May 2022 newsletter

  • Welcome

    DefenceNT recently led the largest NT maritime industry delegation to Indo Pacific 2022, which was a success for all stakeholders involved. DefenceNT, with the support of the NT Defence and National Security Advocate Dr Alan Dupont AO and Maritime Advisor RADM (ret’d) Dr Allan Du Toit AM from the NT National Security Advisory Group, were able to forge ahead with high level engagement highlighting the strategic importance of the NT.

    Territory born businesses, like Universal Site Monitoring and Life h2o were able to present their latest innovations to key Defence decision makers in an effort to ensure a modernised and safer military environment. BRIG Ian Langford, Director-General Future Land Warfare, expressed keen interest in the Territory’s maritime capability and capacity to meet the maintenance and sustainment requirements for the next generation of Army watercraft fleet in Northern Australia.

    The presence of Office of Defence Industry Support, Chamber of Commerce NT, Australian Industry and Defence Network, Land Development Corporation and Darwin Innovation Hub ensured greater support for Territory businesses at Indo Pacific 2022. The next Indo Pacific maritime exposition will be held on 7-9 November 2023, before returning to its usual biennial program.

    This week we will be bringing the DefenceNT Roadshow series to Alice Springs, enabling businesses to hear directly from Amentum, BAE Systems and BGIS on upcoming project opportunities and how to become better engaged in future programs. Businesses working in Defence or interested in Defence opportunities are encouraged to attend this informative defence industry briefing, followed by a cyber-security briefing and networking session. More information below.

  • Photo caption: Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN with Dassault Systems CEO Jerome Wahl, DefenceNT Senior Director James Bear, John Grout Managing Director Secora APII and Robert Palmer of AMC Search.
    Photo caption: Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN with Dassault Systems CEO Jerome Wahl, DefenceNT Senior Director James Bear, John Grout Managing Director Secora APII and Robert Palmer of AMC Search.

    The Northern Territory’s Virtual Twin project has been developed through a strategic partnership between the NT Government, Secora, Dassault Systemes and AMC Search and was successfully launched at Indo Pacific 2022.

    The Virtual Twin is a digital planning tool to support decision making for strategic infrastructure development, aimed at enabling the Australian Defence Force (ADF), our Allies and industry to rapidly assess options and de-risk project development in the Territory.

    Harnessing the power of data, the Virtual Twin can be used to explore scenarios through simulation to optimise planning, logistics, training and asset management programs.  Developed to a proof of concept level in late 2021, the Virtual Twin has since been demonstrated to senior leadership from the ADF, United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) and a range of industry stakeholders.

    Initially focused on Darwin Harbour, the Virtual Twin has now been expanded to multiple locations of strategic significance including the Gove Peninsula.

  • Plan Galileo Pulse Check

    Speaking at the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition in Sydney last week, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm launched Horizon Three of Plan Galileo, the Future Maritime Sustainment Model that will ensure the ongoing sustainment of our growing surface fleet.

    In doing so, RADM Malcolm called on industry and interested stakeholders to take part in an online “Pulse Check” of Plan Galileo and provide their feedback on the implementation of Plan Galileo so far, and how this next horizon should be delivered.

    Feedback from the Pulse Check will allow Maritime Systems Division to ensure industry’s opinions and views are heard and incorporated into the Future Maritime Sustainment Model.

    We encourage you to take part in this brief survey and play your part in Plan Galileo Horizon Three: Sustainment 2025. Click here to take the Pulse Check survey.

  • Tenders

    ICN Gateway is an essential tool for businesses interested in participating in defence projects. Current opportunities in the NT include:

    Other opportunities

    RFT DHA-PROC-61225 - Residential Maintenance Services Panel

    Defence Housing Australia (DHA) invites suitably qualified businesses to join the Residential Maintenance Services Panel for various maintenance jobs in Darwin, Larrakeyah and Tindal, NT.

    Trades required: Electrical Appliance Repair, Property Cleaning, Electrical, Grounds Maintenance, Pest Control, Painting, Pool Maintenance, Plumbing (Sanitary and Drainage), Aircon and Window Furnishings.

    View this tender online

    Close Date & Time: 22-Jun-2022 3:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

    Notice – EST00351 (P0009) RAAF Base Darwin– ECIHC Procurement

    AusTender have released a notice for a potential upcoming procurement. Potential tenderers are advised that the procurement strategy for the EST00351 (P0009) National Airfield Works Project – RAAF Base Darwin involves the early engagement of up to two Head Contractors for RAAF Base Darwin.

    Potential capability required from local industry could include asphalt resurfacing and concrete re-construction of airfield pavement, Aeronautical Ground Lighting and pavement drainage (including runway crossings). Further advice will be provided upon the release of each Request for Tender; this is expected to occur in Q3 of 2022.

    For more information on this notice click here.

    Defence Estate Works Program Forward Program of Tender Releases February to December 2022

    The forward program can be viewed online.

    Defence Capital Facilities And Infrastructure Branch – Planned Upcoming Approaches To Market Notice (January 2022 Update)

    This can be viewed online.

    NORSTA MARITIME: Regional Maintenance Provider - North 

    Ventia - Regional Maintenance Provider - North 

    Ventia - Defence Base Services NT

  • Upcoming events

    Defence Industry Roadshow – Alice Springs – 25 May 2022

    Local Australian Defence Force (ADF) and prime contractor representatives from Amentum, BAE Systems and BGIS will provide updates on project opportunities and how to become better engaged in future programs.  Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) will provide insight into their defence business advisory service and how this will build the capability of defence industry. You will be introduced to the services provided by Defence Reserve Support before concluding with The Darwin Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) cyber security briefing. This informative session will close with a networking event.

    Location: Grand Ballroom, Double Tree Hilton Alice Springs 
    Registrations: Eventbrite

    Darwin Ports & Maritime Networking Sundwoner - Darwin - 1 June 2022

    PIANC is better known as the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure and continues to be a leading partner for government and the private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas. PIANC ANZ Northern Chapter will be hosting a networking sundowner event in Darwin maritime colleagues in the Top End and providing an opportunity to learn more about PIANC.

    Time: 5pm to 7pm 
    Location: Darwin Ski Club, 20 Conacher Street Fannie Bay 

    Ventia Industry Engagement - Darwin - 29 June 2022

    Ventia is one of the largest essential service providers in Australia and New Zealand. Every day they work alongside our colleagues to inspire confidence by providing the services that keep infrastructure working for our communities.

    The event will be attended by Ventia Regional and Contract leadership. It is a great opportunity to Meet and Greet with the aim to diversify Ventia’s network and create new connections with other local business professionals.

    Time: 4pm to 6pm 
    Location: Wharf One, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin 
    RegistrationsOnline form

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