The Essington Lewis Awards are designed to recognise excellence in the degree to which industry and the Department of Defence have worked together in a spirit of collaboration to overcome challenges or problems – ensuring that the ADF has or will have the materiel it needs, when it needs it, and at a cost that represents value for money.
This perpetual trophy is named in honour of Essington Lewis, the industrialist and wartime director of munitions during WWII.
Trophies and certificates will be awarded at the Defence + Industry Gala Awards in Canberra on Wednesday 1 August 2018.
Eligible activities for all categories include any achievement in the acquisition and sustainment/logistic support and service provision domains that contributes to the Department of Defence’s ability to effectively equip and sustain the ADF in the calendar year of 2017.
In order to expand the circle of collaboration between Defence and Industry, ADM has expanded the Essington Lewis Awards, previously restricted to CASG, to include entries from Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG), Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG).
All categories are open to companies who work closely in a direct contractual relationship with these agencies. Work done must demonstrate the same level of collaboration between the relevant Defence contracting agency and Defence industry for either a service or project support.
SMEs who contract to Defence via a prime are also welcome to enter as long as all three parties are part of the entry form.
Certificate category winners are then eligible to be considered for the Essington Lewis trophy (one to a Prime and one to an SME).
FMS acquisitions are not eligible for entry – but the integration of FMS equipment into ADF assets is eligible.
Entries in all categories are open to major companies and SMEs. ADM is using the Commonwealth definition of a SME: less than 200 full time employees.
a. Major acquisition - Over $50 million
b. Minor acquisition - Under $50 million
c. Major sustainment activity - Over $20 million/year
d. Minor sustainment activity - Under $20 million/year
e. Support/services (e.g. assistance to the Department of Defence reform / above the line support, or could be corporate support services etc)
Essington Lewis Trophy Categories
- Department of Defence/Major Company Team of the Year for 2017
- Department of Defence/SME Team of the Year for 2017
* The Trophy category winners will be selected from the certificate category winners.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- Effectiveness of overall approach
- Risk management & Innovation in problem solving
- Commitment of Department of Defence/Industry teams
Expression of interest
In an effort to streamline the awards, all interested parties are asked to complete an expression of interest document. A template for this has been provided and can be downloaded here.
To find out more information about the awards and categories, the call for entry document can be downloaded here.
Once reviewed and approved by the awards convener, an entry form template will be provided in order to finalise your entry into the awards.
The expression of interest deadline is the 13th December 2017.