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  • 14 Dec 2018 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dr Kirsty Hannam from CEA Technologies on winning the AIDN ACT YAA. Kirsty will represent the ACT at the National awards in 2019. 

    Although all candidates were impressive, the judges thought Kirsty was the stand-out from the perspective of her academic, professional and community contributions and achievements. In this way she amply fits the description of an inspiring role model and dedicated professional. Dr Kirsty’s achievements are also a positive reflection on CEA as they continue to invest in local talent and provide exciting, relevant and fulfilling careers here in Canberra.

    There were two finalists also receiving acknowledgment on the night: 

    Ben Chaplin from Eclipse and Anthony Bozzato from Noetic Group.

    The judges were extremely impressed with Ben Chaplin and his engineering skills. They noteEclips is going from strength to strength and people like Ben are integral to the continuing creativity in research and development. His interesting experience shows that engineering skills are universally useful and it is clear that Ben is an adaptable and resourceful young man.

    Anthony Bozzato was also recognised for making an important contribution in the professional sphere of defence procurement. The astute administration required to enable to good decisions is informed by smart, dedicated professionals like Anthony.  His work with Noetic groups is illustrative of the diverse careers available in Defence industries in Canberra.



  • 01 Nov 2018 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) is undergoing significant and positive change by updating the Constitution and implementing a modernised Board of Directors and Governance structure.

    Consequently, AIDN is seeking nominations from suitably qualified people, from within the network, for election to fill the five (5) inaugural Board Director positions at its AGM on 23rd November 2018.  

    Nominations close on 7th November 2018 @ midday (AEDT) and should be submitted in pdf format via email to tl@aidn.org.au.

    At the AGM, as allowed by the Constitution, the AIDN Members may also wish to appoint or recommend, one or two Independent Advisors, to the new Board.  An additional responsibility of the new Board will be the recruitment, selection and appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.

    These plans will enable AIDN National to continue to work with its Chapters, and its broad range of stakeholders, in improving the current environment for SMEs and Australian industry and shaping the future environment that will be so critical to the involvement of industry in the Defence activities of Australia.

    AIDN is a not-for-profit National Industry Association supporting SME suppliers to Defence and Security related customers via the Core Strategies of advocacy and policy, trusted partnerships, member services and industry development programs.  Through the AIDN Chapters in all states and territories of Australia, we work with SMEs to develop their sovereign organisational capacity and capability to reliably deliver goods and services that are fit for purpose and value for money, in support of Australian defence and security personnel.

    AIDN has established an independently chaired Nominations Committee, charged with the responsibility of identifying and recommending individuals to become Board members by assessing the extent to which nominees meet the Criteria below.

    In accordance with the AIDN Constitution, only the Members can vote at the AGM, and each Member will be represented by their nominated Proxy.

    Criteria:

    The Criteria for the Board positions have been set having regard to the AIDN Strategic Plan, good governance principles applicable to the creation of a skills-based Board, and a skills assessment to be conducted by the Nominations Committee.  It is expected that successful nominees will have an appropriate mix of the following: -

    1.         Nominees must be, either members of an AIDN Chapter, or employees of members of an AIDN Chapter (Mandatory);

    2.         Legally unencumbered to hold a Board Director position in Australia (Mandatory);

    3.         Demonstrated ability to appropriately represent the views of SMEs and/or Primes to a variety of stakeholders (Essential);

    4.         A proven and successful background in one or more of the following areas (Essential): -

    (a)         Strategic Planning and Implementation;

    (b)         Governance of Industry Association Boards and Committees;

    (c)         Legal and/or Accounting and Finance;

    (d)         Government Relations;

    (e)         Stakeholder Communications and Relations;

    (f)          Government Defence Policy Development;

    (g)         Risk Management and/or Complex Project Management.

    5.         Demonstrated understanding of the structure and capability of the defence and security sectors of the Australian and global industries (Essential);

    6.         Demonstrated understanding of the current defence policy status, and intent, at each of a state, territory, and federal levels as they relate to Australia in the global setting (Essential);

    7.         Experience in implementing defence industry workforce and capability development projects (Desirable);

    8.         Demonstrated understanding of incorporated industry associations, particularly in the defence and security sectors (Desirable);

    Additional information:

    1.         There are at least three (3) full-day Board Meetings per year, held quarterly, and those Board Meetings may be aligned with associated defence industry events at various locations around Australia.

