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The Highlight Reel from the HunterNet Defence Conference

By Kinexus on 13 September 2018
I attended the HunterNet Defence Conference at the end of August. It was my first in a few years, so it was interesting to see the change in ‘vibe’.  Matt Hall, former RAAF fast jet pilot and Red Bull Air Race competitor kicked things off, wowing us with his amazing flying skills as he manoeuvred his racing aircraft above us. Matt generously donated his time and resources, and impressed us that evening as guest speaker at the conference dinner.  Into the conference the next day, there were three main themes.
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What to Consider Before Applying for a Role Interstate

By Kinexus on 30 August 2018
Before applying for that great interstate role you saw advertised or expressing your interest in a project located on the other side of Australia, there are a few things you should consider first. Not being prepared for the move and the logistics that come with it can significantly impact your ability to shine as the best candidate for the job. We often work with people considering a move interstate; sometimes for clear reasons such as to be closer to family or to return home. However, career growth is usually the driver. Be that for a promotion or to be involved in a specific project. With the current defence spend and big exciting projects kicking off across the country the temptation to apply for a role interstate is higher than ever. Whether you‘re willing to relocate ‘for the right role’ or have a specific project you want to work on, doing your groundwork will help you work out if an interstate opportunity is something you can seriously consider.
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Why Now Could be the Right Time for You to Contract

By Kinexus on 23 August 2018
Contract work is increasingly prevalent in the Defence Industry. We’ve seen a 46% increase in contract jobs over the past 6 months*. With an increase in available work, now could be the right time for you to look at contract work. We all know contracting tends to pay a bit more by the hour but there are other benefits and considerations too.
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Didn’t get to the D+I Conference? Here’s What You Missed

By Kinexus on 16 August 2018
Another excellent D + I ConferenceDefence and Industry, Fundamental Inputs to Capability was held 2nd August 2018 in Canberra. Thanks to Kim Gillies and his team for putting together this event. Some themes that resonated through the whole conference included: -the speed of change in technology; innovation funding; SME experience; shortages in STEM skills and diversity. Here are my key takeaways from the conference.
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How did you get there? An Interview with Carly Menzies

By Kinexus on 8 August 2018
Despite what they teach in schools, career paths are rarely a straight journey. They have twists and turns. Just ask Carly. Carly joined RAN as an undergraduate Marine Engineering Officer, gained her engineering degree, transitioned out to pursue her passion in the health and fitness industry, joined the Defence Industry as a contractor and now calls ASC home. She is a shining example of how one can combine the intellectual challenges of a technical role with the demands of a 20+ hour a week passion.
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A Summary: What the Defence Industry Capability Plan Means for SME Businesses

By Kinexus on 2 August 2018
To get an understanding of the recently released Defence Industry Capability Plan I went along to hear Matt Ramage and Sheridan Kearnan from the Department of Defence speak at the July Defence Watch lunch in Canberra. The Defence Industry Capability Plan was developed to give Australia the ability to develop and control our defence capabilities. From their presentations, I identified three key themes important to Australian SME businesses and individuals working or seeking to work in Defence Industry.
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A Map of the Current and Upcoming Defence Sector Projects

By Kinexus on 26 July 2018
In July 2018 we release the fourth edition of the Kinexus Defence Industry Insights. It features state and sector overviews, an update on the Kinexus Job Vacancy Index, salary trends, expected wages for key Defence Industry roles and information of Defence Sector demographics. One of the most sought-after and requested sections of our Defence Industry Insights is our map of current and upcoming projects in the Defence Sector. Here’s our snapshot of the projects and activities currently happening in across the country.
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SEA 5000 Update: What the Announcement means to Your Job

By Kinexus on 19 July 2018
Finally, the wait is over. The SEA 5000 design and prime contractor has been announced. Congratulations to BAE Systems Australia (BAE). The Future Frigate program will see BAE prime the build of nine ships in Adelaide for the Royal Australian Navy. ASC Shipbuilding (ASC) will play their part in the program and become a subsidiary of BAE for the duration of the build. Whilst not entirely clear at this stage exactly what that will look like or when it will occur, we expect the ASC transition to become clearer in the coming weeks and months. ASC still need to complete the build and warranty phases of the AWD program and are due to begin constructing the first two OPV’s for Luerssen Australia under SEA 1180 later this year.
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