While industry speculates over rumours of rifts and tensions between the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC), the national AIDN body has issued a statement on DTC’s decision to cease representing the AIDN South Australia chapter.
In a statement to media, AIDN thanked DTC "for it’s long-standing support of SME’s within South Australia on behalf of our National Network", with new national president for AIDN Rob Forbes adding, "We wish them well for the future."
The industry advocacy body said it has been working hard to establish a single voice on behalf of all members nationally, but hinted the organisation is learning to adjust to a "new order" within the defence industry.
"AIDN National ... continues to work with various representative bodies and state and federal government organisations to ensure that we too are adapting to the new order of true collaboration to build the necessary capacity of our industrial base in support of key Defence programs," the media release said.
"AIDN reaffirms that its focus will remain to be the representative of the large number of SME suppliers in support of the Australian defence and security forces. It will continue to provide this on a national basis in all states and territories. The success in providing this representation is reflected in a growing national membership base and its continued advocacy and support to the SME community."
DTC will cease in representing AIDN SA from March this year. The organisation has also withdrawn as a member of AIDN.
In a statement to DTC members, chief executive Margot Forster said the decision to part ways with AIDN was made to address ongoing conflicts of interests.
"Increasingly, we have found that DTC’s role as the SA-based chapter of AIDN conflicts with the DTC’s national focus and reach. This has not been in the best interest of our members," the statement read.