    2.         There may be at least one (1) full-day Strategy and Policy Forum with a range of stakeholders.

    3.         Due to the alignment of Board Meetings with associated defence industry events, and the availability of video/streaming conferencing technology, no travel and accommodation expenses will be claimable to attend AIDN Board Meetings, except in extraordinary circumstances such as an urgent SGM being convened under the rules of the Constitution.

    4.         The AIDN inaugural Board will comprise five (5) elected Directors, plus two (2) Independent Advisors.

    5.         After appointment at the AGM, the five (5) elected Directors, via the Nominations Committee, will seek nominations from the authorized Member’s Proxy of each of the AIDN Chapters for two (2) Independent Advisors, considering the inaugural Board skills matrix and the identification of additional skills required by the Board.

    6.         AIDN’s Board is expected to establish Working Groups in areas related to the Core Strategies, each of which will be chaired by a Director.

    7.         Some other obligations of being an AIDN Board member include preparation for meetings, contribution out of meeting times and the attendance at a few AIDN events.

    8.         In the first instance, nominees for Director and Independent Advisor positions need to be able to commit to a term of up to 2 years on the AIDN Board.

    9.         Following the Directors’ election, the term of their appointment will be chosen by ballot: -

    (a)         three (3) Directors elected shall have a term of office until the second AGM following the one at which they are elected;

    (b)         two (2) Directors elected shall have a term of office until the AGM following their election;

    (c)         when Independent Advisor positions are elected, the first elected shall hold office until the second AGM following the one at which they are elected, and the second elected until the AGM following their election;

    (d)         at all subsequent elections for Directors and Independent Advisors, they shall hold office until the second AGM following their election.

    10.       After the initial election and appointment of the Board and Independent Advisors, in the event of a casual vacancy, the Board can make direct appointments to the vacant position.  The effective term of appointment shall be the remainder of the term of the original Director or Independent Advisor.

    11.       Retiring Board members are all entitled to stand for re-election to the Board.

    12.       The AIDN Director positions are voluntary, and if elected, the Nominees must agree to organise their commitments to enable sufficient time to serve productively for the full term of office.

    13.       AIDN is committed to diversity and inclusion in all its business and activity areas and welcomes nominations from candidates from diverse backgrounds, gender and origins to gain benefits from utilising different talents, experiences and perspectives.

    Instructions:

    1.         Nominations for the above positions close on 7th November 2018 @ midday (AEDT) and should be submitted in pdf format via email to tl@aidn.org.au.

    2.         The initial “AIDN Board Director Nomination Form - AIDN Member” is generated by the relevant AIDN Member (Chapter) in proposing the named individual as a Nominee for one of the AIDN Board Director positions.  This document must be signed by both the AIDN Member (Chapter) and the individual Nominee.

    3.         An additional “AIDN NOMINATION FOR INAUGURAL BOARD DIRECTOR POSITION” must be completed and signed by the individual Nominee, accompanied by the following: -

    •           a CV (not exceeding 3 pages);

    •           a cover letter identifying your suitability, and possible contribution as an AIDN Director, including a 250-word Biographical Statement and a 250-word General Statement.  Both statements will be used as part of the election ballot materials for Nominees selected by the Nominations Committee.

    4.         The Biographical Statement of up to 250 words is intended to provide the Nominations Committee and the voting AIDN Members with an accurate understanding of your suitability as an AIDN Director.  This may include specific details of:

    Your association and interaction with AIDN Chapter(s);

    • Highlight your individual strengths when reviewing the Criteria, above;
    • Board or Committee experience, e.g. in strategic and business planning, risk management or financial oversight
    • Relevant business experience, educational qualifications and certifications;
    • Experience of volunteering for not-for-profit associations; and
    • Public speaking and media interactions.

    5.         The General Statement of up to 250 words should focus on your how you would contribute to the development of AIDN National and its Chapter Members, and what benefits can be realistically expected from your participation on the Board.

    6.         A Checklist document will be provided with the Nomination Forms to assist the AIDN Members and Nominees in being certain about what information is required, and that it is supplied.  This Checklist should be completed by the relevant parties and forwarded with the Nomination documents.

    7.         Nominees’ information will be circulated to each AIDN Member(Chapter) to enable due consideration by the AIDN Member and the provision of voting instructions to the AIDN Member’s Proxy prior to the AGM on 23rd November 2018.

