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The Defence Teaming Centre

The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) is a prominent industry association focused on growing and scaling Australia's defence sector. Through connections, development, and advocacy, we foster sovereign defence capabilities, enhance industry competitiveness in global markets, and facilitate networking and collaboration among the Defence Primes, SMEs, academia, and service providers across all Defence domains.

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, we bring together Defence Primes, SMEs, academia and professional service providers to collaborate for defence market opportunities. Members receive facilitated introductions to key defence decision makers across the sector and advice on how to approach the defence market.

Our goal is to maintain a strong, sustainable and vibrant defence industry in Australia. We work closely with key defence stakeholders and governments to deliver services that align with this goal. Our members are continually evolving to meet the needs of Defence through our cost-effective training and development activities including our Defence Industry Leadership Program (DILP).

Our members cover the full range of products and services required to meet the needs of Defence across the multitude of sectors. The capability provided spans high end systems engineering and integration; advanced industrial manufacturing and precision components; design engineering and development; electronics engineering; development of new technology and products; fabrication and traditional manufacturing through to through-life support, facility construction, military base services and support for ADF personnel. Defence industry and member capabilities also include a range of supporting professional services such as specialist IP lawyers, immigration specialists, IT & cyber security service providers and other business support services.

The Defence Teaming Centre connects, develops and advocates for defence industry.

Workforce and Skills

The rapid growth in the defence sector over the coming decade will require Australia’s defence industry to accelerate the expansion and potential of its workforce. The DTC supports Australian industry by ensuring workforce issues across the full spectrum of the defence industry are represented accurately to enable a coordinated and systematic response.

Exporting and the Global Supply Chain Program

The DTC provides assistance and support for industry to access new markets through marketing and export development opportunities. Activities include research of overseas markets and opportunities, development of marketing material for distribution overseas, participation in international tradeshows and business missions and access to cultural and export training services. The DTC also provides support to incoming buyers and non-Australian suppliers seeking partnerships and joint ventures with Australian businesses. Through our strong relationships with the Defence Primes, the DTC can facilitate access to global supply chains.

Marketing and Communications

The DTC provides a platform from which industry can market and promote their capabilities. The DTC's Defence Business magazine and website provide a marketing and branding mechanism within the defence and related markets and have global reach. The DTC provides significant support to industry participating in tradeshows and business missions nationally and internationally. This support covers marketing, administration and business development activities.

Connections, knowledge and expertise

Industry benefits from access to education, networking, products and services necessary to develop business opportunities and grow effectively within the defence and broader national security markets, both domestically and abroad.

Industry Development

The DTC provides support to Primes and tier 1 and 2 suppliers to identify and connect with the supply chain and industry partners in Australia. In doing so, the DTC has developed a thorough understanding of the readiness and competitiveness levels of Australian industry. This knowledge allows the DTC to facilitate focussed support through workshops and activities designed to ensure that Australian industry is in the best position to win and compete for contracts in upcoming programs globally.

Defence policy and advocacy

On behalf of industry, the DTC seeks to influence federal and state governments, shape industry policy and engage with industry stakeholders to promote the expansion of Australian sovereign defence capability.


The DTC has extensive experience in teaming and alliancing activities and the culture necessary to ensure their success. Australia’s defence industry consists of over 3000 SMEs, but analysis suggests that the majority are small businesses. Engagement with Prime Defence Contractors has identified industry alliances as an attractive proposition. Alliances enable small businesses to team together to operate as medium sized businesses, reducing risk and the burden to a Prime of dealing with multiple subcontractors.

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Jo Seckerson

Business Manager

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Helen Blevins

Executive Assistance to CEO

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Rowena Le Quesne

Head of Industry Development

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Jemima Coad

Head of Marketing & Communications

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Melanie Read

Head of Member & Partner Services

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Elizabet Gadzhanova

Head of Events and Promotions

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