Each year the Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) hosts the ADM Congress. In 2012 it will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra on 21-22 February 2012.
Held in conjunction with the ADM Congress are the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) / Industry awards which recognise excellence in the level of collaboration between DMO and Industry personnel. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise acquisition and sustainment teams who have shown high levels of capability, cooperation and project management prowess.
The 2011 ADM DMO / Industry awards will be held at 7:30 pm, Tuesday 21 February 2012 at Old Parliament House in Canberra.
The DMO / Industry awards are structured into four categories from which a Major Company / DMO team and a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) / DMO team are chosen. Winning teams are awarded the perpetual Essington Lewis trophies, one for the Major Company / DMO team and one for the SME / DMO team.
The four award categories are:
a. major acquisition;
b. minor acquisition;
c. sustainment / Logistic Support Activity; and
d. rapid acquisition
For information on the definition of major / minor acquisitions refer below.
Major Capital Equipment (MCE)
Major Capital Equipment (MCE) projects are generally greater than $20m and funded through the Defence Capability Plan (DCP). DMO contributes at each stage from the Needs Phase to In-Service Support (ISS). Depending on the Acquisition Strategy, major projects will usually utilise either ASDEFCON strategic or complex procurement templates or Foreign Military Sales (FMS). Projects under $20m may also be funded through the DCP where they are also complex, joint or strategic in nature .
Minor projects are generally less than $20m, although higher value projects may be assessed as minor if they are not complex, joint or strategic in nature . They are funded through a Defence Group  budget allocation under the Minor Capital Acquisition Program and are subject to a two pass approval process if they are $8m or greater in value.
You may wish to discuss an award nomination with your respective DMO project / sustainment team. Information on how to enter can be downloaded here, including:
Entries are due with the DMO Awards Coordinator, Melanee Lacey, Commercial and Industry Programs Division, BP25-3-093 by NLT 11 Jan 12.
Further information is available by contacting Melanee Lacey on (02) 6144 2766 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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