The NSW Treasury has just released the Defence NSW Industry Support Catalogue. The catalogue builds on the Commonwealth document released in November, which laid out defence industry support and related budget measures. The catalogue is split into six sections, each providing comprehensive details of each initiative. Here’s an overview of the support, including the available funding.  For full details, including aims of each initiative and eligibility criteria, download the full report below.    INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT [...]

December 18th, 2020|Categories: News|


Bringing defence primes, NSW SMEs, academia and the Department of Defence together, the dates and venue for the Hunter Defence Conference 2021 have now been announced.  This year’s event will be held 22-23 April at the award-winning Crown Plaza Hunter Valley.  We’re so pleased that the event is going ahead, after the 2020 conference was regretfully cancelled due to COVID-19. While we’ve continued our efforts online, nothing beats the opportunity to exchange information and ideas [...]

December 18th, 2020|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

Current Defence Primes Opportunities for NSW and Hunter Industry

Hunter Defence’s core objective is to promote Hunter Defence industry expertise to drive manufacturing, supply and sustainment opportunities to the region. In line with this, there are a range of current Defence Primes opportunities which NSW and Hunter SMEs and industry partners are well-positioned to take advantage of.    Land 400 Phase 3 DoD to select successful proponent in 2022 SMEs may register with Rheinmetal or Hanhwa   VRA Systems Land 400 Spike LR2 5th [...]

September 7th, 2020|Categories: News, Opportunities|Tags: , |

The Cost of Defence 2020-2021

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has released Part 1 of its 2020 Defence Strategic Update Brief focussing on the Government’s recent Defence Strategic Update (DSU) and its supporting Force Structure Plan. The paper, prepared by Dr Marcus Hellyer, Senior Analyst, Defence Economics, outlines the ‘remarkable commitment’ by the Australian Government to sustained growth in the defence budget – measured from a starting point in 2019-2020, the budget is planned to grow by 87.4% over [...]

September 7th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Defence Ready Seminar Series – Podcast Explainer

An Introduction to the Defence Readiness Seminar Series by Alan Rankins, CEO of Goal Group Listen to the podcast, explaining the background to why the Seminar Series, the benefits of participating, the seminar topics and who will be presenting... as well as the new virtual format. A full transcript of the interview is below.   Podcast Interview Alan – Thank you Grant it’s a fantastic honour for me to introduce this Defence Ready [...]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

Hunter Defence COVID-19 Update 20.04.2020

Minister for Defence Industry/CASG/Industry Reps - phone hook-up 17 April 2020 Minister Price:  2200 Defence personnel deployed in support of the COVID 19 health crisis – very much appreciated and doing great work in support of the nation. Government feels the range of measures in place has made the health crisis manageable, but very much aware and looking to assist where possible the impacts on the community. Industry and community need to remain disciplined [...]

April 20th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Hunter Defence COVID-19 Update 15.04.2020

Minister for Defence Industry Telecon 9 April 2020 Key Points Still early days. Pleased that control measures appear to be having desired effect but need to remain disciplined. All participants very happy re communications between Defence, States/Territories and industry groups. Positive feedback from SMEs in relation to payments flowing down from Defence to Primes to SMEs very quickly. Generally, defence industry SMEs in good shape – considerable amount of work is being brought forward. [...]

April 15th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Hunter Defence COVID-19 Update 06.04.2020

Meeting with Minister Price, CASG and State Industry Advocates - 3 April 2020 The latest Defence Advocates Meeting with CASG was held on 03 April and the following provides an overview of discussion points, key initiatives, and how Hunter Defence can support those in our region during this unprecedented chapter in Defence. Minister Price  It is obvious within government that many people across all industry are working very hard to manage this pandemic and [...]

April 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Hunter Defence COVID-19 Update 31.03.2020

The Defence Advocates Meeting with CASG was held on 26 March and the following provides an overview of discussion points, key initiatives, and how Hunter Defence can support those in our region during this unprecedented chapter in Defence. Overview: The Nation is in unchartered territory, as are all other nations A huge amount of work is being done at a Federal level, as well as National Security Committee (NSC), National Cabinet, and other groups [...]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

SME Defence Readiness Seminars

"This unique program has been designed to assist SMEs to develop a sound and informed understanding of specific demands and processes that apply to how Defence employs and buys products and services, and to provide unwritten knowledge around the sheer complexity of Defence and Defence Industry to enable your company to formulate sensible business and selling strategies within the Defence sector, or more simply, if your company even wishes to proceed with pursuing Defence [...]

October 4th, 2019|Categories: News|

Conference showcasing Defence opportunities

The 10th Anniversary Hunter Defence Conference is under way at Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley, where about 160 delegates and 30 presenters are discussing the diverse opportunities in the Defence sector for regional SMEs. Today’s Industry Showcase heard case studies from Hunter-based companies from a range of sectors who have successfully built solid portfolios of Defence work across land, sea and air, and in cyber technologies. One such success story is [...]

August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Media Releases|

Hunter poised to seize on Defence opportunities

The arrival of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) fleet at Williamtown RAAF Base has thrown an international spotlight on the Hunter’s industry capability that will boost our reputation as a Defence Ready region, an audience of industry stakeholders heard in Newcastle today. Hunter Defence Chair Tim Owen told the inaugural Hunter Defence industry lunch at Merewether Surfhouse that the selection of Williamtown as the Asia-Pacific sustainment hub for the F-35 program had created enormous [...]

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|

Hunter Defence Conference

The Hunter Defence Conference brings together a powerful collective of key decision-makers from Defence and Aviation including political and departmental agency leaders, CEOs of primes, vocational trainers and educators and other industry experts. Start August 22 End August 23 Venue Crown Plaza 430 Wine Country Drive Lovedale, NSW 2325 Australia

May 14th, 2019|Categories: News|

Inaugural Hunter Defence Business Lunch

Featuring Anthony Fraser AO, Head of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) As Head of CASG, Anthony Fraser oversees the acquisition of military equipment and supply requirements for the Australian Defence Force. He will offer insight into the opportunities available for regional suppliers in the Defence sector and the processes and requirements involved in being part of the global supply chain. Date 24th May 2019 Time 12.30pm to 2.30pm Venue Merewether Surfhouse 5 Henderson [...]

May 14th, 2019|Categories: News|

New task force to drive Defence opportunity in the Hunter

A high-level advocacy and action group has been formed to promote the Hunter’s defence industry capability and drive more defence contracts and investment to the region. The Hunter Defence collaborative task force will represent the interests of existing and potential participants in the defence industry. It will focus on demonstrating the capability of established Hunter defence industry suppliers to Government and prime contractors, as well as upskilling local SMEs to become ‘defence ready’. [...]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: Media Releases|
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