13 September 2017

Innovation Awards Shortlist Announced

Fifteen Australian innovators from both the defence and civil sector have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards. Between them they submitted seventeen entries.

The awards recognise and reward local companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and maritime innovation and carry with them a total of $40,000 in cash prizes. They will be presented in the following categories:

  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award
  • Civil Industry National Innovation Award
  • Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Civil Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry

The winners will be announced at 1100 on Wednesday 4 October during the PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney's International Convention Centre (ICC) at Darling Harbour. PACIFIC 2017 is organised by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited, a not-for-profit foundation that is part of the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited.

The shortlisted entrants include a WA company that has built a world-leading suspension system that reduces the shock and fatigue experienced by the crews of workboats and high-speed patrol vessels operating in heavy seas; an intelligent robot that can inspect the interior of a submarine ballast tank; an automated system to help launch and recover helicopters operating off small ships in high winds and heavy seas; and an unmanned surface vessel that can remain at sea for months, gathering environmental and military data. A list of the shortlisted entrants is attached.

The two winners of the National Awards for Defence and Civil Innovation will be presented with trophies, while the winners of the Defence and Civil SME Innovation Grants will receive cheques for $10,000, as will the winner of the Young Innovator Scholarship. All 17 entries shortlisted for the Innovation Awards will be showcased at the PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, the premier commercial maritime and naval defence exposition in our region.

The Awards were presented for the first time at PACIFIC 2013 and many entrants have gone on to further success. The winner of the 2013 National Defence Industry Innovation Award, Perth-based One Atmosphere Pty Limited, went on to win the prestigious 2014 DSTO Eureka Prize and has secured additional development funding to help bring its Pegasus helicopter buoyancy system into service with the ADF. The 2015 winner, DMTC along with the University of Wollongong and three other partners, developed an automated welding system to help construct submarine and warship hulls faster, to a much higher level of quality, and cheaper. This technology has recently been adopted by Thales Australia for the manufacture of its new Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle (Light) for the Australian Army.

"Innovation isn't just about having good ideas - it's about putting good ideas to use," says PACIFIC 2017 CEO Ian Honnery. "Australians have a special relationship with the sea, and we've shortlisted 15 innovators from four States who have set out to be game-changers in the global markets they're tackling. They illustrate the strengths of the companies operating in these sectors here in Australia."

The specially created Maritime Innovation Awards Showcase in the exhibition halls is the perfect venue to present the best of Australian innovation to a global audience of maritime professionals. It is adjacent to the Innovation Theatrette which is the venue for the PACIFIC 2017 Innovation Pitchfest organised by the Defence Science Institute and DST Group.


  • Abyss Solutions (NSW) - End to End Condition Assessment of Underwater Assets
  • Advanced Navigation (NSW) - Subsonus subsea navigation system
  • AMOG Technologies Pty Limited (VIC) - Longitudinally Grooved Suppression (LGS) Technology
  • Artis Group (NSW) - Artis Engineering Platform
  • Columbus Group (WA) - 3D Dynamic Fluid/Semi-solid pump
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre (VIC) - Microbiological Corrosion Control
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre and Partners (VIC) - High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) coatings for marine applications
  • Nauti-Craft Pty Limited (WA) - Nauti-Craft Marine Suspension System (NCMSS)
  • Ocius Technology Pty Limited (NSW) - Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel
  • Prism Defence Pty Limited (SA) - HeliSAFE shipborne helicopter operations management system
  • Rojone Pty Limited (NSW) - RADHAZ Isolation unit
  • Ron Allum Deepsea Services (NSW) - Energy Storage and Distribution System (ESDS)
  • Ron Allum Deepsea Services (NSW) - Pressure Tolerant Brushless DC Motors
  • Thales Australia (NSW) - Stingrae communications networking system for boarding parties
  • Woodside Energy Pty Limited (WA) - LNG-powered marine support vessel


  • Dr Peter Kabakov, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and DMTC (NSW) - Development of single crystal piezoelectric ceramics for acoustic transducers
  • Mr Andrew Short, University of Wollongong , Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (NSW) - Robotic inspection of submarine ballast tanks.


For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson – Executive Manager Industry Development 0414 803 717

21 August 2017


The organisers of the PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exposition have welcomed the inclusion of the New South Wales government as a Principal Sponsor of the event.

"The Defence NSW stand will showcase the capabilities of some of the most innovative companies in the state," PACIFIC CEO Ian Honnery said.

"In all there will be no fewer than twelve hi tech defence organisations from NSW including from the key defence clusters of Sydney, Hunter Valley and the South Coast."

Director of Defence NSW Commodore Peter Scott CSC RANR said the three day event will promote the NSW defence sector to more than 500 companies from 21 countries.

"It's a significant platform for Defence NSW to promote and drive outcomes from New South Wales:
Strong, Smart and Connected, the NSW Government's Defence and Industry Strategy, including getting small and medium sized enterprises better engaged with global defence businesses
" he said.

Mr Honnery said since its inception 17 years ago the biennial event has continued to grow in terms of industry and government participation as well as prestige and importance.

"As a technology showcase for Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific region it is second to none."

"It offers a unique networking and learning opportunity and is a direct conduit to many of the key decision makers in naval defence and the maritime industry."

The 2015 event was hailed an outstanding success.

Key outcomes included:-

  • A record 494 participating exhibiting companies from 22 countries
  • Total visitations of 14,979
  • 51 official foreign delegations, many of which were naval delegations at Chief of Navy level


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18 April 2017


Organisers of the 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition are calling for nominations for the latest round of Industry Innovation Awards, worth over $40,000.

The Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards recognise and reward those Australian companies and individuals who are at the forefront of both naval and commercial maritime innovation. They will be presented in Sydney at Pacific 2017 October. Entries open on 19 April.

The shortlisted Innovation Award contenders will enjoy the attention of senior naval and industry leaders and international media attending Pacific 2017.

Six awards will be presented in total for the following categories:

  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award
  • Civil Industry National Innovation Award
  • Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Civil Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry Innovation
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Civil Industry Innovation.

Eligible SMEs stand to win a $10,000 Innovation Grant while Young Innovators stand to win a $10,000 innovation scholarship. The winners of the National defence and civil innovation awards will be presented with trophies. These awards have been developed by the National not-for-profit foundation, Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited (IDSAL), which organises the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition at the new Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour on 3-5 October. Maritime Australia is a division of IDSAL.

The Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards were first presented in 2013. Since then Australian companies and innovators have been presented with SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Scholarships worth more than $200,000 at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition and its sister events, the Land Forces Exposition and the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition.

"With the Commonwealth government looking to invest nearly $90 billion over the next generation in Australia's submarine and surface fleets, there has never been a better time for innovative companies in Australia’s maritime and defence sectors to show what they can do. The awards resonate with our altruistic mission to promote the development of Australia’s maritime industries," says CEO Ian Honnery.

"We want to recognise the skills and expertise that exist within Australia and reward and encourage the highly innovative work which is being undertaken by Australian companies and individuals."

The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies, and the innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business.

Entries will be judged on their understanding of the user needs and the originality of the innovation.

Nominations for the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards will close on 1 August with a short list of candidates drawn up by 21 August.

The Chairman of Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited will present the Innovation Awards during the 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition. To find out further information about the eligibility criteria or to submit an entry for the Maritime Industry Innovation Awards go to:

The 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition will be held at the new Sydney International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from 3-5 October 2017 and is supported by the Australian Department of Defence, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson – Executive Manager Industry Development 0414 803 717

For media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett– Executive Manager Media & Communications 0458 068 372