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Aussie SMEs to benefit from Indo Defence ‘18 opportunities

Australian SMEs will benefit from participating in the 2018 Indo Defence Expo and Forum

The biennial Indo Defence Expo and Forum is a four-day event hosted in Jakarta from 7-10 November 2018 by the Ministry of Defence, and is an indispensable place to learn, network and do business for Australia’s defence industry.

The biennial Indo Defence Expo and Forum is a four-day event hosted in Jakarta from 7-10 November 2018 by the Ministry of Defence, and is an indispensable place to learn, network and do business for Australia’s defence industry.

Indo Defence 2018, which will be held concurrently with the fifth Indo Marine 2018 Expo and Forum, will be the Indonesia's number one tri-service defence industry event.  


The event is four days, hence an extensive experience and exposure to sectors beyond just the defence industry. Indonesia's National Police, their Coast Guard, Search and Rescue Agency and Maritime Security Agency will all take part in the event as well.

Additionally, Indo Defence 2018 should allow Australian participants to talent scout among the entities displaying, hence it is an opportunity to find viable partners if that is necessary. The converse is also true, i.e. to get a sense of which entities an Australian SME doesn't want to deal with.

While defence sales are governed by the 2012 law, sales to other non-Defence security agencies are not. Many Australian defence SMEs, especially with products in the surveillance, personnel protection, intelligence and intelligence support, personnel weapons and sighting systems, or systems integration areas would possibly find business opportunities with non-defence customers.

As part of participating with the Team Defence Australia delegation to Indo Defence '18, all involved Australian SMEs will receive orientation briefs from AusTrade and Defence representatives at the event to provide current experience and insights. 


Additionally, involved SMEs will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and experiences with each other over the four days of the event. This also provides opportunities to build relationships with Defence Export Office personnel and key personnel, who will be on site to help make connections and smooth out language and cultural disconnects that may emerge. 

The Australian Defence Export Office is the centrepiece of the new defence export system announced in January 2018. It consolidates and grows existing export support functions, providing a focal point for defence exports and helping Australia’s defence industry to market its capability internationally.  

Based in the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Export Office works hand-in-hand with the CDIC to support the export efforts of Australian industry, for example: 

  • The Australian Defence Export Office manages an expanded Team Defence Australia initiative; and
  • The CDIC continues to manage the Global Supply Chain Program and supports the Team Defence Australia initiative by helping businesses through export readiness support. Additionally, the CDIC leverages relationships with prime companies in the Global Supply Chain Program to maximise engagement at international trade shows attended by Team Defence Australia.

The Indo Defence 2018 event will showcase leading-edge capabilities in sophisticated weapons systems and technologies, hardware and electronic warfare, training, simulation systems, defence and security peripherals. Held every two years, the exhibition brings together around 850 exhibitors from over 40 countries, offering capabilities and innovation for the defence and security sector.

Exhibiting on the Team Defence Australia stand is free of charge, however successful companies will be responsible for flights, accommodation, freight and other related costs.

The Indo Defence event runs from 7-10 November 2018, and a pre-event industry briefing will be held in Jakarta on Tuesday, 6 November.

More information is available here. To register your interest, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aussie SMEs to benefit from Indo Defence ‘18 opportunities
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