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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

    • Tuesday, February 08, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM (AEDT)
    • Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra

    AIDN National Gala Dinner

    The Australian Industry & Defence Network Inc. (AIDN) is the premier Australian industry association representing Defence Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). AIDN has grown from humble beginnings to represent in excess of 800 member companies across Australia.

    The AIDN National Dinner will be held in Canberra on 8th February 2022, where we will present the AIDN annual National Young Achiever Award.

    For registration and Sponsorship information please contact Hannah Stock at hannah@precisionpublicaffairs.com



    Please note that tickets are non-transferrable (including name changes as per ACT COVID requirements) and non-refundable. If the event is unable to go ahead due to COVID-19, the date will be moved to another date 2022 and tickets will still be valid for the event.


    The Australian Industry & Defence Network Ltd (AIDN) is the premier Australian industry association representing Defence Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). AIDN has grown from humble beginnings to represent in excess of 1000 member companies across Australia.

    The AIDN National Dinner will be held in Canberra on 8th February 2022, where we will present the AIDN annual National Young Achiever Award.


    • Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP
    • Tony Fraser (CASG) presenting the AIDN National Young Achievers Award
    • More speakers to be announced shortly

    Those who will be invited to attend the AIDN National Dinner will include:

    • The Minister for Defence Industry

    • The Secretary and Deputy Secretaries of Defence

    • The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

    • Chiefs of Defence and Services representing our ultimate customer, the men & women of the ADF

    • AIDN National CEO, AIDN National Board of Directors and State Chapter Executives

    • AIDN member companies including Prime contractors

    • Various industry, defence and media representatives


    Also please note the terms and conditions below. Acceptance of these terms and conditions are implied if a ticket is purchased for this event:

    1. You must adhere to social distancing at all times (1.5m away from others). AIDN will have Staff doing random checks and if you are not social distancing you will be asked to social distance and given a warning. If we have to give you more than 2 warnings you will be asked to leave the event as AIDN may be fined by the police for attendees not social distancing and AIDN takes this very seriously.
    2. If you are feeling unwell or have a fever, have been in close contact with a known active case of COVID-19, have travelled overseas in the previous 14 days, have been to a COVID affected area in the past 14 days (please refer to www.covid19.act.gov.au), please do not attend the event and notify AIDN on administration@aidn.org.au so your ticket can be reallocated (this does not mean reallocated to another person in your organisation - see T&C 8. The ticket will be forfeited). If symptoms develop during the event you are to leave immediately and seek medical advice.
    3. Attendees will be required to show a valid photo identification (e.g. drivers licence, 18+ card, passport) to AIDN staff to be checked off the attendee list to ensure you have a valid ticket. If you do not have a valid ticket matched to your name you will not be permitted entry as tickets are not transferable. This is a requirement of the ACT COVID tracing.
    4. Attendees will need to complete a contact registry which will ask if you have been in contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 and you will be required to provide your full name, organisation name and mobile phone number as well as answer questions regarding COVID-19 through the Check in CBR App.
    5. Attendees may have their temperature checked before entry. If your temperature is above normal, you will be asked to stand to the side for 15 minutes (we understand that when rushing it's normal for your temperature to rise slightly so the 15 minutes is giving you time to cool down) and then we will take your temperature again. If your temperature is above average you will not be permitted to enter the event.
    6. After doing your contact tracing and temperature reading, you will be asked to use hand sanitiser before entering the event. There will also be plenty of hand sanitiser inside for your use and we encourage regular use of the hand sanitiser.
    7. We ask members and attendees not to shake hands and to elbow bump or wave to each other instead.
    8. Tickets are non-refundable (unless the event is cancelled) and non-transferrable and no name changes will be accepted. On the night names will be checked against the registration to ensure only booked attendees are permitted entry as per COVID regulations with attendees required to show a valid photo identification to prove their registration.
    9. AIDN will be monitoring the location/address of attendees and has the ability to rescind the right of entry of ticket purchasers from a designated hot spot location.
    10. As per current ACT COVID requirements, attendees are not permitted to stand/move around whilst drinking beverages. Attendees must be seated to drink beverages.
    11. If any individual who may be at a higher risk of severe disease AIDN warns you about your risk of attendance and takes no responsibility for your attendance if you become ill.
    12. AIDN recommends attendees download and activate the COVIDSafe app and the Check In CBR app.
    13. These terms and conditions are subject to change and we endeavour to advise you of these changes as soon as we can.

    • 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

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 AIDN NSW Young Achiever Lunch
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 AIDN QLD Annual Gala Dinner
Friday, November 05, 2021 WA Defence Industry 2021 Gala Dinner
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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