Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, has announced that a new Defence and Industry ePortal would become operational at the beginning of July 2008.
The ePortal will incorporate an Industry Capability Information System that will contain publicly searchable data on the capabilities offered by Australian and New Zealand Defence companies that will allow Defence contractors to find Australian suppliers. It will also allow companies seeking partners with complementary capabilities to find each other.
When it is launched in early July, the ePortal 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.
The ePortal will also provide links to forthcoming Defence business opportunities, although no details have been provided about what form this might take.