Budget + Policy

An independent review of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) will aim to strengthen support for small and regional businesses.

ADM spoke with Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price about actions taken to support SMEs in the wake of COVID-19.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds and Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price have released a joint statement outlining economic support measures for defence industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The difference in public communications around COVID-19 between the Australian and NZ governments has been commented on much in the past month.

For the better part of two decades, government (and by extension the Department of Defence) have blown hot and cold on Australian Defence industry.

There are a range of regulatory challenges for any potential or existing Defence supplier to consider in order to remain both current and competitive.

The plans provide information and set key priorities on how the Australian Government would work with defence industry to build and grow sovereign industrial capabilities.

Efforts to get more women into STEM, and especially into defence industry, need a more personalised understanding of individual academic strengths.

AIDN has called for an urgent review of the Australian Industry Capability (AIC) program.

Minister Price, now clearly settled in the portfolio, was unusually frank in her off-script remarks to the National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit in Perth.

News in the past month that Australia has dropped in Defence exports rankings needs some context.

The Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) will be dissolved at the end of 2019.

New Zealand has begun implementing updated procurement rules that ban offsets but outline requirements for ‘broader outcomes’.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has launched the strategy at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2019.

Australia has become the world’s second largest weapons importer but has dropped to 25th in the export rankings.

Australia will need to shift its domestic energy policies to ensure the Pacific step-up achieves its strategic goals.