In a SADIG media release, Chairman of Sydney Aerospace and Defence Interest Group (SADIG), Mr Chris Williams, has welcomed the NSW State Government decision to support the Defence Innovation Network (DIN). “This new collaborative approach between industry and seven universities is applauded and needed in order to meet the ambitious goals in Australian defence for acquisition and sustainment in long term defence projects” Williams said.
‘SADIG is very pleased to have played a key role in the establishment of this new defence network. Working with Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), and the Defence Science Institute (DSI), the NSW Chief Scientist’s Office, and NSW Department of Industry, we have helped bring together industry groups and researchers from the Greater Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra Regions’.
Williams said that the industry stands ready to support the work of DIN, assisting the network as a broker in identifying problems facing industry both nationally and internationally, and helping develop the industry partnerships with universities to solve them.
The seven universities in DIN are University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, The University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University, and UNSW Sydney.
Williams has recognised the resources and on-going work of Regional Development Australia Sydney (RDA Sydney) to support SADIG in its focused areas of aerospace and defence industry support for innovation, skills and supply chain.
Williams emphasised the significant future role of DIN to access skills and capabilities across the university network, and engage with industry specialists to prototype and commercialise on outputs from dedicated research projects.
“It’s our objective to identify new additional strategic opportunities which can only be tackled on a collaborative basis, to provide feedback to industry members and other stakeholders, including the State and Commonwealth Governments, on the make-up and health of the Aerospace and Defence Industry sectors; to identify key factors and trends affecting it and to help facilitate industry access to available Government support and services,” he said.