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Welcome to the March edition of the Defence Industry and Innovation newsletter

For those of you lucky enough to attend, Avalon was a great way to wrap up summer.

Our Avalon highlights are below, including our industry briefing presented by CDIC Advisory Services Manager Nik Jakube.

This month, we also talk about how we can help you break into international markets, and changes to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

Don't miss out on the Defence and Industry Study Course listed at the bottom of our newsletter - applications close COB Friday 10 March.

Introducing Australia's new Joint Strike Fighters

Two Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) made their national debut at Avalon last week after being flown to Australia for the first time by Royal Australian Air Force pilots.

The JSFs were one of the shows highlights and were showcased to senior political leaders, industry, government and defence professionals on the last trade day of the show.

Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said the arrival of the Joint Strike Fighters was of great significance to the Australian Defence Force and to Australia's aerospace and defence industries.

So far, 32 Australian businesses have won AUD$800m worth of high-technology design, software and manufacturing work on the Joint Strike Fighter Program. To date, 180 have been built of the 3,184 planned for over the next 20 years.

Every JSF will have Australian components and software, and every operator will have Australian ground support equipment. The construction and maintenance of the JSF will eventually generate billions of dollars in economic activity for the Australian aerospace and defence industry.

The CDIC, working with Defence and state and territory governments, will ensure industry is aware of opportunities to support the JSF program and other major Defence projects. Our business advisers can also provide the necessary advice and support for Australian businesses to effectively meet Defence's requirements.

Aerospace Environmental Working Group Symposium 

On Thursday 2nd March, Benjamin Hayes, Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation presented at the Aerospace Environmental Working Group (AEWG) Symposium.

The forum provided a great opportunity to inform industry on the operation of the Defence Innovation Hub and the expert advisory services available through the CDIC.

Next month, Benjamin will address the Simulation EWG in Canberra. If you would like more information on the Simulation EWG, please email Defence.

CDIC industry briefing at Avalon

Showing businesses how to access the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) services was a big hit at our industry briefing last week at Avalon.

CDIC's Advisory Services Manager Nik Jakube, along with Paul Johnson, Co-Chair of the CDIC Advisory Board, presented to more than a full house with standing room unavailable to any late comers.

The briefing focused on three key themes - globally competitive thinking, investing in your business and aligning your business with Defence strategy. The two hour session also included case studies from primes and SME organisations detailing outcomes of engagement with CDIC.

"We really wanted to highlight how the CDIC can help businesses improve their competitiveness and maturity, said Mr Jakube, and the feedback we've received has indicated we were spot on."

If you missed the briefing, you can view a copy of the CDIC presentation. Please note, industry contributions have been removed for privacy reasons. If you would like to know more about the CDIC Advisory Board, please visit the CDIC website.

Changes to Commonwealth Procurement Rules from 1 March 2017

If you're applying for a Commonwealth tender, you now need to provide additional information and demonstrate capability to meet applicable standards, such as work, health and safety regulations.

The new rules apply to procurements over $80,000 and $7.5 million for construction services. The changes don't apply where requests for tenders were issued before 1 March 2017.

You can find more information on the Department of Finance website.

Thinking about exporting?

There are many benefits to exporting and trading internationally and the CDIC can help you every step of the way.

We work with Austrade, Defence, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) and state and territory governments, to provide advice and a range of services for companies looking to export or expand on current overseas markets.

Our business advisers will work with you on your individual business requirements, either over the phone or at your premises.

We'll be running a series of workshops throughout the year for companies interested in exporting and/or taking part in CDIC trade events. These will be listed on our events page and in our newsletters.

For more information or to find out how to contact one of our business advisers, visit the CDIC website.

Applications for the Defence and Industry Study Course closing tomorrow

Don't miss out on submitting your application for the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s 2017 Defence and Industry Study Courses (DISC) which will close COB Friday 10 March. Places are limited.

The DISC has been designed to deliver Defence and industry executives an intimate understanding of Defence business, provides a forum to share ideas, collaborate and realise best practice, and the opportunity to forge better business contacts.

You can apply or find more information on the Department of Defence website.

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