The Australian Defence Alliance (ADA) and Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA) have signed a memorandum of understanding for partnership and collaboration to support the development of a sustainable national aviation and aerospace industry.
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The partnership is based on mutual goals of representation, support, sustainable growth through collaboration, innovation, and facilitation of new regional and global partnerships and the development of the aviation and aerospace industries domestically and globally.
ADA spokesperson Claire Willette said, "This MOU enables both organisations to co-develop positions of national interest and provide credible, experienced feedback into government as further policy and implementation guidance is enacted, whether that is on export strategy, workforce development, free trade agreements or any of the other relevant policies targeted at growing an economically sustainable industrial base."
The MOU was signed on 27 February 2019, immediately following an ADA-A/AA jointly-hosted panel titled 'Innovation and Strategy in Space', featuring former US astronaut Pam Melroy of Nova Systems; Carley Scott, CEO of Equatorial Launch Australia; and Mike deLaChapelle of Boeing.
Adam Burford, chairman of A/AA reinforced Willette's comments, saying, "The ability to align our member’s interests alongside those of Australia’s key defence aviation and aerospace SME supply chain partners is a priority for A/AA. And the opportunity to collaborate and leverage nationally businesses in the sector using our joint organisational links across our associations will be beneficial for all parties."
The ADA is Australia’s largest independent, professional advocacy body representing the policy and strategic governance needs of SME businesses in the defence and dual-use industries.
Representing 1100+ SMEs nationally through its partnership, which is between the Australian Defence Alliance – Victoria, the Defence Teaming Centre in SA, and the Henderson Alliance in WA, the ADA works at both tactical and strategic levels to ensure all opportunities are realised, and all obstacles examined, in the quest for increased global marketshare by Australia’s dual-use and defence SMEs.
A/AA is a not-for-profit and independent association, with an overarching objective to contribute to the long-term health and sustainability of Australia’s aviation and aerospace sector.