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Auckland Industry briefing by Australian Defence Department’s CASG

Line of Defence update, November 2017

Australian naval shipbuilding opportunities for New Zealand industry.Australian naval shipbuilding opportunities for New Zealand industry.


In collaboration with the NZDF, NZTE, MOD and the Australian Government Department of Defence, the NZDIA has yesterday announced that New Zealand industry is invited to attend a briefing about opportunities for involvement in Australian Defence programs. The briefing is to be held in Auckland on 5 December.

While the focus will be on Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding projects, the information provided at the briefing will have broader applicability.

According to the NZDIA member update, the briefing will include:

  • A presentation on Australian Naval Shipbuilding programs, including the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs. Presented by Mr Brian Hickey, Australian Department of Defence;
  • How New Zealand industry can get involved in opportunities over the life of the shipbuilding programs;
  • Information on NZ Government shipbuilding priorities and support available for NZ industry looking to secure defence work;
  • An optional workshop for those businesses new to Australian Defence, on the subject of "Doing Business with Australian Defence".

The briefing is the first of an anticipated series of follow-up initiatives by the NZDIA following its participation in Pacific 2017 in Sydney in which the association shared a stand with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Ministry of Defence (MoD).

“There are many opportunities for NZDIA Members and NZ businesses to participate in the many upcoming Australian defence projects and assisting Members make in-roads, is an NZDIA priority,” stated Jennie Vickers, NZDIA Executive Director.

“The Australian Government is committed to maximising the opportunities for Australian and New Zealand industry to participate in Australia's national naval shipbuilding endeavour, that will see approximately $90 billion invested over the coming decades.”

The Australian Department of Defence hosted a number of Naval Shipbuilding industry briefings across Australia in 2016/17 and, according to Jennie, the Auckland event will be tailored “to include specific information about opportunities for New Zealand enterprises.”

A formal invitation to NZDIA members will follow next week. If you are not an NZDIA member and you are interested in membership, the association can be contacted at


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