Capability News

As we reach the end of another financial year, it is time to reflect on our business wins, and celebrate Australian SMEs.

In this edition, we bring you information about the Federal Government’s $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate project, with ICN SA working with two of the three companies invited to tender.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, the announcement of the North Queensland Stadium build means 2000 new jobs, mostly for people in Townsville and surrounding areas.

ICN Victoria has been busy working with Lendlease on a variety of health-related projects, including the recently-opened Monash Children’s Hospital. And in NSW, business in the Shoalhaven region have successfully secured almost 20% of the $480 million HMAS Albatross redevelopment project.

But ICN is not all about ICN Gateway and work packages, and this quarter, we bring you some information about the work our consultants do behind the scenes.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition, and we look forward to continuing to support Australian SMEs.


Don Matthews

Chair, ICN Executive Directors

New Monash Children’s Hospital opens its doors

Lendlease engaged with ICV Victoria to help identify local capability for the Monash Children’s Hospital. This article first appeared on Build Australia and has been reprinted with permission. Image by Victorian School Building Authority.

The Victorian Government, together with Monash Health, have officially opened the new Monash Children’s Hospital, providing a state of the art medical service to the children and families of Victoria.

Metro trains delivers boost to Vic SMEs

ICN Victoria has been working with Downer to maximise local content for the $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project.

As part of the process, more than 250 Victorian SMEs attended a series of two briefings in March and April to learn more about contract opportunities for local businesses.

New home for North Queensland Cowboys

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with Queensland State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill have announced Watpac as managing contractor to build the $250 million North Queensland Stadium.

The winning tender meets the requirements for maximising local job and training opportunities, including for Indigenous workers.

To achieve its local contact goal, Watpac will use the ICN Gateway to source suppliers for the project. The company has also outlined a plan for more than 80 per cent of hours spent building the stadium to be by locals, and at least 80 per cent of the value of the project to be spent on local subcontractors and suppliers.

Future Frigate program to boost Australian defence capability

In one of the biggest defence spends the country has ever seen, the SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate Program is part of the Australian Government's plan to update Australia's naval capabilities and create a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry.

The $35 billion program will replace Australia's existing fleet of eight Anzac Class frigates with a new fleet of nine anti-submarine warfare frigates, required to conduct a range of missions, focusing on anti-submarine warfare.

NT Resource’s Week marks a decade of opportunity

For the 10th year in a row, NT Resources Week combines three of the Northern Territory’s foremost resource and construction industry events in a not to be missed series of conferences and a combined exhibition, which will see ICN NT once again host a booth.

In the past decade the NT Resources week, which brings together the South East Asia Australia Offshore & Onshore Conference (SEAAOC), as well as the Mining the Territory and Building the Territory conferences, has become the leading meeting point for in mining, exploration, petroleum, oil/gas, engineering, construction and infrastructure decision makers.

Behind the scenes at ICN

While Gateway is Australia’s best platform for SMEs to secure work, ICN offers subscribers so much more than a directory listing. Every day we work with local suppliers and project managers to help save valuable time and money in the procurement process. We also help to secure billions of dollars in contracts and jobs that may otherwise have gone overseas.

‘A lot of the work our consultants do is behind the scenes and confidential,’ ICN NT Industry Adviser Elena Tsangari said.

Defence boost for Shoalhaven SMEs

ICN NSW has helped connect local Shoalhaven contractors with securing almost 20 per cent of the trade packages for major capital facilities works at HMAS Albatross.

There have been three major projects in the local area: the N2222 Seahawk Romeo Helicopter Facilities project; the JP 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems Facilities project (HATS); and the N2183 HMAS Albatross Stage 3 Redevelopment project.