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The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) is pleased to announce that we have been named Industry Association Of The Year in the Australian Defence Industry Awards 2021 due to our commitment to our members to continue to support and strengthen Australia's defence capabilities and our ability to help our members capitalise on market opportunities.

With a strong focus on building a defence ecosystem that can meet the needs of all our members, we have evolved into a unique association which is able to cater to the needs of any business wanting to enter the defence industry, including primes, SMES, academia and professional service providers.

Despite the lock downs and restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 we were able to continue hosting our seminars and events by changing our business model around and embracing online delivery tools to broaden our engagement with members and industry across Australia.

A standout event for DTC members last year was the SME Summit being able to go ahead with an impressive line-up of speakers, including Martin Halloran, Assistant Secretary Australian Industry Capability Major General Simon Stuart, AO, DSC, Head Land Capability and Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence. The annual event, which was delivered online in 2020, highlighted the program updates from defence primes and the opportunities they intend to bid on soon and the industrial capabilities they need from Australian industry for these bids.

Audra McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer at the DTC said this award positions the DTC as one of Australia’s best defence industry associations, at a time when industry is undergoing a lot of change it is great to see that our efforts to provide relevant services to our members is highly valued.

“We are proud to be recognised as a leading defence industry association and we will continue to deliver our members value for money services,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Competition in the industry has grown and we have been working tirelessly with the primes and government to provide members with the information and tools they require to build their business and have that competitive edge

“Most importantly, the services are complimentary to those offered by the CDIC (Centre for Defence Industry Capability). The DTC holds a very close working relationship with CDIC, especially at the local level in Adelaide, where the Manager for Defence Industry Facilitators is based. Through this arrangement, the DTC can work collaboratively with Defence and Department of Industry to devise services that meet the needs of the sector, and which don’t compete, conflict and duplicate.”

Throughout 2020 the DTC invested in a number of projects to help improve members capability and understanding of the defence sector. We developed a Quad Chart Guide, in consultation with defence primes to assist our members in creating a quality chart. We created educational videos and podcast on a range of topics, including Preparing for Trade Shows, Quad Chart Preparation and Defence Industry 101.

The DTC also conducts annual member satisfaction surveys to ensure our services are meeting the needs of our members. We also frequently engage with our members through our networking events, social media channels and by visiting our members, either for a coffee or to see their new project/office space.

"For 2020 over 90% of members found current support and guidance services valuable, with many commenting they should do more to draw on the DTC services," MS McCarthy said.

" The DTC meets the needs of organisations who are already operating in defence markets and need support to help them grow. We also attract and support new entrants to the defence sector so that Australia has the industrial capability required to deliver on the Government’s record $575bn investment into defence over the next 10 years.

"Our networking events are highly valued by our members. Each year we typically deliver at least 12 networking events per year with numbers ranging from 70 up to 665 per event.

"Despite the COVID restrictions introduced in 2020, the DTC continued to deliver networking opportunities, with our SME Summit attended by 400 attendees who were able to engage and connect virtually."

For more information on the DTC and to apply for DTC membership click here.

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