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

Although winter is fast approaching, we won’t be hibernating and have workshops, briefings and plenty of other things happening over the next few months. Make sure you check out our news and events page regularly to keep updated.

We also want to remind everyone, that although the Government’s skilling program (SADI) was wound up last year, there is still assistance available with the program transiting to the CDIC. Read our article below for more information.


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Industry invited to regional naval shipbuilding briefings. 

Industry will have the opportunity to learn more about the Government's $89 billion shipbuilding investment with a series of briefings to be held across regional Australia.

The Naval Shipbuilding Industry Briefings will focus on the next generation of naval surface ships, including the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessels.

The Future Frigate program is set to replace eight ANZAC class ships with nine future frigates, while the Offshore Patrol Vessel program is replacing thirteen Armidale Class Patrol Boats with twelve offshore patrol vessels.

Industry will be given an update on the progress of the two shipbuilding programs and how they can get involved in opportunities over the life of the shipbuilding programs.

The briefings will be held in Geelong, Nowra, Newcastle, Whyalla, Bunbury, Geraldton and Cairns in April and May.

You can find more information about the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs or register to attend a briefing.

Businesses lining up for New to Defence workshops

Showing businesses how to access the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) services was a big hit at our industry briefing last week. Nearly 300 people recently attended a New to Defence Workshop hosted by the Centre for Defence Capability (CDIC) in Perth.

The workshop, which was also hosted by the Western Australian Department of Commerce, was aimed at businesses who were new to Defence; to provide them with advice about working with Defence and possible business opportunities.

CDIC Adviser Paul Hosie, said the workshop covered a variety of information about working in the defence industry and attendees were also able to meet with an experienced CDIC business adviser for a tailored one-on-one briefing session.

"Importantly, the event also provided enough information for small businesses to make an informed decision about whether they want to pursue defence as a market for their business or not and if so, what support was available to help them get there," said Mr Hosie.

Attendees also provided positive feedback. Luke Roughan from Scope Engineering WA, said the workshop gave him a valuable insight into working with the defence industry.

"We found the workshop to be very useful and certainly very informative, particularly in a practical sense. "We found that the information was aimed at the correct level for us, which was very refreshing as sometimes these things can be a bit too high level," said Mr Roughan.

The half days also made it very achievable to attend, he said. "The mix of local, federal government input and private sector presentations helped to get to greater understanding of the industry and where we might fit."

With such a successful format and high interest, Mr Hosie said additional workshops were being planned and will be held around Australia. The workshops will be listed on our News and events page as soon as they been finalised.

You can also find more information about CDIC advisory services and Capability Improvement Grants on our website.

Defence brings together industry and academia

Defence has partnered with Tectonica and their subcontractor, Swinburne University of Technology to successfully complete a Preliminary Design Review as a step on the way to demonstrating leading-edge 'Hear and See Through' armour technology.

Modern armoured fighting vehicles achieve high levels of crew survivability using a range of protection measures, but these unfortunately reduce crew situational awareness. To overcome this, Tectonica and Swinburne University have combined the use of visual and audio technologies to provide an immersive experience to ehance situational awareness and maintain protection measures for the crew.

This project is being managed under the Innovation Hub's Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) stream. Further information on the Defence Innovation Hubs is available at www.business.gov.au/cdic.


The above photo shows the project team at the Preliminary Design Review at Swinburne University of Technology's Factory of the Future.

New skilling assistance available

Companies can still access services and funding to assist with industry skilling, after the SADI program was closed last year.

The Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) program has been transitioned to the new advisory services and capability improvement grants offered by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

The advisory and facilitation services are available to defence sector small to medium enterprises (SMEs) across a range of areas including business management, skills development, innovation collaboration, export activities and supply chain facilitation. 

Companies are encouraged to access eligible funding through the Capability Improvement Grants.

The ACT has a new Defence Industry Advisory Board and launched
a capability directory for local businesses

On 17 March, the ACT Government launched its Canberra Region Defence Industry Capability Directory and the establishment of a new Defence Industry Advisory Board.

The advisory board will provide high-level strategic and policy advice to promote the growth of the ACT's Defence force and related industries. The Board brings together strong military credentials with an understanding of the key sectors that are the future drivers of the diversification of our economy.

The directory showcases the defence sector in Canberra and can be used by government, industry associations and the private sector to help increase collaboration and attract investment.

The directory is available at www.act.gov.au/defence. Companies and organisations wishing to be included in the directory can also register on the website.

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