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ADOD Industry Day a resounding success

Line of Defence Magazine, Summer 2017/18

The briefing is the first of an anticipated series of follow-up initiatives by the NZDIAThe briefing is the first of an anticipated series of follow-up initiatives by the NZDIA


By all accounts the first-of-its-kind Australian Department of Defence (ADOD) Naval Shipbuilding Industry Briefing in Auckland on 5th December was a great success, and it could be the first of many.


Australia’s total defence funding over the next decade is forecast to be a massive AUD 448 billion, and a centerpiece of the Australian Government’s defence investment is the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which envisages an investment of more than AUD 89 billion in new ships and submarines.

With the ambitious size of the program and New Zealand businesses' status as part of the ‘Australian local defence industry’ the event signaled the return of the exciting days of the ANZAC ship project. That project – back in the 1990s – injected over $800 million into the New Zealand economy.

For the purposes of determining Australian Industry Content for defence capability project opportunities, work undertaken by New Zealand-registered companies is calculated as meeting the definition of local industry content, meaning these opportunities are open to New Zealand businesses.

With this special status comes corresponding NZ business access to assistance, grants and opportunities.

According to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the Australian defence sector, acknowledging that the scale of sheer scale of the investment program, is looking to work with partners to grow its capabilities and outsource where it makes sense to do so.

ADOD, NZDIA, NZTE, NZDF, MOD, BAE, Fincantieri and Navantia, presented at the Auckland briefing about the opportunities for NZ businesses to participate in the new emerging supply chains, and how to engage for the major shipbuilding projects in Australia.

NZDIA and NZTE talked about their respective roles and working together, to support NZ businesses make the most of this rollout.


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Mr Brian Hickey of the Australian Department of Defence presentated on Australian Naval Shipbuilding programs, including the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs.

Other presentations covered how New Zealand industry can get involved in opportunities over the life of the shipbuilding programs, NZ Government shipbuilding priorities, and support available for NZ industry looking to secure defence work.

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 NZDF and Ministry of Defence.

“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.”


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