Awards process

Defence Connect, in conjunction with the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards, has developed a robust awards methodology that recognises growth, business development, diversity, leadership, innovation, business excellence and contribution to Australia’s defence and national security, using key benchmarks and performance indicators.

To view all award categories, click here.


Any individual or group wishing to enter the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards 2020 will need to complete a detailed submission answering key category criteria and provide supporting evidence. To review all category details, assessment criteria and submission requirements, click here.

You are welcome to nominate a business partner, colleague, industry participant, business, sub-contractor, university or association for a Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Award. Nominating is easy and will take less than a minute; nominations across multiple categories can be done on the one form. The nominee will need to undertake the submission process should they choose to participate in the awards program.

Submissions must be lodged via the online secure awards submission platform. All submissions must be received via the platform by 5:30pm on Thursday, 10 September 2020.

Our awards platform is safe and secure. It’s ISO/IEC 27001 certified, compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), PCI DSS, and more.

Submissions for all categories will be assessed against the specific category criteria, scored and then shortlisted to determine award finalists. Finalists will then be announced.

Finalists (individuals and groups) will be contacted directly as well as published on Defence Connect and the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards website. Finalists will be announced during the month of October 2020.

Finalists’ submissions (across all categories) will be delivered to a panel of respected industry professionals and business leaders, who will assess each submission for the categories in which they are judging. Judges are drawn from the business community, academia, associations, not-for-profit, consulting and specific industry sectors – offering diversity in submission assessment.

A pool of judges will be allocated to judge each category to ensure a blended assessment of submissions. Judges will score each submission against the specific category criteria and assessment requirements, with the aggregate of the judges’ scores used to determine the category winner.

One winner will be announced per award category, with the awards presented at a gala black-tie dinner. For full details on the event, click here.

For additional details on the methodology and your submissions, please contact our team here.

*Submission categories are subject to change.

Our Judges


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

We’re currently assembling a respected panel of judges who will review and assess all 30+ categories based on the methodology outlined above. Full details of our judging panel will be released shortly.

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

Also, don’t miss out on nominating a business partner, colleague, industry participant, business, sub-contractor, university or association for a Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Award.

Nominating is easy and will take less than a minute using the form found here. Nominations across multiple categories can be done on the one form.

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Bob Love CB, OBE

MSS Transition Advisor

The Hon David Johnston

Australian Defence Industry Export Advocate
Commonwealth of Australia

Dr Maria Pozza

Director and Principal Lawyer
Gravity Lawyers

Major General (Ret'd) Gus McLachlan AO

Strategic Defence Advisor (Former Commander, Forces Command Australian Army)
Queensland Dept State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning

George Mifsud

Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium

Glenn Johnston

Director, Procurement Sustainability
Transport for NSW

Glenn Kunning

Self Employed Business Coach

Ian Irving

Managing Director

Innes Willox

Chief Executive
The Australian Industry Group

Jevan Goodhew

Director - Defence Industry
ANZ Banking Group

John Harvey AM

NSW Defence Advocate (Former Chief Capability Development Group)
NSW Treasury

John O'Callaghan

Victorian Defence Industry Advocate
Victorian Government

Joseph Catanzariti AM

Vice President
Fair Work Commission

Justin Forsell

Chief Legal Counsel

Dr. Malcolm Ronald Davis

Senior Analyst – Defence Strategy and Capability
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Mark Hodgson

Mark Hodgson Transformational Leadership

Michael McLeod

Message Stick Group

Michelle Price


Neville Hurst

Senior Lecturer
RMIT University

Lt Gen (Ret'd) Peter Leahy AC

Director National Security Institute
University of Canberra

Rear Admiral Raydon Gates AO, CSM

Defence Advocate
Western Australia

Renae Lattey

Managing Partner, Clients and Mergers & Acquisitions
King & Wood Mallesons

Robert Cutler

Chief Executive Partner
Clayton Utz