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Ombudsman to support small business in defence industry

Ombudsman to support small business in defence industry

Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds has appointed Kate Carnell as co-chair of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) advisory board.

  • Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
  • April 10, 2019
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Ms Carnell's role on the advisory board of the CDIC is expected to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs), working with defence, participate in strategic partnerships that will allow them to innovate and grow their businesses. 

"There are many millions of dollars’ worth of defence procurement contracts in Australia that SMEs should be able to capitalise on," the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman said. 

She explained that the needs and ambitions of SMEs must be considered in the development of policy and projects and in procurement.

"SMEs tell us every day they don’t want handouts, they want work; so it is important that tendering processes do not have requirements that make it difficult for SMEs to compete," Ms Carnell said. 

"We also need all defence contracts, from prime contractor to subcontractors, to contain the same payment terms and conditions."

Also appointed to the CDIC board is James Fitzgerald, the executive chairman of Civmec, while serving members Karen Stanton, director of corporate strategy at Heat Treatment Group, and Amanda Holt, CEO and chief engineer, defence and aerospace at SYPAQ Systems, were reappointed.

The CDIC is a Defence industry policy initiative that assists Australian businesses entering or working in the defence industry and supports sector-wide projects to improve the capacity and capability of Australia’s defence industry.

The advisory board brings together industry leaders and senior public sector representatives to guide the CDIC’s work.

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