Aquaterro is the leading provider of operational, tactical and safety equipment to professional users in Australia and the Australasian Region. Founded in 1994, and still led today nearly 24 years later by company CEO Graeme Bulte, the company has grown step by step to be the most informed and relied upon source of information and product solutions for the highest threat roles undertaken by men and women in uniform in Australia.

Aquaterro supplies every state, territory and federal law enforcement and border protection agency in the country – we are a key supplier to the Australian Defence Force across all services. Aquaterro is trusted by the world’s leading manufacturers to provide support and service to our select Premium Retail Dealer Network, and to Government, Military and Commercial end users.

No matter where your mission takes you, Aquaterro has you covered. SEA – LAND – AIR AQUA-TERRA-AERO

Find out more: https://www.aquaterro.com/

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Defence Scientific and Technology Group

DST is the Australian government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, we deliver expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

Our vision is to be a world leader in defence science and technology – indispensable in transforming the Australian Defence Force and Australia’s national security.

Headed by the Chief Defence Scientist, we have an annual budget of approximately $408 million and employ approximately 2300 staff, predominantly scientists, engineers, IT specialists and technicians. We have a presence in nearly every state and territory in Australia. Our national headquarters is in Canberra, and we have research facilities in Melbourne, Edinburgh (in the northern suburbs of Adelaide), Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, HMAS Stirling at Rockingham (near Perth), Scottsdale in Tasmania, and Innisfail in northern Queensland.

We work closely with industry, universities and the scientific community to enhance our combined ability to support Australia’s defence and national security capabilities and to contribute to national wealth.

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Defence Scientific Institute

The DSI was established in 2010 within the University of Melbourne. It is funded jointly by the State Government of Victoria, the Commonwealth Government’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the University of Melbourne.  The Defence Science Institute harnesses the capabilities of Victoria’s universities to deliver integrated multi-disciplinary  solutions for the defence sector and facilitate the growth of defence science research networks between academia, DSTO and defence industry.

The Defence Science Institute is run by the DSI Executive. The Executive is guided by an advisory board and a research leaders forum, and it oversees five research programmes that align to Defence research priorities. Each programme is led by a senior researcher from DSTO or Academia, who oversees the establishment of DSI research projects. DSI has supported over 50 research projects and invested more than $1 million dollars into research and research-related activities within the state of Victoria.

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Office of Naval Research Global

The U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) provides worldwide science & technology (S&T)-based solutions for current and future naval challenges. Leveraging the expertise of more than 50 scientists, technologists and engineers, ONR Global maintains a physical presence on five continents. The command reaches out to the broad global technical community and the operational fleet/force commands to foster cooperation in areas of mutual interest and to bring the full range of possibilities to the Navy and Marine Corps.

Shortly after ONR was founded in 1946, the command assumed the responsibility of the wartime-era’s Office of Scientific Research and Development liaison office in London. It aimed to identify promising research opportunities in Europe and the Middle East. By 1977, the ONR’s European and Tokyo offices had combined to form the international field office with a single, Department of the Navy-wide, international S&T strategy for fostering international collaboration. Over the decades, ONR Global has reached out to increase and expand its cooperative activities with offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Santiago, Prague, and most recently, Sao Paulo in 2014.

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The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is the Army’s technology leader and largest technology developer. RDECOM ensures the dominance of Army capabilities by creating, integrating and delivering technology-enabled solutions to our Soldiers.

To meet this commitment to the Army, RDECOM develops technologies in its seven major laboratories and research, development and engineering centers. It also integrates technologies developed in partnership with an extensive network of academic, industry, and international partners. RDECOM provides the Army with an organic research and development capability. More than 13,700 Soldiers, civilian employees and direct contractors form this world-class team. As part of that team, there are more than 10,000 engineers and scientists, many of whom are the Army’s leading experts in their fields. The fundamental characteristic of the RDECOM workforce is the focus on the Soldier. Whether providing technology solutions to meet current operational needs or developing break-through technologies for the next generation, RDECOM stands at the forefront of what the Soldier eats, wears, fires, flies or drives. Find out more: https://www.army.mil/info/organization/unitsandcommands/commandstructure/rdecom army.mil-75135-2010-05-27-160532

Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development

AOARD is a field office of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), which is located in Arlington, Va., USA. AFOSR manages all basic research activities for the U.S. Air Force. For information about AFOSR, see: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/afosr/.

AOARD and AFOSR are part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), which has extensive R&D programs in nine different technical directorates at multiple locations within the USA. See the following link for more information about AFRL: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl.aspx. Program Officers (POs) at AOARD work closely with POs at AFOSR to fund basic research in the Asia-Pacific region in support of the AFRL mission. AOARD and AFOSR work closely with AFRL scientists and engineers across all technical areas.

Our primary focus is to fund basic, fundamental research that seeks to push scientific frontiers. We understand that excellent research is done around the world; AOARD was created to cultivate and build relationships between leading scientists and engineers throughout the Asia-Pacific with our laboratory scientists and engineers. Since the focus is on basic science, both AFOSR and AOARD have a very long-term view of application development. Ultimately, we are interested in developing collaborative basic research between Asia-Pacific scientists and engineers and AFRL scientists.

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Subsonic Sponsors

Australian Association for Unmanned Systems

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) is Australia’s largest industry advocacy group for unmanned systems. AAUS represents unmanned systems across all three domains: land, sea and air.

AAUS’s objective is to promote a professional, safe and commercially viable unmanned systems industry. AAUS focuses on facilitating awareness, integration and collaboration between industry, academia, government and defence. AAUS offers its members a range of benefits and services. These include industry advocacy, representation, advice, networking opportunities, business promotional opportunities, and discounted insurance. AAUS serves its membership through every avenue that promotes the adoption and integration of unmanned systems into applications that serve civilian and military needs. Through collaboration with peripheral industries, supporting industries and within the resources sectors, AAUS facilitates the uptake of unmanned systems technologies into new market sectors. AAUS plays a pivotal role in identifying R&D opportunities for its membership and providing advocacy at both the State and Federal levels of Government. AAUS takes a leadership role in building the infrastructure necessary to allow the unmanned systems technology to take hold as a viable industry. From working directly with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to create the highest possible standards in regulations to directing the creation of privacy reforms in Australia for unmanned systems, AAUS is influential. AAUS works at a national level to assist the government in recognising the capacity of the unmanned systems community that includes, manufacturing, support services, operations, training and world class leaders in R&D. AAUS also hosts international events that attract presentations and delegates alike from around the world. AAUS also understands the changing needs of a burgeoning industry and takes on the challenges of its members at both the Corporate and Individual level.

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MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on its products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development.

MATLAB®, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink® is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. The company produces nearly 100 additional products for specialized tasks such as data analysis and image processing. (See product map.)

MATLAB and Simulink are used throughout the automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, and industrial automation industries as fundamental tools for research and development. They are also used for modeling and simulation in increasingly technical fields, such as financial services and computational biology. MATLAB and Simulink enable the design and development of a wide range of advanced products, including automotive systems, aerospace flight control and avionics, telecommunications and other electronics equipment, industrial machinery, and medical devices. More than 5000 colleges and universities around the world use MATLAB and Simulink for teaching and research in a broad range of technical disciplines.

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Nillumbik Shire Council


Nillumbik Shire is located 25 kms north-east of Melbourne and the southern boundary is the Yarra River. The south of Nillumbik is predominantly urban, with commercial centres at Eltham and Diamond Creek. The north of the municipality includes significant natural features like Kinglake National Park and Sugarloaf Reservoir. The main industries include building construction, installation trade services, building completion services.