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Here at the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC), we get excited when our members are recognised for all the work they do in Australia’s defence sector. January is one of the most exciting months for us as it is when ADM releases their results of the Top 40 Defence Contractors and Top 20 Defence SMEs. Year upon year DTC members always top the list, and 2023 was no exception.

We are delighted to share that NIOA took out the second spot in both ADM’s Top 20 SMEs and the Top 20 ANZ SMEs, with the Queensland based company reporting a $69 million increase in prior year, which equates to almost a 50% growth. NIOA was not the only member to make the Top 20 SMEs list:

  • SME Gateway Pty Ltd
  • Navantia Australia
  • PMB Defence Pty Ltd
  • Daronmont Technologies

Were also recognised for their work in Australia’s defence sector. These members, excluding Navantia Australia, were also listed in the Top 20 ANZ SMEs along with:

  • Kinexus
  • Providence Consulting Group
  • Sydney City Marine Pty Limited
  • Customs Agency Services Pty Ltd

“It is great to see so many DTC members being recognised in ADM’s Top 40 and Top 20,” Tim Dore, Director of Members at the DTC.

“ADM has been publishing the results of their annual survey for a while now and it provides a great snapshot on what has been happening in our growing sector over the past year.

“I highly encourage all companies working in defence industry to read the survey results. It is the perfect avenue to see what projects companies are currently working on, and you might find a company on the list who has the capabilities your project.”

Congratulations to BAE Systems Australia, long term prime supporter of the DTC, who once again topped ADM’s Top 40 Defence Contractors list with the prime reporting a $1.500 billon turnover, an increase of 9% on the prior year. Celebrating their 70th anniversary supporting the Australian Defence Force the internationally owned company has been a staunch supporter of Australian SMEs with more than 1,600 Australian companies forming part of their supply chain.

Coming in second was Thales Australia Limited and rounding out the top 10 in ADM’s Top 40 list were the following DTC members; Boeing Defence Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Ventia, Lendlease Building Pty Ltd, Babcock Australasia, ASC Pty Ltd and Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

This year ADM also highlighted Female Workforce Participation and the DTC is proud to announce that Customs Agency Services (CAS) was recognised nationally, as the second highest Defence industry employer of females, based on % of females employed.

The South Australian headquartered Logistics company, reported that 64% of their workforce is comprised of females.

Directors of CAS, siblings Louise Rigoni and Mark Callus shared that ‘’Both CAS and our clients, have for many years benefited from the company’s cultural and gender diversity. The entire team at CAS have contributed to outstanding logistical outcomes for our valued customers, over a challenging period during COVID. The team were also very proud to be recognised by ADM, as a Top 20 ANZ SME, during a particularly disruptive, but successful 2022.’’

To see the full list of companies who made ADM’s Top 40 Defence Contractors and Top 20 SMEs visit the ADM website at

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