The Defence Industry's
Event of the Year

The Australian Defence Industry Awards was created to reflect the comprehensive role of the defence industry as a fundamental input to Australia’s capability.

The 2020 sell-out hybrid awards, were simultaneously held in-person at four state locations and live streamed to all of Australia. Celebrated the achievements and excellence of the industry’s most successful professionals and businesses. This year, the black-tie gala event will bring together leaders to celebrate the industry’s night of nights in Canberra — and you’re invited to attend!

Recognising people and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders — from primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

The awards are open to all businesses operating in Australia supporting the defence supply chain and have become a coveted accolade for organisations and professionals seeking to forge their role in the defence industry.

Be a part of this groundbreaking initiative and put your peers, colleagues or yourself forward for these coveted accolades.

Principal Partner


Why Enter the Awards?

For organisations, securing an Australian Defence Industry Award will set you apart when attracting and retaining the best talent, while strengthening your position when winning defence projects or contracts. For individuals, recognition will underpin career advancement.

With a judging panel including ex-senior ADF leaders, academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators, an Australian Defence Industry Award is peer-reviewed recognition of your capabilities in defence and passion for driving the industry forward.

With the defence industry now established as a fundamental input to capability, an Australian Defence Industry Award reaffirms the role of your organisation, or you personally, in advancing the defence industry and capability building.


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The Australian Defence Industry Awards is an initiative of Defence Connect, the integrated market intelligence platform for Australia’s defence sector.

Part of Momentum Media’s suite of brands, Defence Connect is a media and knowledge platform focused on increasing the connectivity of Australia’s defence industry and helping the sector capitalise on the largest spend in defence capability building since the Second World War.

It received the highly coveted accolade of Business Website of the Year at the 2018 Mumbrella Publish Awards.

Defence Connect has gained rapid engagement with defence and the defence industry and is considered as an essential source for breaking news and market intelligence for the sector.

The platform now connects with 130,000+ defence and national security professionals every month across online, events, social and broadcast channels, delivering essential information to help organisations make more informed business decisions and deliver greater defence capabilities.



Momentum Media is driven to creating Australia’s most influential media and professional development business across the markets we operate in.

Our events business is recognised as one of the best in Australia, with a number of our awards programs securing national accolades.

Some of our programs include the Australian Law Awards, the Australian Accounting Awards, the Australian Defence Industry Awards, the Women in Finance Awards, the Better Business Awards and the REB Awards. For more details, visit our website here.

With a reach spanning over a million professionals, high-net-worth individuals and SME business owners, Momentum is connected to the rapidly changing preferences and attitudes of our communities — and we’re making a positive contribution for them to thrive.

Momentum Media’s suite of brands help shape the direction of corporate Australia through delivering market intelligence, news, insights, leadership and knowledge across key market segments — ensuring organisations and individuals are better informed.

Whether it’s defence, national security and space through to mortgages, financial advice, legal or accounting, our aim is to be peerless and to excel in all facets of our business.

This vision empowers Momentum to set the standard that other media businesses admire and seek to emulate. And there’s a good reason why Momentum remains one of the fastest growing media businesses in Australia: we do media our way. We’re a trailblazing business that relishes challenge, change and opportunity. We’re not shackled to any form of communication and are driven by delivering essential content and intelligence to our audiences via the channels that they choose.

This ranges from digital and mobile news and market intelligence, conferences and events, benchmarking, research and analysis through to broadcast, print, podcast, social and awards


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