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A more secure Australia through enhancing industry and defence capability.

How we help members:

  • Assist members in their dealings with the Australian Government (including Government Departments) and Defence prime contractors.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of Australian Government and prime contractor defence and security-related policy and procurement information to members.
  • Represent members in the presentation of a consolidated Australian SME view, independent of federal or sectoral interests, to both Federal and State/Territory Governments and Defence Prime Contractors.
  • Facilitate networking between Federal, State/Territory and regional Defence Industry bodies aimed to optimise Australian industrial capability/content in all Defence and Security-related contracts.
  • Assist in the development of policies focused on SMEs operating in the Defence and Security sectors. 
  • Actively advocate to Federal and State/Territory Governments, Prime Contractors and Government departments such as Defence and Border Force in order to maximise the opportunities for Australian SMEs.
  • Provide members an opportunity for networking (including at non AIDN-led exhibitions and conferences) - facilitating collaboration between members to supply greater capacity and capability to the Australian Defence Forces and security agencies.
  • Inform members of available training relevant to their business needs.

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

    • Friday, November 05, 2021
    • (WAST)
    • Optus Stadium, Perth

    WA Defence Industry 2021 Gala Dinner

    SOLD OUT!!

    The Australian Industry and Defence Network Western Australia (AIDN WA) and the Henderson Alliance are pleased to announce a new date for the WA Defence Industry 2021 Gala Dinner – 5 November 2021. The Gala Dinner will be held at Optus Stadium with registration and pre drinks starting at 6 pm.

    Make sure to keep an eye on your inbox on Tuesday 7 September for your dinner invitation. The invitation will include the all important purchase ticket link, with tickets being available for purchase online from 10.30 am on Wednesday 8 September. Tickets are strictly limited, so book early to secure your spot.

    Get those dance shoes on, and be ready to enjoy a fantastic evening of networking and celebration!!

    Date: 5 November 2021

    Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm

    Location: Optus Stadium, Perth WA

    Tickets are available here.

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Hilton, Brisbane

    AIDN QLD Annual Gala Dinner

    Join guests from across the Australian SME community, Defence Primes, Defence Force and industry organisations for an evening of unmissable entertainment, great food and wine!

    The event will feature keynote and guest speakers from Defence and Industry:

    • Brigadier Mark Ascough, CSC, DSM - Guest Speaker
    • Carl Quarterman - AIDN QLD President and AIDN National Board Member
    • Ben James General Manager – Weapons and Munitions, NIOA
    • AIDN QLD Young Achiever Award (YAA) Winner Announcement proudly supported and presented by the Queensland Goverment
    • More speakers to be announced shortly


    Date: Thursday 10th of November 2021

    Time: 1830

    Location: Hilton, Brisbane (190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4001)

    Dress: Black Tie or Mess Kit with Miniatures, Ladies – Formal Attire.

    RSVP: 6pm, Tuesday 2 November, 2021.


    AIDN Members use the promo code in your emails to unlock member-only pricing.

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    For more information on Sponsorships click here.

    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM (AEDT)
    • SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney


    SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

    Wednesday 17th November 2021 - 12.00pm to 2.30pm

    Sponsored by the NSW Government

    We hope you can join us to meet some of NSW’s brightest and best in the Defence Industry and celebrate AIDN NSW Young Achievers at the YAA Award Lunch. After these recent disruptions, this is a great opportunity to reconnect with the network and to meet the upcoming contributors to Defence Industry. We are proudly sponsored by the NSW Government.

    • -        Welcome speech by Mike Gallagher, A/Executive Director, Investment Partnerships
    • -        Keynote speech by Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Kym Osley AM CSC, NSW Defence Advocate
    • -        Tamara Perry of Thales Australia, Winner of the 2014 AIDN NSW YAA
    • -        Announcement of the AIDN NSW Young Achiever for 2021. Kym Osley will present the awards to the winner and runners-up.

    The AIDN Young Achiever Award (YAA) was created to recognise the important contribution made by driven and talented young people in Australia's defence industry who are the key to its future. The winner will go on to be the NSW nomination at the National Awards.

    This function will be in line with the current NSW COVID restrictions and only opened to those who are double-vaccinated.

    Attendance is $50 for members of AIDN NSW with a cost of $80 for non-members

    Please RSVP by Monday 15th November 2021 via this link


    With many thanks to our drinks sponsor:  HTR Engineering

    • Wednesday, March 02, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM (AEDT)
    • Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

    AIDN NSW 27th Anniversary Dinner

    Thales Australia, Precision Metal Group and the NSW Government proudly present the AIDN NSW 27th Anniversary Dinner.

    When: Wednesday 2nd March 2022

    Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George St, Sydney

    6.30pm pre dinner drinks and networking

    7.30pm seated for dinner

    $180 incl. GST per member or guest

    $260 incl. GST per non-member

    Table of 10 $1,620 member, $2,340 non-member

    Dress: Black tie with miniatures or dark lounge suit Ladies equivalent

    RSVP: Friday 18th February 2022


    • The Hon. Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry - invited
    • The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
    • Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia
    • Sarah Pavillard, CEO & Founder, Adroita

    Invited Distinguished Guests:

    • Chief of the Defence Force
    • Chief of Navy, Chief of Army, Chief of Air Force
    • Chief Defence Scientist
    • Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
    • Deputy Secretary, Defence Estate & Infrastructure

    For invitation and registration details, please click here.

Past events

Thursday, May 06, 2021 AIDN NSW 27th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, March 25, 2021 AIDN NSW March Function
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Battleplan to Landforces
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 AIDN National Gala Dinner 2021
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 ADM Congress
Monday, October 26, 2020 The Road To Land Forces
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 Effective Quad Chart Design
Thursday, October 01, 2020 Defence Industry Essentials
Thursday, September 03, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfast - Cairns
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfast - Ipswich
Thursday, August 27, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfast - Sunshine Coast
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Breakfasts - Bundaberg
Thursday, July 09, 2020 WEBINAR: ASEAN e-commerce – Accessing 650 million consumers
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 NAVAL SHIPBUILDING COLLEGE WEBINAR SERIES: Trades – A world of Opportunity
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Singapore Airshow 2020
Friday, November 08, 2019 Defence Ipswich Supply Chain Opportunities Symposium 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019 Capricorn Major Projects Forum
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 Navigating the Evaluation Process to Build Better Tender Responses
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 AIDN/Thales Networking Function
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 Are you Defence Ready
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards

AIDN (Australian Industry & Defence Network)

is proud to announce we are the winner for the

Defence Connect Awards for

Industry Association of the Year 2020!

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