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Australian companies working to develop unique defence equipment now have the opportunity to
access the latest innovative technology as well as guidance from industry specialists, thanks to
the Enterprise Connect Defence Industry Innovation Centre.
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The Centre is a collaboration between Defence and
the Department of Innovation, Industry Science
and Research and aims to assist small-to-medium
enterprises (SME) in the defence sector improve
their productivity and competitiveness by providing
a full range of advisory services and assistance to
find the best ideas, research and technology.
Centre Director Tony Quick said the initiative
formed a key part of Defence’s suite of industry
skilling programs which are designed to support
skills development in Australian defence industry.
He and his six business advisors, all with direct
industry experience, have now worked with more
than 50 SMEs across the country to develop
strategies to become more competitive both in
Australia and internationally.
“We work with companies that have an annual
turnover up to a limit of $100 million,” Mr Quick
“A recent SME we worked with was developing
lightweight body armour and we helped
in developing a strategy to automate their
“We can also undertake detailed reviews of
key parts of each business such as their human
resource and supply chain systems.
“There are fantastic innovative capabilities within
so many Australian SMEs and we want to engage
with more of them.”
Mr Quick said the Centre’s focus was on working
confidentially with those companies that provided
specialist defence products, rather than general
goods that Defence may happen to buy.
so many Australian
SMEs and we want
to engage with
more of them.”
- Enterprise Connect Defence Industry
Innovation Centre Director Mr Tony Quick
ABOVe: At the launch of the Defence Industry Innovation Centre last year are (L-R): Jim McDowell from BAE Systems;
Rohan Stocker from Marand Precision Engineering; Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Greg Combet;
Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr; Defence Industry Innovation Centre Director
Tony Quick; Chris Jenkins from Thales Australia; and Mr Merv Davis from BAE Systems.
“We’re looking at companies that can provide
something that is uniquely required by Defence,”
Mr Quick said.
“Defence needs this technological edge because
we don’t have the volume of other defence forces.
“As they increase in capability, defence SMEs
will have an opportunity to win work in the global
supply chains of the large defence primes.”
Mr Quick added that the Centre’s business advisors
would be supported by experts from within the
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
and the Defence Materiel Organisation on specific
projects where required.
“We have a very close relationship with Defence
and realise there are tremendous resources we can
pool together,” he said.
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Greg Combet said the Centre was part
of a chain of support measures for the Australian
“The focus of the Centre is primarily on productivity
improvements and assistance to access the latest
research,” Mr Combet said.
“I have great expectations that the Centre will
deliver the specialised services that will assist the
defence industry sector to become more innovative
Mr Combet said that improving the performance of
the defence industry was particularly important in the
context of Defence’s Strategic Reform Program (SRP).
“The SRP seeks to achieve significant efficiency
savings across the Defence portfolio over the next
decade,” Mr Combet said.
“While SRP involves savings on the Defence side, it
also relies on industry improving its productivity.”
The Centre operates nationally from its base in
Dandenong, Victoria, with service hubs in most
capital cities throughout Australia.
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