What is AIDN WA?

The Australian Industry & Defence Network of Western Australia is the peak body for businesses and related agencies within Western Australia's $620 million defence sector. AIDN WA is committed to representing the interests of WA's defence sector, and providing it with a collective voice. 

The Network is an incorporated association entirely financed by members' annual fees, and exists to pursue the interests of its members and the industry as a whole.

It is a not-for-profit organisation and has no paid staff. An Executive Committee is elected at each Annual General Meeting and office bearers serve on a voluntary basis, often expending many unpaid hours for the benefit of members and the industry as a whole

Our Objectives

AIDN WA has three primary objectives:

  • To act as a forum for industry to network, find new business opportunities, and generally benefit from interacting with people who have complementary interests.
  • To keep our members informed of what is happening in the Sector, including on Defence strategies, projects, policies and initiatives.
  • To act as the voice of Western Australia's Defence Sector with media, and other state and federal governments.

Our History

AIDN WA  was established in the late eighties, with the encouragement of the WA Government and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to provide a forum and a voice for the growing defence sector in Western Australia.

Originally called the Defence Industry Council of WA, the association joined forces with similar bodies in other states in 1998 to form a national alliance called the Australian Industry and Defence Network, and assumed its present title AIDN WA. From the outset, the new national body achieved formal recognition by the Department of Defence, media and other interested parties, as a representative industry voice.

Achieving Our Objectives

AIDN WA pursues it's objectives by means such as:

  • Speaking events and panel discussions featuring high profile officials from industry and government
  • Networking events which enable members to make new contacts and share common interests
  • Presentations, lectures, briefings and workshops on subjects related to the Defence Sector
  • Tours of Defence bases, and industry facilities,
  • Informing members of business opportunities, Defence policy and relevant Defence Sector news
  • Making public submissions to influence Defence policies in favour of our members interests and concerns

Who Should Be A Member?

The term 'defence industry' is used to encompass enterprises across all categories and sectors that do business with Defence, either directly or through other contractors. While some products and services certainly relate to weapons systems and platforms such as ships and planes, most consist of ordinary items vial to the life of any community.

Put simply, if you are, or wish to, supply goods or services whose end user is Defence, you should consider becoming a member. We encourage you to take a look at our Members Directory to see the diversity of our member companies and agencies.

While most State chapters represent small to medium enterprises (SMEs), the WA chapter continued to embrace both Primes and SMEs, thereby enhancing networking and co-operation in the whole sector.

Over the years, AIDN WA has arranged member visits to Defence bases, private industry sites and the Australian Marine Complex; arranged networking events and provided access to high-profile speakers; participated in the national Young Achiever competition; and in many other ways has acted in the interests of enterprises which service Defence

The availability of Defence contracts has waxed and waned with change of governments, policies and natural replacement cycles, but AIDN WA has continued through them all and is now undergoing a re-invigoration under new leadership.

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