ADM/DMO Industry Team of the Year Awards for Excellence 2013

Each year the Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) hosts the ADM Congress. In 2014 it will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra on 25-26 February 2014.  

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 2013 ADM DMO / Industry awards will be held 7:30 pm, Tuesday 25 February 2014 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.


Eligible activities for all categories include any project that is completed, or any significant project milestone achieved, that contributes to the DMO’s ability to effectively equip and sustain the ADF during the 2013 calendar year.

The only exception is an FMS acquisition. An FMS acquisition is not an eligible activity, however the installation or integration of equipment acquired through an FMS case is an eligible activity.

If in any doubt about the eligibility of your activity, please contact the Awards Convenor.

The acquisition of materiel or equipment that is conducted as a Rapid Acquisition, but is not formally designated as a Rapid Acquisition, is eligible for entry in the Rapid Acquisition category.

Definitions of Major and Minor Projects

Major Capital Equipment (MCE) projects are generally those with a total budget approval of greater than $20 million and are funded through the Defence Capability Plan (DCP). Projects under $20 million may also be funded through the DCP where they are also complex, joint or strategic in nature [1].

Minor projects are generally less than $20 million, although higher value projects may be assessed as minor if they are not complex, joint or strategic in nature [2]. They are funded through a Defence Group [3] budget allocation under the Minor Capital Acquisition Program.

[1] refer to Section 1-3 of the Defence Capability Development Handbook

[2] separate Service directives apply DI(AF), DI(N) and DI(A)

[3] this is generally a Service (Army, Navy or Air Force) but other Defence Groups also fund some minor projects

You may wish to discuss an award nomination with your respective DMO project / sustainment team before entering. Information on how to enter can be downloaded here, including:  

  • Entry Preparation Checklist

  • Judging Criteria - All Categories

  • Award Entry Form

Entries are due on December 6, 2013 with the Awards Coordinator, ADM Publisher Judy Hinz who can be contacted at 07 3348 6966 or who can also be contacted for any enquiries.

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