Who Should Be A Member?
The term 'defence industry' is used to encompass enterprises across all categories and sectors that do business with Defence, either directly or through other contractors. While some products and services certainly relate to weapons systems and platforms such as ships and planes, most consist of ordinary items vial to the life of any community.
The Australian Industry and Defence Network of Western Australia is the peak body for businesses and related agencies within Western Australia's $620 million defence sector. AIDN-WA is committed to representing the interests of WA's defence sector, and providing it with a collective voice.
The Network is an incorporated association entirely financed by members' annual fees, and exists to pursue the interests of its members and the industry as a whole.
It is a not-for-profit organisation and has no paid staff. An Executive Committee is elected at each Annual General Meeting and office bearers serve on a voluntary basis, often expending many unpaid hours for the benefit of members and the industry as a whole.
AIDN-WA is pleased to announce the launch our inaugural annual awards: the SME Collaboration of the Year Award and the Young Achievers Award. These awards aim to reward and encourage excellence in the West Australian Defence Industry, at both a company and personal level.
This award recognises outstanding collaborations between Western Australian Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and other players in the Defence space.
The current and emerging Defence market is focussed heavily on turn-key and low risk options that favour larger-scale solutions. Given that challenge, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) seeking to engage with Defence will often need to pursue collaborations, either with each other or with larger organisations to create comprehensive solution that will meet the needs of Defence.
This Award, given to an SME, is in recognition of a collaboration that has benefitted Defence as the end user, and highlights the importance of collaboration in the current Defence environment.
For more information of the Collaboration of the Year Award, please click HERE.
Driven and talented young people are the key to the future of the defence industry. In order to recognise individuals who may be future industry leaders, AIDN has created the AIDN Young Achiever Award.
The Award is open to all members of Defence Industry aged 30 years and under (entrants must be under 30 years of age on 1 January 2017). You do not have to be a member of AIDN to enter but you must be nominated by a member of AIDN.
Winning the AIDN-WA Young Achiever Award recognises the entrant’s efforts, and demonstrates their achievements and potential to their colleagues, clients and future employers. It will also entitle them to participate in the AIDN National Young Achiever Award.
For more information of the Young Achievers Award, please click HERE
Balmoral Networking Function
AIDN-WA sprang onto the Perth “business after-hours” stage on Tuesday, 28 February with its first networking event of 2017, held at the Balmoral Hotel in East Victoria Park. The recently refurbished courtyard of this character hotel buzzed with the conversations of people meeting, extending their influence, learning something new, or just basking in the simple pleasures of being in a convivial atmosphere.
More than 100 people attended, both members and non-members of like interests, but the main feature of evening was the opportunity to meet people from different circles in the Perth community. Following an introduction from AIDN-WA President Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe, each of the five partner organisations with interests in Defence, outlined their role and purpose. They were:
The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce;
The Melville-Cockburn Chamber of Commerce;
Innovate Australia; and
Regional Development Australia.
The presence of these groups demonstrated the exciting range of interests and capabilities at work in Perth, and broadened minds in respect to the many wheels of enterprise continually turning in what may be “behind the scenes” for some. As was observed on the evening, knowing who is doing what on “our patch” is an important criterion in achieving our own business goals.
For a full Media Release please follow this link: MEDIA RELEASE
Photographs of the event are at this link: PHOTOGRAPHS