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AIDN - New South Wales Inc

The Australian Industry and Defence Network of New South Wales (AIDN NSW) is the peak body for businesses and related agencies within NSW $7.9 billion (2014-15) defence sector. AIDN NSW is committed to representing the interests of NSW 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. AIDN – National

AIDN NSW is one of seven chapters that combine to form AIDN National, with each state having an equal voice on the National Committee. AIDN National functions through a National Secretariat and facilitates effective and efficient communications between State bodies and Federal Government Departments, in particular, the Department of Defence and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. AIDN National also represents member bodies on Department of Defence fora and at relevant seminars. Importantly, AIDN represents the SME perspective in the development of Defence Industry Policy and can mediate or assist in resolving Industry/Government misunderstandings. Member Benefits

As an AIDN NSW member, you will receive advantages such as:

  • The publication of your company profile on the AIDN NSW website, providing exposure to your business
  • Policy updates, articles, and other useful information
  • Access to all member events - often free or at a substantially reduced price to non-members
  • A weekly e-mail containing current Defence tender information and opportunities
  • A 6-month FREE listing in the Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) Directory of Defence Suppliers
  • A 3-month FREE trial ADM Premium Subscription, with gives you access to the magazine, the premium newsletter, and online access to the offerings of this respected medium of Defence information, discussion and debate
  • Above all, the comfort and satisfaction of being allied with an association that represents your companies’ interests

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"New South Wales the "State of Innovation"

Above the Water

Bluebottle USV

Ocius Pty Ltd

"Winner Maritime Australian Defence Innovation Award 2017"

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Below the Water

Deep Ray Flying Wing

Ron Allum Deepsea Services Pty Ltd

2017- Awarded $3.17 Mil Innovation Hub Investment

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On Land

DroneGun MKII

DroneShield Pty Ltd

"Winner Land Forces 2018 SME Innovation Grant & Young Innovation Award 2018"

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  • Proven representation across State and Federal Governments
  • True National voice through a federated structure
  • Regular interaction with State and Federal Government Ministers
  • SME representation on AiG SME forum
  • SME representation on Defence Export Council


member development

  • Increase industry knowledge through weekly newsletters
  • Skills Workshop’s
  • Cyber security briefings
  • Quad Chart Development
  • Trade Show development
  • CDIC assistance


  • Ten programmed networking events annually
  • Defence program briefings
  • Access to key NSW Defence Primes
  • Promotion of B2B SME opportunities
  • Access to State and Federal Government agencies
  • Defence program briefings
  • Global Supply chain opportunities

2018 AIDN NSW Winners


Hunter Defence Readiness Seminar Series


Hunter Defence & AIDN NSW are running a Defence Readiness Seminar Series designed to educate prepare, grow and mature NSW businesses who are either active in, or considering, Defence as a business opportunity. 


The Seminar Series is designed to assist SMEs to: 

  • develop sustainable organisational capabilities and competencies to meet Australian and Internation Defence Prime Contractor requirements; 
  • overcome identified weaknesses or shortfalls in their capabilities or competencies; or
  • when they must meet specific Defence tender requirements that require a credible response. 


For further information on the Defence Readiness Seminar Series and to submit an Expression of Interest please go here

A podcast has been created to introduce the Series and can be found at Introduction podcast

The Hunter Defence Task Force has also created a podcast in relation to the Series which can be found at Hunter Defence Task Force Podcast





AIDN NSW Young Achiever Award — 2019 Winners

2019 AIDN NSW Winners

2019 AIDN NSW Team Awards

NSW Young Achiever Award

  • Winner: Ai van Tien – Collins Aerospace
  • Runner-Up: Daniel Hewson – Navantia Australia
  • Third Place: Lawrence Marychurch – DroneShield


YAA SME Category

  • Winner: Lawrence Marychurch – DroneShield


AIDN NSW 25th Anniversary Team Award

  • Winner: DroneShield
  • Runner Up: Precision Metal Group

Defence Policies [Defence References]

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2016 Defence White Paper

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2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement

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2016 Integrated Investment Program

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2017 NSW - Defence Industry Policy

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