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Award winners announced at Australian defence industry’s night of nights

The Australian Defence Industry Awards 2019 has recognised the nation’s top defence industry professionals and businesses during a stunning inaugural event in Canberra.

Recognising leading professionals and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders – from our primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations, through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.


Held at the Australian Institute of Sport, ACT, the black tie gala event brought together the “who’s who” at the Australian defence industry’s night of nights.

Please see all the winners from Defence Connect’s inaugural Australian Defence Industry Awards, below:

Individual Categories



Academic of the Year
Jason Ford - Queensland University of Technology
Consultant of the Year
Rebecca Jensen - PricewaterhouseCoopers
Engineer of the Year
Dr Hugh Stone - Airbus Australia Pacific
Executive of the Year
Gabby Costigan - BAE Systems Australia
Female Defence Leader of the Year
Amanda Holt - SYPAQ
Graduate of the Year
Sherry Tang - Nova Systems
Indigenous Defence Leader of the Year
Kristal Kinsela-Christie - IPS Management Consultants
Innovator of the Year
Dr Shane Arnott - Boeing Australia
Marketing/Communications Professional of the Year
Kaye Noske - BAE Systems Australia
Rising Star of the Year
Thomas Davis - Lockheed Martin Australia
Scientist of the Year
Roberto Sabatini - RMIT University
Technician of the Year
Benjamin Osborne - Sikorsky Australia
Defence Connect Excellence Award 
Dr Shane Arnott - Boeing Australia


Company Categories

Academic Institution of the Year
Wodonga Institute of TAFE
Aerospace Business of the Year
Quickstep Holdings
Consultancy of the Year
DEWC Services
Cyber Business of the Year
Defence Innovator of the Year
OPEC Systems
Estate & Infrastructure Business of the Year
Export Business of the Year
EOS Defence Systems
Graduate Program of the Year
Nova Systems
Indigenous Business of the Year
Total Surveying Solutions
Industry Association of the Year
Weld Australia
Land Business of the Year
Major Defence Contractor of the Year
Boeing Defence Australia
Manufacturer of the Year
Australian Munitions
Naval Business of the Year
Naval Ship Management
SME of the Year - Metropolitan
Seeing Machines
SME of the Year - Regional
Space Business of the Year
EOS Space Systems
Start-up of the Year
Sub-contractor of the Year
Versalux Marine
Training and Mentorship Program of the Year
ManpowerGroup for Defence Force Recruiting
Veteran Support Program of the Year
Soldier On

Stay tuned for continued coverage of the winners and their thoughts from the inaugural Australian Defence Industry Awards hosted by Defence Connect. 

Award winners announced at Australian defence industry’s night of nights
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