The Defence Innovation Hub is hosting its third annual industry conference on November 4 at the Hotel Realm in Canberra.

The Defence Innovation Hub works closely with businesses across the country to help turn their good ideas into advanced capabilities.

“During the last financial year, we awarded $67 million in innovation contracts, our highest level of investment to date,” the Defence Innovation Hub Assistant Secretary Andrew Hodgkinson said.

“Our open and competitive approach to investment has particularly assisted innovative small businesses with more than 86 per cent of the Hub’s contracts awarded to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

“The Defence Innovation Hub’s annual conference provides an opportunity for representatives from industry and research organisations to hear directly from senior Defence leaders about the Defence innovation system and the opportunities available to them.”

The Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation, Andrew Hodgkinson, presents at the 2018 Defence Innovation Hub annual industry update. Photo: Grace Costa Banson

The Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, will open this year’s conference. It will also include addresses from Defence leaders and those within Australia’s defence industry and innovation sectors.

The  Hub is an initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement and will invest around $640 million over the decade to 2025-26 in maturing and further developing technologies that have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages of the innovation process.

The Defence Innovation Hub facilitates innovation activities from initial concept, through prototyping and integrated testing.

The Defence Innovation Hub seeks proposals aligned with the following six capability streams:

  • Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare, Space and Cyber
  • Key Enablers
  • Land Combat, Amphibious Warfare and Special Operations
  • Air and Sea Lift
  • Maritime and Anti-Submarine Warfare
  • Strike and Air Combat.

Register your attendance for the conference here.