Pathways into Defence Cyber

You are invited to a Defence cyber webinar

Title: Pathways into Defence Cyber: How to prepare and pitch

Timings: Monday 07 September 2020, 0900-1100 (AEST)

Event Description

Australia’s defence cyber industry is growing quickly, and there are opportunities for Australian industry to help build Defence cyber capabilities.

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan recently announced a significant investment to grow both Australian Defence Force cyber capabilities and Australian cyber industry.

Join us for a two hour webinar to learn more about how to engage with Defence. Hear from Head of Information Warfare, Major General Marcus Thompson, and CEO Austcyber, Michelle Price, about how industry can provide solutions to the ADF to meet emerging threats and leverage opportunities.

Learn about Pathways into Defence from Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation
Mr Andrew Hodgkinson, including opportunities for Australian cyber companies. Listen in to the panel of leading cyber industry speakers including ADIESA Chair Ms Kylah Limmer to discuss experiences, lessons and opportunities on navigating and succeeding in Defence.

This event is targeted at Australian cyber-related companies interested in learning about Defence cyber industry opportunities, including how to engage with Defence. This is not a Defence project update. There will be opportunities to submit questions to our speakers in real time.

The schedule is attached, and may be subject to some minor changes due to the availability of our panel members.

Please click the link HERE for the schedule and event registration details (members only).

An Evening with Eddie Jones and Friends.

Proceeds to the ACT Rural Fire Service

Chairman of ADF Rugby Union, RADM Michael Rothwell would like to share the following invitation with ADIESA members and encourage all to attend this worthwhile event. It’s a Bushfire Fundraiser for charity, and sure to be a great evening with food, drinks and entertainment by the Australian Army Band. Please see the flyer below for further details, tickets are on sale now !

Defence Watch – Meet the Chiefs Industry Briefing – 2 March 2020

Since the Defence Efficiency Review and the introduction of the Defence Reform Program in 1997, the Australian Department of Defence has undergone major restructure.  Indeed the Department is continuing to refine the organisation. C3I has been conducting Defence Watch briefings since 1997 to assist the Defence Industry to better understand these changes and how they affect the way they conduct their business with Defence.

Here are the presentations from this weeks industry briefing, attended by members of the ADIESA Board.

Dr Dale Lambert

MAJGEN Marcus Thompson

The third speaker, Scott MacLeod First Assistant Director-General Protect, Assure and Enable, ACSC forewarned the audience of the announcement to be made later that afternoon.

Defence & Industry Study Course

Applications are now open for the 2020 Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC).  DISC is a Department of Defence program managed by Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

The current Defence & Industry Study Course (DISC) evolved from the Industrial Mobilisation Course which commenced in 1954 as an outcome from post-war reviews identifying the deep divides and lack of knowledge between the public and private sectors involved in national security. The primary aim has been, and remains, to promote a better understanding and engagement of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia’s Defence industry capability and thus national security.

Applications for the Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC) close February 28, 2020. Further course and enrolment information are available here.

AGM 2019

Notice of the ADIESA Annual General Meeting was sent to all current members this week. A detailed agenda will be sent to all members closer to the date.

Nominations are now called from interested Association members who wish to nominate for election to the ADIESA board.

Three elected Board Members will step down at this AGM and an election will held to fill the vacant Board positions. A representative of any financial member of the Association is eligible to nominate and can self-nominate (but requires endorsement by a representative of the member organisation).

Only financial members of the Association are eligible to vote in these elections, which will be conducted at the AGM.

Members who wish to nominate a person to be a Director or to self-nominate must complete and return a nomination form to the Secretary at (also cc by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 19th November 2019.

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email addresses above.

The Cyber Defence Summit

What a wonderful day was had by all who attended the inaugural Cyber Defence Summit last week. Thank you to all our members and guests for actively contributing throughout the day. The willingness to collaborate was evident. Looking forward to keeping the conversations going through dedicated bimonthly focus groups before another all day event in 2020 !

What attendees had to say…

“It was certainly a great day, with great conversation from government and industry to solve some complex problems..Keep up the brilliant work !”

It was a real pleasure to be part of a genuinely collaborative conversation, around what is a critically important endeavour. Well done all !”

The conversations continued over dinner at Pialligo Estate

The Cyber Defence Summit – An ADF/Industry/Academia event – 31 October, 2019

Invitations to the Defence Cyber Summit went out to all current members last week. Registrations for the Summit and the dinner event following close October 15, 2019

From IWD:

‘Cyberspace is challenging our concepts of how we will fight future conflict.

We are only just coming to terms what it means for the Australian Defence Force. From the conduct of offensive cyber operations in a new warfighting domain, to the impact cyberspace has on the traditional physical warfighting domains, much less the impact of cyber security to our mission systems, platforms and operating technologies. The challenges we face are significant – from supply chain risk management, to growing a cyber-smart workforce.

This Cyber Defence Summit with Industry and Academia aims to bring together a collective brains-trust to workshop the future, and examine the problems we face. This is not a Defence project update. This is a chance to be part of what is intended will become an annual event to tackle how Defence deals with Cyber, and anticipate emerging threats and opportunities.’

For further information or assistance, please contact Victoria Dixon-ADIESA Board Secretariat.

Opportunity to meet with visiting delegation from Virginia, US (October 2019)

ADIESA was recently contacted by Foley & Associates who are currently working with companies visiting Australia as part of an official Virginia Economic Development Partnership Trade Mission to Australia, 7-11 October. The companies will also be attending Pacific 2019.

This delegation is a multi-sector delegation (Profile Document here), however there are a few defence companies that members might be interested in meeting with:

  • AT&T (Global Business Communications – Defence & Public Sector Divisions)
  • PAE ISR (OEM Manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems for defence, military and civil applications)

More information available here…

Upcoming Events


 ADIESA and IWD Industry Engagement Day with dinner to follow.

October 31st 2019 at Fairbairn.

Further details regarding booking for this event will be announced shortly to all members.

MilCIS 12-14 NOV

The Chair of ADIESA Ms Kylah Limmer, has been invited to present a plenary session in the main hall on day three (14th November) at 9.45am. The Board is working through planning and will seek content input from Members over the coming weeks.



Late November 2019. Details to come