    8.         In accordance with the AIDN Nominations Committee Terms of Reference, this circulated information will be accompanied by a report from the Nominations Committee as to the extent to which each candidate meets the Criteria above.

    9.         At its discretion, the AIDN Nominations Committee may conduct candidate interviews before preparing each report.  Any interviews will take place on, or about, the 8th or 9th November 2018.

    10.       Nominees who proceed to election will be required to sign the AIDN Board Charter prior to the vote taking place at the AGM on 23rd November 2018.

    Further Information

    For any queries about this process, please contact the AIDN National Transition Leader, Gary Bettcher, via mobile phone 0409 694 036, or email to tl@aidn.org.au.


    The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) is undergoing significant and positive change by updating the Constitution and implementing a modernised Board of Directors and Governance structure.

    Consequently, AIDN is seeking nominations from suitably qualified people, from within the network, for election to fill the five (5) inaugural Board Director positions at its AGM on 23rd November 2018Nominations close on 7th November 2018 @ midday (AEDT) and should be submitted in pdf format via email to tl@aidn.org.au.

    At the AGM, as allowed by the Constitution, the AIDN Members may also wish to appoint or recommend, one or two Independent Advisors, to the new Board.  An additional responsibility of the new Board will be the recruitment, selection and appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.

    These plans will enable AIDN National to continue to work with its Chapters, and its broad range of stakeholders, in improving the current environment for SMEs and Australian industry and shaping the future environment that will be so critical to the involvement of industry in the Defence activities of Australia.

    AIDN is a not-for-profit National Industry Association supporting SME suppliers to Defence and Security related customers via the Core Strategies of advocacy and policy, trusted partnerships, member services and industry development programs.  Through the AIDN Chapters in all states and territories of Australia, we work with SMEs to develop their sovereign organisational capacity and capability to reliably deliver goods and services that are fit for purpose and value for money, in support of Australian defence and security personnel.

    AIDN has established an independently chaired Nominations Committee, charged with the responsibility of identifying and recommending individuals to become Board members by assessing the extent to which nominees meet the Criteria below.

    In accordance with the AIDN Constitution, only the Members can vote at the AGM, and each Member will be represented by their nominated Proxy.

    Criteria:

    The Criteria for the Board positions have been set having regard to the AIDN Strategic Plan, good governance principles applicable to the creation of a skills-based Board, and a skills assessment to be conducted by the Nominations Committee.  It is expected that successful nominees will have an appropriate mix of the following: -

    1.         Nominees must be, either members of an AIDN Chapter, or employees of members of an AIDN Chapter (Mandatory);

    2.         Legally unencumbered to hold a Board Director position in Australia (Mandatory);

    3.         Demonstrated ability to appropriately represent the views of SMEs and/or Primes to a variety of stakeholders (Essential);

    4.         A proven and successful background in one or more of the following areas (Essential): -

    (a)         Strategic Planning and Implementation;

    (b)         Governance of Industry Association Boards and Committees;

    (c)         Legal and/or Accounting and Finance;

    (d)         Government Relations;

    (e)         Stakeholder Communications and Relations;

    (f)          Government Defence Policy Development;

    (g)         Risk Management and/or Complex Project Management.

    5.         Demonstrated understanding of the structure and capability of the defence and security sectors of the Australian and global industries (Essential);

    6.         Demonstrated understanding of the current defence policy status, and intent, at each of a state, territory, and federal levels as they relate to Australia in the global setting (Essential);

    7.         Experience in implementing defence industry workforce and capability development projects (Desirable);

    8.         Demonstrated understanding of incorporated industry associations, particularly in the defence and security sectors (Desirable);

    Additional information:

    1.         There are at least three (3) full-day Board Meetings per year, held quarterly, and those Board Meetings may be aligned with associated defence industry events at various locations around Australia.

    2.         There may be at least one (1) full-day Strategy and Policy Forum with a range of stakeholders.

    3.         Due to the alignment of Board Meetings with associated defence industry events, and the availability of video/streaming conferencing technology, no travel and accommodation expenses will be claimable to attend AIDN Board Meetings, except in extraordinary circumstances such as an urgent SGM being convened under the rules of the Constitution.

