An expert board of Defence industry representatives, unions and Government agencies has been established to provide high level advice on Defence industry programs to the Federal Government.
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said one of the first tasks of the Defence Industry Innovation Board would be to work on the Guidelines for the new Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program.
This $44.9 million program will provide funding, particularly to small to medium sized enterprises, to develop innovative products that contribute to our Priority Industry Capability goals.
The Board will be chaired by Mr David Mortimer AO and will hold its first meeting at the Avalon Air Show.
The Board will be made up of representatives from primes, small and medium enterprises, industry associations, Defence and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. They include:
Mr Michael Ward
Mr Rob Forbes
Chief Executive Officer
CEA Technologies Pty Limited
Mr Graham Priestnall
Australian Industry and Defence Network
Mr Ben White
Manager, Defence Industry Unit
Australian Business Limited
Air Marshal John Harvey AM
Chief Capability Development Group
Department of Defence
Mr Harry Dunstall
General Manager Commercial Group
Defence Materiel Organisation
Professor Robert Clark
Chief Defence Scientist
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Ms Judith Zielke
Head of Division - Enterprise Connect
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research
Mr David Oliver
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Representative of the Australian Industry Group
Representative of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Media contact: Korena Flanagan – 02 6277 7620