By AMDA Foundation Limited, 27 January, 2015

Aerospace Australia Limited has announced the finalists in its prestigious Industry Innovation Awards for 2015.

It has shortlisted listed 12 Australian-based civil and military innovators.

The awards recognise and reward local companies and individuals at the forefront of aerospace 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
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Civil Industry


The winners will be announced on Tuesday 24th February during the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition at Avalon Victoria.

Aerospace Australia CEO Ian Honnery said Australia has a proud history of aerospace innovation.

 “For more than a century Australia has been a leading world player in aviation and aerospace engineering, in both peace and war. Australian airlines, the Royal Australian Air Force, the General Aviation community and government regulators have been supported in this by world-class researchers, engineers and manufacturers based in Australia,”  Mr Honnery said.

 “The 12 companies and individuals shortlisted for these Innovation Awards are maintaining that tradition. Australian innovators have helped make the Royal Australian Air Force a global benchmark for capability and professionalism, while simultaneously creating a century-long tradition of safe and efficient air transport, both domestically and across the globe,” he added.

The Awards will be presented by the Chairman of Aerospace Australia Limited, Air Marshal (Retired) Les Fisher, AO,  at the Avalon 2015 Innovation Theatrette.                                                                          

The winners of the National Civil and Defence Industry Innovation Awards will be presented with a trophy, while the winners of the SME Innovation Grant and the Young Innovator Scholarship will receive cheques for $10,000 each. All 12 Australian innovators shortlisted for the Innovation Awards will be featured at Avalon 2015 in a dedicated Innovation Awards Showcase adjacent to the Avalon 2015 Innovation Theatrette.

“The specially created Innovation Awards Showcase is the perfect platform to present the best of Australian innovation to a global audience of aerospace and defence professionals,” Mr Honnery said.

Avalon 2015 will be held at Avalon Airport, Melbourne, from 24 February to 1 March, 2015

Source: Aerospace Maritime & Defence Foundation of Australia