Are you an SME that wants to break into the defence industry or is looking for new opportunities in the sector?

Defence is a multi-billion-dollar industry and SMEs provide more than half of the sector’s employees. There are many  opportunities for regional manufacturers and providers of goods and services to participate, however many firms don’t know how to meet defence industry requirements or build the business relationships that will help them win contracts.

Hunter Defence can help SMEs gain an understanding of the compliance requirements and procurement processes specific to the defence industry so they can position their firm to be a defence supplier. We can provide the knowledge SMEs need to develop successful business and selling strategies within the defence sector, as well as help firms to connect with contractors, fellow suppliers and industry experts and can alert them to contract opportunities and avenues for government assistance.

Our aim is to help SMEs progress from being ‘Defence Interested’ to 'Defence Ready’ – with potential to become an Advanced Defence SME or an industry Supplier of Choice.

A joint initiative between Hunter Defence, Department of Defence, Goal Group and Australian Industry & Defence Network NSW, the Defence Ready Seminar Series is designed to educate, prepare, grow and mature NSW businesses who are either active in, or considering, Defence as a business opportunity. It runs over 12 months and includes 13 training modules – each a complete course of 2-7 weeks.

The Defence Readiness Seminar Series is designed to assist SMEs to:
  • develop sustainable organisational capabilities and competencies to meet Australian and International Defence Prime Contractor requirements;
  • overcome identified weaknesses or shortfalls in their capabilities, competencies; or
  • when they must meet specific Defence tender requirements that require a credible response.
Learn about the Defence Ready Seminar Series

HUNTER DEFENCE HAS A RANGE OF SEMINARS AVAILABLE TO SMES THAT ARE GROUPED INTO THREE LEVELS.

SIMPLY CLICK ON EACH SEMINAR TOPIC TO SEE A DETAILED COURSE OVERVIEW.

You can register your interest to attend the seminars on any of the individual course pages.

For those with little or no knowledge of the Defence market and wishing to discover if it may be for them.
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For those entering the Defence market and wanting to know more about it.
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For those already in the Defence market and now needing specific skill areas.
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The Defence Ready Seminar Series is being delivered thanks to funding and collaboration with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC). For each seminar, 40 funded places are being made available to SMEs.

The Defence Department has set very clear guidance around the criteria for access to one of the 40 funded places within each of the thirteen courses. Priority is being given to Hunter and regional-NSW based SMEs, building capability to potentially partner on defence projects in the future.

With the full seminar series rolling out over the next 12-months, Hunter Defence will be scheduling ongoing communications as each course gets close to commencing. If your organisation successfully achieves a funded place in one of these courses, you’ll be advised three weeks before your selected seminar/s of interest are due to start.

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