    4.         The AIDN inaugural Board will comprise five (5) elected Directors, plus two (2) Independent Advisors.

    5.         After appointment at the AGM, the five (5) elected Directors, via the Nominations Committee, will seek nominations from the authorized Member’s Proxy of each of the AIDN Chapters for two (2) Independent Advisors, considering the inaugural Board skills matrix and the identification of additional skills required by the Board.

    6.         AIDN’s Board is expected to establish Working Groups in areas related to the Core Strategies, each of which will be chaired by a Director.

    7.         Some other obligations of being an AIDN Board member include preparation for meetings, contribution out of meeting times and the attendance at a few AIDN events.

    8.         In the first instance, nominees for Director and Independent Advisor positions need to be able to commit to a term of up to 2 years on the AIDN Board.

    9.         Following the Directors’ election, the term of their appointment will be chosen by ballot: -

    (a)         three (3) Directors elected shall have a term of office until the second AGM following the one at which they are elected;

    (b)         two (2) Directors elected shall have a term of office until the AGM following their election;

    (c)         when Independent Advisor positions are elected, the first elected shall hold office until the second AGM following the one at which they are elected, and the second elected until the AGM following their election;

    (d)         at all subsequent elections for Directors and Independent Advisors, they shall hold office until the second AGM following their election.

    10.       After the initial election and appointment of the Board and Independent Advisors, in the event of a casual vacancy, the Board can make direct appointments to the vacant position.  The effective term of appointment shall be the remainder of the term of the original Director or Independent Advisor.

    11.       Retiring Board members are all entitled to stand for re-election to the Board.

    12.       The AIDN Director positions are voluntary, and if elected, the Nominees must agree to organise their commitments to enable sufficient time to serve productively for the full term of office.

    13.       AIDN is committed to diversity and inclusion in all its business and activity areas and welcomes nominations from candidates from diverse backgrounds, gender and origins to gain benefits from utilising different talents, experiences and perspectives.

    Instructions:

    1.         Nominations for the above positions close on 7th November 2018 @ midday (AEDT) and should be submitted in pdf format via email to tl@aidn.org.au.

    2.         The initial “AIDN Board Director Nomination Form - AIDN Member” is generated by the relevant AIDN Member (Chapter) in proposing the named individual as a Nominee for one of the AIDN Board Director positions.  This document must be signed by both the AIDN Member (Chapter) and the individual Nominee.

    3.         An additional “AIDN NOMINATION FOR INAUGURAL BOARD DIRECTOR POSITION” must be completed and signed by the individual Nominee, accompanied by the following: -

    •           a CV (not exceeding 3 pages);

    •           a cover letter identifying your suitability, and possible contribution as an AIDN Director, including a 250-word Biographical Statement and a 250-word General Statement.  Both statements will be used as part of the election ballot materials for Nominees selected by the Nominations Committee.

    4.         The Biographical Statement of up to 250 words is intended to provide the Nominations Committee and the voting AIDN Members with an accurate understanding of your suitability as an AIDN Director.  This may include specific details of:

    •           Your association and interaction with AIDN Chapter(s);

    •           Highlight your individual strengths when reviewing the Criteria, above;

    •           Board or Committee experience, e.g. in strategic and business planning, risk management or financial oversight;

    •           Relevant business experience, educational qualifications and certifications;

    •           Experience of volunteering for not-for-profit associations; and

    •           Public speaking and media interactions.

    5.         The General Statement of up to 250 words should focus on your how you would contribute to the development of AIDN National and its Chapter Members, and what benefits can be realistically expected from your participation on the Board.

    6.         A Checklist document will be provided with the Nomination Forms to assist the AIDN Members and Nominees in being certain about what information is required, and that it is supplied.  This Checklist should be completed by the relevant parties and forwarded with the Nomination documents.

    7.         Nominees’ information will be circulated to each AIDN Member(Chapter) to enable due consideration by the AIDN Member and the provision of voting instructions to the AIDN Member’s Proxy prior to the AGM on 23rd November 2018.

    8.         In accordance with the AIDN Nominations Committee Terms of Reference, this circulated information will be accompanied by a report from the Nominations Committee as to the extent to which each candidate meets the Criteria above.

    9.         At its discretion, the AIDN Nominations Committee may conduct candidate interviews before preparing each report.  Any interviews will take place on, or about, the 8th or 9th November 2018.

    10.       Nominees who proceed to election will be required to sign the AIDN Board Charter prior to the vote taking place at the AGM on 23rd November 2018.

