Defence Support Industry Awards
The Defence Support Industry Awards recognise local businesses that work hard to support the Army, Navy, Air Force and Australian Border Force in the Northern Territory (NT).
The major award is the Minister's Award for Excellence in the Defence Industry, with the winner receiving $5000.
The selection panel may also award a Special Recognition Award where a nomination is deemed to warrant special recognition.
The achievement by the business can be specific to the business nominated or it can be to the industry in general.
The awards are designed to enhance the winners' reputation among industry peers locally and nationally, as a business that has made an outstanding achievement in helping to grow this important sector.
All businesses working in the Defence industry sector are encouraged to consider nominating themselves or another business for this year's awards.
When you can apply
The 2017 awards will be launched in early 2017. Read the information brochure to find out how and when to apply.
2016 Minister’s Award for Excellence
The winner of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Excellence in the Defence Industry was Crowhurst Engineering.
Crowhurst Engineering is a home-grown long-term NT business that has been providing products and services to Defence for the past eight years.
Their focus is on mechanical engineering, infrastructure repair and upgrades, and general engineering.
Key customers include Joint Logistics Unit North, RAAF Base Tindal, Delamere, Broadspectrum, Lend Lease and the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.
The firm has 30 employees including three apprentices and six Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) employees.
They aim to employ local people and work with schools to take local students as apprentices.
The company has made an outstanding contribution to regional industry networks.
In the past 12 months they have opened a retail outlet for industrial products not readily available in Katherine.
They have built a movable blast and paint facility to suit short-term projects. They have also incorporated equipment hire into their business.
These elements, as well as adding to their own business, help the productivity and cost-competitiveness of industry in the Katherine region.
2016 Special Recognition Award
The winner of the 2016 Special Recognition Award in the Defence Industry was Nilsen NT.
Nilsen NT has been operating within the NT for 25 years. They take pride in being the local tier one contractor.
The company has worked on Defence projects over the last 20 years and 70% to 80% of their work is in this field.
Nilsen NT has worked on Defence projects for Joint Logistics Unit North, Lend Lease, Laing O'Rourke, Sitzler, and John Holland.
Their Defence work includes the runway lighting at RAAF Base Tindal.
They have also done work at the Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin Prison, and Parliament House.
Like Crowhurst Engineering, Nilsen NT has a commitment to workforce development and training. They have trained 38 apprentices over the last 10 years.
Nomination and selection criteria
Nominees must be NT-based small-to-medium-sized businesses. Membership of Australian Industry Defence Network NT is not a prerequisite.
Nominees will be assessed according to their activities in relation to growing their Defence support capability or that of the industry including:
- seeking out business opportunities from Defence decisions
- implementing business and workforce development initiatives
- developing strategic partnerships
- raising the profile and reputation of the NT Defence support industry
- investing in equipment or infrastructure to increase capability and capacity.
Late nominations will not be accepted without prior arrangement.
Following nomination, the nominee will be contacted and a site visit arranged to discuss the business's capabilities and achievements.
Nominees should be working within the Defence support industry for at least two years. The selection panel may use its discretion in allowing a nomination from a business that has achieved a defence related contract for the first time within the past two years, or has initiated a strategic capability that will benefit the Defence support industry as a whole.
The assessment panel will not impinge on any intellectual property linked to the achievement and strict adherence to security of information supplied as part of the nomination will apply.
How to apply
Nominations for 2017 are open. Read the information brochure to find out how and when to apply.
Australian Industry & Defence Network NT (AIDN-NT)
Phone: (08) 8983 3955
Previous award winners
2016 Minister's Award for Excellence in the Defence Industry: Crowhurst Engineering
2016 Special Recognition Award in the Defence Industry: Nilsen NT
2015 Minister's Award for Excellence in the Defence Industry: Coach Charters Australia
2015 Special Recognition Award in the Defence Industry: Crowhurst Engineering
2014 Minister's Award for Excellence: RGM Maintenance
2014 Special Recognition Award: Bulletproof NT Tactical Gear
2013 Minister's Award for Excellence: Northern Business Communications Pty Ltd (NBC)
2012 Minister's Award for Excellence: NT Welding
2012 Minister for Business's Defence Support Award: NT Marine Engineering & Electrical
2011 Minister's Award for Excellence: Hydraulink (NT) Pty Ltd
2011 Minister for Defence Support Award: Territory Surgical Supplies
2010 Minister's Award for Excellence: NT Medic Healthcare Agency
2010 Minister for Defence Support Award: RGM Maintenance Pty Ltd
2009 Minister's Award for Excellence: Fingers Specialised Metal Fabrication
2009 Minister for Defence Support Award: NT Welding
2009 Special Recognition Award: Coach Charters Australia
Last updated: 10 July 2017