News & Future Events


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).

08 Jan 2018

Babcock To Provide Ground Based Support To ADF

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced a $33 million contract with Babcock Pty Ltd to provide ground support equipment services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

02 Jan 2018

NSW backs in its expertise for autonomous systems CRC

NSW research centres, universities and companies are set to play a significant role in the development of next-generation defence technologies as part of a new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for trusted autonomous systems.

23 Dec 2017

Australian Strike Aircraft to Return Home from Iraq and Syria

Australia’s six F/A-18F Super Hornets will return home in January marking the end of Australia’s successful air strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

18 Dec 2017

First Defence CRC Formed

The first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems has been announced by the Minister for Defence Industry.

15 Dec 2017

Australian companies in Navantia bid for Canadian ships

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has congratulated two Australian companies for their inclusion in a bid, led by Navantia, for the Canadian Surface Combatant program.

13 Dec 2017

New contract awarded for AWD sustainment a boost for Sydney jobs

The Australian government has announced a AU$20 million contract for the upkeep of Royal Australian Navy air warfare destroyers (AWD's).

12 Dec 2017

BAE Systems expands shipbuilding opportunities for Australian companies

BAE Systems has announced that Australian small to medium sized businesses will have opportunities to work across a global shipbuilding program.

09 Dec 2017

Navy farewells HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney.

08 Dec 2017

$4.6 million innovation contract to develop counter-IED technology

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced NSW-based company RingIR Pty Ltd, would receive $4.6 million to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology to enhance Defence capability.

05 Dec 2017

RAAF and USAF aircraft in training exercises completed

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Aircraft from Williamtown and Amberley have completed a training exercise with United States Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancers from the United States’ Pacific Air Force over the eastern coast of Australia.

01 Dec 2017

RAN retires S-70B-2, AS350BA helicopters from HMAS Albatross

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) retired its S-70B-2 ‘Bravo’ Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel helicopters from active service in a ceremony held on 1 December at the naval air station HMAS Albatross in NSW. (Jane's Defence Weekly).

29 Nov 2017

Land 200 Tranche 2 Project approved for new Army Battlefield Command System

Worth up to $1.4 billion, the project will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s digital command, control and communications systems and support hundreds of local jobs.

24 Nov 2017

Australia picks Lürssen for AU$4b OPV project (

The design for the 12 new vessels will be based on Lürssen’s OPV80 design adapted to Australian requirements.


AIDN NSW Manufacturers Pitchfest/Networking event - Parramatta NSW

Thursday, 24th May 2018

At this event Manufacturers from the AIDN NSW Membership will give a quick pitch on who they are and what they do. This will be followed by a networking session where opportunities to collaborate can be pursued.

Advanced Manufacturing Customer and Industry event - Sydney

Tuesday, 29th May 2018

CSIRO’s Manufacturing is pleased to be hosting Michael Sharpe from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).

The Australian Space Agency - what should it do? - Sydney

Wednesday, 30th May 2018

The Royal Aeronautical Society Sydney Branch is hosting this event with guest speaker Dr Jason Held , CEO of SABER Astronautics.

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.