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Our Mission

The AIDN National Mission is to maximise opportunities for Australian defence industry in the Defence and National Security Sectors.

AIDN provides the focal point for Defence's interaction with Australia's dynamic base of smaller defence companies.

AIDN functions through a National Secretariat and facilitates effective and efficient communications between State bodies and Federal Government Departments, in particular the Department of Defence and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. AIDN also represents member bodies on Department of Defence fora and at relevant seminars. Importantly, AIDN represents the SME perspective in the development of Defence Industry Policy and can mediate or assist in resolving Industry/Government misunderstandings.

Core Strategies

Advocacy: AIDN National, through understanding the National industry’s view, will represent SMEs by providing a “Voice” for their issues and concerns and promoting members capabilities.

Representation: AIDN National will provide leadership and build and maintain key partnerships at local, national and international level, through influencing national policy and strategy and maintaining key relationships with political and Government decision makers.

Member Services: AIDN National, acting as a central point of coordination, will service its chapters and their members through providing relevant information and awareness on the defence and security environments, opportunities for collaboration and engagement and Governance oversight.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online/webinar

    You are invited to attend a lunch time informative and insightful webinar session with defence industry experts who will share:

    • how the industry contributes to defence programs
    • support building capabilities of local industry
    • opportunities for collaboration.

    The discussion will include a moderated Q&A session from participants.Meet the Panel

    • Mayor Teresa Harding | City of Ipswich
    • Stephen Moore | A/First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Department of Defence
    • Denise Johnston | Executive Director, Defence Jobs Queensland
    • Andrew Sanderson | Managing Director, TAE Aerospace
    • Brent Clark | Chief Executive Officer, AIDN National
    • Lee Davis | General Manager – L400 3 and Sales, Rheinmetall Defence Australia
    • Michelle Richard | Director – Purchasing, Thales Australia and New Zealand
    • Nigel Everingham | Chief Operating Officer, NIOA
    • Russ Cowton | Strategic Business Development Manager – Aircraft Modernisation and Sustainment, Northrop Grumman Australia
    • Scott White | Industry and Innovation Manager, Airbus Australia
    • Seamus Miller | General Manager – Strategy and Marketing, Nova Group
    • Tamanna Monem | Coordinator – Industry Development and Trade, Office of Economic Development, Ipswich City Council

    DATE: Wednesday 19 August 2020

    TIME: 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM AEST



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