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Region’s industry sector poised for integral role in delivering Defence capability

10-Oct-2016 Queensland’s industry sector is poised to become an integral part in the delivery and support of the nation’s military programs and infrastructure, according to a defence sector consultant.

Peter Mack is founder and managing director of Mack & Associates, a boutique consultancy specialising in assisting and developing industry’s participation in defence products, projects and services.

Mr Mack will be the guest speaker at Resource Industry Network’s next Industry Briefing on October 7.

Mr Mack said at no other time in Australia’s history would industry have played such a pivotal role in the development and support of military and defence programs.

“The Australian Government’s 2016 Defence Integrated Investment Program is a package of $195 billion in capability projects that will see the upgrade of and support to the nation’s defence capability out to 2025-26.

“Industry will play a major role in delivering this program through initiatives outlined in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement. The government is committed to maximising opportunities for competitive Australian businesses; building export potential, depth of skills and diversification for defence industry, and cutting red tape to make it simpler and less costly for Australian industry to support defence.

“The Government has committed $1.6 billion to 2025-26 to build innovation capabilities in industry, research institutions and universities and also establish the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and the Defence Innovation Hub,” Mr Mack said.

“The success of these plans will require the support and engagement of industry, local governments and academia across all states and territories. Industry at all levels in Queensland will be integral in the delivery and acquisition and support of new systems, and also the upgrade and support of military infrastructure in Queensland and beyond.”

Resource Industry Network Manager Adrienne Rourke said our region’s engineering and heavy industrial sector had the skillset and innovative knowledge to diversify into the defence sector.

“Our local businesses already have the capability to match specialist skills and develop innovative solutions for defence sector requirements given the right connections.

“Mr Mack’s presentation will offer local businesses the chance to find out more about what opportunities are available to them through the Government’s defence offerings,” Mrs Rourke said.

The October Industry Briefing, proudly sponsored by Regional Development Australia Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, will be held at Ocean International Hotel, from 12pm to 2pm. Cost is $65 for RIN members and $95 for non-members. To register go to www.resourceindustrynetwork.org.au

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