    Further Information

    For any queries about this process, please contact the AIDN National Transition Leader, Gary Bettcher, via mobile phone 0409 694 036, or email to tl@aidn.org.au.


    AIDN Nomination for Inaugural Board Director Position October 2018.docx

    AIDN Nomination Checklist for Inaugural Board Director Position October 2018.docx

    AIDN Board Director Advertisement October 2018 .docx

    AIDN Board Director Nomination Form - AIDN Member October 2018.docx

  • 20 Sep 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    AIDN ACT would like to encourage its members to complete the below cyber security survey. We believe it will assist you in identifying “gaps” in your security arrangements.

    The survey is being run by the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC). It is a self-assessment survey built for Canberra based small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to help gauge the level of cyber awareness and preparedness across this business sector. As a kindred member of CBC, AIDN ACT is encouraging members to complete this survey, particularly given how critical data protection is within the Defence supply chain.

    This survey has 24 questions and will take around 6 minutes to complete. There are five sections - demographic information; apps and software; hardware and devices; people, policies and procedures; and external service providers.  Response data will be collected and analysed by CBC, and only aggregated data will be released.

    Below is a link to the CBC survey:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBC-CYBER


  • 10 Sep 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Defence is seeking innovative ideas from Industry to help shape an improved business model for the end-to-end delivery of marine support services across Defence and potentially, for use by other Commonwealth agencies. This is known as the Defence Marine Support Services (DMSS) Program. The initial phase of the Approach to Market has seen the release of a Request for Information (RFI) on AusTender, In addition, Defence is conducting Industry briefings across the country in major centres during the period 04 – 18 September 2018. The Industry Briefings will enable interested parties to learn more about the DMSS Program as a whole, and the valuable role that Industry can play in shaping the options to be put forward in a Request for Tender expected to be released in early 2019. Registration is required to attend the Industry Briefings and must be forwarded in writing to the Contact Officer via email to DMSS.Program@defence.gov.au by 5pm (ACT Local Time) on 29 August 2018.

    For more information:

    https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public.atm.show&ATMUUID=EB088290-DBF9-B615-6AEE50D87FE4015E


  • 07 Sep 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    The Department of Defence is organising the Australia – France Defence Industry Symposium (Symposium) announced by the Prime Minister and President of France earlier this year. The Symposium provides a unique opportunity to enhance Australian and French defence industry engagement and collaboration.

    The Symposium will be held on Monday 24 September 2018 in Adelaide. It will be co-chaired by the Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne and the French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

    The Symposium will be followed on Tuesday 25 September with a workshop by Austrade on “Doing business in France”.

    For more information, please view the letter

    Invitation to the inaugural Australia - France Defence Industry Symposium (2).pdf

  • 03 Sep 2018 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Leidos Australia recently presented their technical core competencies  to AIDN ACT members. As a Prime Systems Integrator,  they are actively seeking Australian SMEs who possess unique capabilities that can contribute demonstrated value to the total Leidos solution for our Customers.

    To learn more, click here:

    AIDN Brief_Leidos.pdf

  • 03 Sep 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    Raytheon Australia recently presented to AIDN ACT members on their Program Overview in Australia and their committment to the role of local suppliers as part of a sovereign and capable Australia Defence Industry.

    For more information, please click here:

    AIDN Presentation_Raytheon.pdf


  • 03 Sep 2018 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) recently presented to AIDN ACT members on their Global Supply Chain. Their Office of Australian Participation (OAIP) has an objective to identify world class Australian Industry capabilities and promote them with Lockheed Martin, locally and globally.

    If you are interested in learning more about this, please view the presentation.

    Lockheed Martin - Working with Primes.pdf

  • 24 Aug 2018 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday 22 August, AIDN ACT officially launched the 2018 AIDN Young Achiever Awards The award is open to all members of the defence support industry aged 30 years and younger. At AIDN ACT we've put together an outstanding team of judges including Kate Lundy, ACT Defence Industry Advocate.


    Image: Graham Priestnall, AIDN ACT Chair, launching AIDN ACT YAA

  • 24 Aug 2018 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    AIDN ACT board recently voted to become a kindred member of Canberra Business Chamber.

    This comes with a number of benefits for members.  AIDN ACT members now have access to Canberra Business Chamber facilities (including the Board Room and Training Room) at member rates. Contact AIDN ACT for more details


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