyber technology research

Defence is inviting research proposals from industry and universities to enhance the cyber capabilities of the Australian Defence Force. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said Australia must respond urgently to cyber threats which are becoming widespread and persistent.

30 Jul 2018

EOIs for Euronaval Trade Mission Open

An opportunity exists for companies attending Euronaval to take advantage of a trade mission to key sites operated by Lürssen, Global Supply Chain prime BAE, and facilities tours of key advanced manufacturing facilities in Germany.