Greg Combet, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, today announced that a new Defence and Industry ePortal would become operational at the beginning of July 2008.
“The ePortal will incorporate, among other facilities, an Industry Capability Information System that will contain publicly searchable data on the capabilities offered by Australian and New Zealand Defence companies,” Mr Combet said.
“This will allow Defence contractors to find Australian suppliers. It will also allow companies seeking partners with complementary capabilities to find each other.
“It has been a longstanding problem to find easily accessible, accurate and current information on the capabilities of companies in the Defence industry sector.
“When the Defence and Industry ePortal is launched in early July, it will be preloaded with data on about 400 Australian companies. New companies will be able to register as users, and then add their company capabilities to the database. Contractors looking for Australian partners will be able to search the database to find the capabilities they require.
“This will greatly increase the opportunities for Australian Defence companies, particularly small to medium sized enterprises, to participate in Defence’s acquisition and sustainment activities and also to compete in the global Defence market,” Mr Combet said.
“The Defence and Industry ePortal will also provide links to forthcoming Defence business opportunities and to other relevant Defence and Government sites.
“It will also have a secure feedback tool to allow companies to provide feedback to Defence either on procurement matters or about the ePortal facility itself. The ePortal will provide access at all hours online,” he said.