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.
The Australian Industry and 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.
Balmoral Networking Function
AIDN-WA sprang onto the Perth “business after-hours” stage on Tuesday, 28 February with its first networking event of 2017, held at the Balmoral Hotel in East Victoria Park. The recently refurbished courtyard of this character hotel buzzed with the conversations of people meeting, extending their influence, learning something new, or just basking in the simple pleasures of being in a convivial atmosphere.
More than 100 people attended, both members and non-members of like interests, but the main feature of evening was the opportunity to meet people from different circles in the Perth community. Following an introduction from AIDN-WA President Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe, each of the five partner organisations with interests in Defence, outlined their role and purpose. They were:
The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce;
The Melville-Cockburn Chamber of Commerce;
Innovate Australia; and
Regional Development Australia.
The presence of these groups demonstrated the exciting range of interests and capabilities at work in Perth, and broadened minds in respect to the many wheels of enterprise continually turning in what may be “behind the scenes” for some. As was observed on the evening, knowing who is doing what on “our patch” is an important criterion in achieving our own business goals.
For a full Media Release please follow this link: MEDIA RELEASE
Photographs of the event are at this link: PHOTOGRAPHS