The Regional Development Australia Hume Committee (RDA Hume) has launched a new Defence Prospectus that highlights the importance of the sector to the Hume Region and the many opportunities for businesses to work with Defence.
In launching the document, RDA Hume Chair, Amanda McClaren, said the prospectus featured testimonials from businesses who worked with Defence, giving useful tips on how to be awarded contracts.
“The Hume Region boasts the largest Australian Defence Force presence in Victoria and has a resources sector to match it, with skilled trades and support chains bolstering the armed forces,” Mrs McClaren said.
“The total value of the Defence sector in the Hume Region is $185 million per annum and generates more than 5600 jobs.
“The prospectus was suggested during one of our regular Defence roundtables where we bring together people who work, or wish to work, with the industry.
“It was seen as a way that other businesses can learn more about how to identify opportunities within the Defence sector and do great business in providing the wide range of services that Defence requires.
“It is great to see this project come to fruition and we believe it will provide assistance to those wishing to work with Defence and pursue the opportunities provided in the Hume Region.”
One of the businesses to be showcased in the prospectus is Bertazzo Engineered, which has been providing targetry systems to the Department of Defence for more than three years.
Owner Ray Bertazzo said the Albury-based Australian Target Systems had approached Bertazzo to find out its capacity and capability in designing targetry systems for small arms training.
“We worked with ATS in order to design and engineer the whole range of pop-up targetry which can be used for small arms training in Albury-Wodonga,” he said.
Another featured business, NIOA Benalla, provides weapon systems and integrated solider systems to the Department of Defence.
Director of Operations Garry Warrender said this included weapons, munitions and associated equipment.
He said that NIOA had strategically developed its business approach with the view of working with the Department of Defence and said it could take time to secure contracts and tenders with the Department.
“You need to know the key trigger points that make your product or your service stand out and keep pushing them into Defence at the right level,” he said.
He also said networking and being clear on how a product could benefit the Department of Defence were also vital.
Businesses highlighted in the prospectus are:
- Australian Target Systems (ATS)
- Australian Aerospace Engineering (AAE)
- Bertazzo Engineered
- Meggitt Training Systems
- Parker Hannifen
- Red Baron
- Wodonga Institute of TAFE
- WCL Management Services
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