A new slate of national innovation awards for Australia’s civil security professionals has been announced, with two cash awards of $15,000 up for grabs.
Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited (IDSAL), organisers of CIVSEC 2018, announced the new awards for innovators in the cyber security, physical security and policing, disaster relief, emergency management and humanitarian fields.
The awards look to recognise those making up the 'fourth arm' of Australian security that aims to protect communities and national populations that cannot be addressed solely by the Australian Defence Force.
Six awards will be presented in total for the following categories:
- CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Cyber Security;
- CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Physical Security & Policing;
- CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Disaster Relief, Emergency Management and Humanitarian Services;
- CIVSEC 2018 Young Innovator Award;
- CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Civil Security; and
- CIVSEC 2018 SME Innovation Grant for Civil Security.
"The CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Awards are designed to recognise and reward those Australian companies, government and research organisations, and individuals who are innovative in how they tackle the humanitarian and security challenges we all face," said CIVSEC 2018 CEO Ian Honnery.
The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies, and the innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business. Young innovators could be engineers, managers or early-career researchers working in a government agency, industry, academia or a specialist research centre.
Entries will be judged on their understanding of the user needs and the originality of the innovation. Entrants are able to download the eligibility criteria, entry forms and a guide to entrants from the CIVSEC 2018 website here.
Nominations for the CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Awards will close on 12 March 2018 with a shortlist of candidates drawn up by 2 April 2018.
CIVSEC 2018 will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) from 1-3 May 2018.
The Innovation Awards were launched in 2012 by IDSAL’s parent, the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited. Since then, Australian companies and researchers have been presented with SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Scholarships worth $230,000 at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition, the Land Forces Exposition and the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition.