Pyne invites firms to join defence market seminars

| February 16, 2018

The Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, has announced a nationwide series of seminars for businesses interested in new opportunities in the defence market.

The ‘Introduction to the Defence Market’ series will be delivered by experience advisors from the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) in partnership with defence industry stakeholders and supports the ‘The Workforce behind the Defence Force’ information campaign.

The seminars will provide valuable information to help aspiring businesses assess the defence market and understand how to pursue opportunities.

There will also be the opportunity to meet with an experienced CDIC Defence Adviser for a tailored one-on-one consultation. An Expression of Interest application form for the consultation can be requested when registering for the seminar.

The workshops will be tailored for audiences in each location and will include information on, and where suitable, presentations from the defence marketplace, Defence Industry Associations, Defence programs and prime contractors as well as offering case studies from successful SMEs.

Announcing the programme, Minister Pyne said Australia’s small and medium sized businesses play a critical role in supply the defence industry and improving the capabilities of the Australian Defence Force.

“These seminars are a great opportunity for businesses who haven’t previously considered working in the defence market to learn what is involved and seize the tremendous opportunities provided by the Government’s $200 billion investment in defence capability,” Minister Pyne said.

“Businesses will also learn more about support provided through the Defence Export Strategy, as well as navigating our robust defence export control processes. The CDIC is helping businesses to navigate the complex defence market, which in turn is creating innovation, investment and new jobs.”

The CDIC has been operating since December 2016 and is building the capability and capacity of Australian industry to support the delivery and sustainment of defence capability. It also provides advice and initiatives for defence industry development, critical business skilling, and export and innovation facilitation.

The seminars will be held in state capitals and regional areas from March to May 2018 and Businesses interested in attending the ‘Introduction to the Defence Market’ seminars can register here.

Locations and dates

• Brisbane, Queensland – 6 March 2018
• Sunshine Coast, Queensland – 8 March 2018
• Townsville, Queensland – 13 March 2018
• Rockhampton, Queensland – 14 March 2018
• Cairns, Queensland – 15 March 2018
• Canberra, Australian Capital Territory – 26 March 2018
• Albury/Wodonga, New South Wales/Victoria – 28 March 2018
• Sydney, New South Wales – 10 April 2018
• Wollongong, New South Wales – 12 April 2018
• Newcastle, New South Wales – 12 April 2018
• Melbourne, Victoria – 17 April 2018
• Geelong, Victoria – 19 April 2018
• Launceston, Tasmania – 19 April 2018
• Perth, Western Australia – 1 May 2018
• Darwin, Northern Territory – 8 May 2018
• Katherine, Northern Territory (on demand) – 9 May 2018
• Adelaide, South Australia – 15 May 2018