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Industry bodies secure defence SME strategic partnership

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The Australian Industry Group Defence Council has signed individual MoUs with both the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) and Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN National) to collaborate on the development and capacity building of SMEs within the defence industry. 

As part of the agreements, the DTC and AIDN National will join Ai Group's Defence Council national executive.


Chair of the Ai Group Defence Council Andy Keough said the agreements will see the organisations collaborate more to help boost competitiveness in the industry.

"Supporting our SMEs is one of the most important objectives of Ai Group's Defence Council, which is why I am pleased to be working with both AIDN National and the DTC. Both these organisations have proud records supporting and promoting SMEs in the defence industry," Keough said.

Deputy chair of the Ai Group Defence Council and SME representative Chris Williams said, “These initiatives are designed to support the federal government's investment in defence projects and will help ensure SMEs are deeply engaged in this national endeavour."

The Ai Group Defence Council is the peak national representative body for the Australian defence industry, bringing government, Defence and defence industry together for the benefit of Australia's national security and the growth and development of locally based defence industry.



The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) is the peak industry association for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the defence and security sectors.

Established in 1995, AIDN represents the interests of Australian SMEs in the defence and security industry sectors by advocacy, representation and member services.

AIDN is made up of State and Territory Chapters with a combined membership of around 600 principally SME companies. Its chapter structures are optimised to reflect the nature of the defence and security industries in each State and Territory, which ensures that its national direction is informed by a full range of industry views. 

The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) is a nationally-focused member organisation connecting and supporting Australian industry to develop capability and increase overall competitiveness in domestic and global defence markets.

DTC has a large membership which includes Prime Defence Contractors, Small-to-Medium Enterprises, Professional Service Providers and Academic Institutions that are involved in supplying and supporting Defence capability. 

The DTC is a part of the Australian Defence Alliance (ADA), a collaboration with AIDN-Victoria and WA’s Henderson Alliance to offer professionally managed advocacy, strategic governance and policy support. Together, members of the ADA represents close to 1000 small to medium sized enterprises in defence and dual-use industries. 

Industry bodies secure defence SME strategic partnership
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