Hunter Defence has announced the launch of a series of ‘Defence Ready’ seminars, which aim to help SMEs to break into the defence industry.
Hunter Defence taskforce chair Tim Owen said the seminars were the perfect way for manufacturers and service-based firms interested in working in defence to find out how to position their business to take advantage of opportunities in the sector.
“Defence can be a hard sector to crack if you don’t have the required accreditations, contacts and quality standards, but the rewards are rich for those who make the effort to be ‘Defence Ready’ and market their products well,” Owen said.
“We have seen companies in the Hunter like Varley Group grow their defence business from a single contract to a huge portfolio of contract work across land, sea, air and cyber.
“With the arrival of the JSF program at Williamtown, there has never been a better time for Hunter firms to explore opportunities in defence.”
The first seminar takes place at the University of Newcastle on Monday, 4 November, and is called the Defence Introduction seminar.
Designed and developed by a number of key partners in the Hunter Defence Taskforce including Goal Group, the Australian Defence Industry Network (AIDN), HunterNet and McLean Management Consultants, the seminars aim to help small to medium businesses "build the organisational capabilities and competencies that will help them win work with Australian and international defence primes".
Hunter Defence said that the initiative is drawing international attention, citing a New Zealand party being interested in presenting a course for SMEs across the Tasman.