Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has welcomed awards to recognise and reward Australian companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and commercial maritime innovation.
Nominations are open for the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards, which will be awarded at the 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition in October.
“There are so many small-to-medium enterprises that have developed world-leading products that have not only met Australia’s defence needs but achieved success internationally,” Minister Pyne said.
“These awards are about celebrating, recognising and rewarding the skills and expertise that exists within Australia.
“I strongly encourage companies and individuals to put their nominations forward.”
Innovation is at the forefront of the Government’s principal defence industry and innovation initiatives, a key driver to generate new defence capability.
The Next Generation Technologies Fund will invest around $730 million over the decade in technologies that have the potential to deliver game-changing capabilities for the ‘future force after next’.
The Defence Innovation Hub is investing around $640 million over the decade into maturing and developing technologies that have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages.
“Innovation in defence capability is fundamentally important to maintaining a warfighting advantage and capability edge,” Minister Pyne said.
The front door for doing business with Defence, the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, is available to provide practical advice and assistance needed to working with Defence.
The awards have been developed by the national not-for-profit foundation Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited.
To enquire about the awards and for more information, visit http://www.pacific2017.com.au/innovation-awards/index.asp or contact Gregor Ferguson at gferguson [at] amda.com.au or 0414 803 717.
For more information about the Centre for Defence Industry Capability visit business.gov.au/cdic