Capability News

As we reach the end of whats been a very different and arguably difficult year for us all, it is a good time to reflect on our successes as well as the resilience of Australian and New Zealand manufacturing companies to handle everything that has been thrown at them in 2020.

We saw companies pivot to meet demand for PPE and home office furniture and technology and we learnt that we could continue to connect and network virtually, which has certainly come with its own challenges and levels of fatigue, but as with everything else, we saw enormous tenacity from Australian businesses who were quick to adapt and align their processes to align with our new normal!

In this final edition for the year, we feature some exciting opportunities in space technology, with three global leaders assessing the capabilities of Australian suppliers.

Our Victorian colleagues and businesses have successfully come through a second wave of COVID and this quarter, we feature two major projects in regional areas of the state.

ICN VIC is working with Coleman Rail and KBR to ensure local companies have access to opportunities with Rail Project Victoria’s Shepparton line upgrade, Stage 2, kicking off soon.  And over in Gippsland, the owners of Australia’s first offshore wind project are looking to connect with local suppliers, including Traditional Owner businesses and those involved in industries undergoing transition.

In the Northern Territory, Indigenous construction company Barpa has won the worker’s accommodation contract in the redevelopment of Darwin’s RAAF Base Tindal. Barpa Construction Services is a standalone Indigenous construction management company with locations across the country Tindal is not the only Defence project providing opportunities in the Top End, with the Federal Government announcing a Defence construction funding boost to support small and medium businesses.

Over in the West, ICNWA is encouraging oil and gas suppliers to take advantage of the early chance to get involved in the Waitsia Stage 2 gas project. Project owner Mitsui has listed the first work packages on ICN Gateway, following the WA Government’s decision to allow the Perth Basin project to export part of its gas as LNG.

ICNWA is also working with a consortium led by Laing O’Rourke to identify local capability for the $700m METRONET Morley to Ellenbrook line, which is expected to create 6500 local jobs including 3600 in direct construction.

Up in sunny Queensland, the Prime Minister recently opened Rheinmetall’s $170 million Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILHEVCOE). ICN Queensland worked closely with both Rheinmetall and the EPC contractor Watpac to ensure local suppliers had access to work packages.

In NSW, Spain’s Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has been awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for the Sebastopol solar farm, near Temora in NSW. Construction is expected to start early in 2021 and is likely to take about 9 months.

As Adelaide is becoming home to an emergent world-class health and medical industries sector, ICNSA has launched The Health and Medical Industries (HMI) Database on Gateway, This is aimed at helping build industry capability and scale, as well as promote South Australian companies to global companies.

This summer edition also provides updates on strengthened security for ICN Gateway and Toolbox, and on changes to capability statement template for Premium subscribers.

Finally, we would like to welcome the Federal Government’s $1.5 billion investment in a Modern Manufacturing Strategy. COVID has proven our manufacturers can rise to any challenge and funds will unlock their potential.

From everyone at ICNL and across our network, we would like to take this opportunity in wishing you and your family a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2021.


Mike Swart
Chair, ICN Executive Directors