• The arrival of F-35s at RAAF Williamtown is an opportunity for Hunter defence industry.
    The arrival of F-35s at RAAF Williamtown is an opportunity for Hunter defence industry. Defence

Hunter Defence has launched a series of ‘Defence Ready’ seminars designed to help SMEs break into or expand their footprint in 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 Defence Ready seminars are designed to help SMEs build the organisational capabilities and competencies that will help them win work with Australian and international primes. The initiative has already attracted international attention, with a party in NZ interested in presenting the course for SMEs across the Tasman.

The series will launch with a Defence Introduction seminar at the University of Newcastle on Monday 4 November. The course has been developed by a number of partners in the Hunter Defence Taskforce including Goal Group, AIDN, HunterNet and McLean Management Consultants.

Further seminars, targeting specific areas of defence industry involvement tailored to firms at various levels of industry engagement will be rolled out in 2021.

More about the seminars or book a place in the Defence Introduction course is available here.

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