News & Future Events


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

he 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.

18 Jul 2018

Defence Innovation Hub awards latest tranche of contracts

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the latest Defence Innovation Hub contracts, investing $3.07 million in Australian businesses committed to innovating with Defence. The announcement includes over $1.2 million to Saber astronautics for the continuing development of machine learning technology for autonomous identification and modelling of electronic threats.

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.


Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group

Friday, 16th November 2018

C3i would like to remind you about the next in the Defence Watch series of 'Meet the Chiefs' industry briefings featuring the Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group.


Monday, 19th November 2018

A/AA Corporate Members are invited to attend the final Sydney Forum in 2018. Please join us to hear from leading industry speakers from Toll Emergency Training and Bankstown Airport.

‘Smart Buyer’/ ‘Smart Seller’ Contract Governance

Thursday, 29th November 2018

Today, much public sector performance is achieved with programs delivered through commercial contract relationships with private sector organisations. The Defence First Principles Review (2015) strongly recommended that Defence should implement a “Smart Buyer” function.