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New 2017-18 Committee for EIDA

The small founder group that steered EIDA through its first financial year has now been expanded to a Management Committee of 10 members who were elected at the EIDA Annual General Meeting :

Donald Kay, Chairman EIDA, MD of Don Alan Pty Ltd, Electronics Designers and Manufacturers
Tony Stevens, Deputy Chairman EIDA, Asset Assessment Manager at SA Power Networks
Clive Pay, Hon. Secretary EIDA, Former Head of Electronic Engineering at Regency TAFE
David Green, Hon. Treasurer EIDA, Electronic Engineer, MD of Novacom Pty Ltd
Dr. John Brydon, Biomedical Consulting Engineer, Mediator, MD of Help Factory 
Henrietta Child, Events MD of KneeDeep Consulting, Organizer at Start Lean- Go Global
Dr. Ronald Grill, Electronics Industry Research, MD of Technology Management Pty Ltd
Richard Kelly, MD of Vomax Pty Ltd, Design and Manufacture of Sensing Equipment for Agriculture
Professor Michael Liebelt, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Adelaide
Dr. Andrew Skinner, Founder, Director, Measurement Engineering Australia P/ L, Weather Systems
This Committee has a strong blend of design, manufacture, training, education, research and corporate experience and will steer EIDA through the 2017/18 Financial Year.
Your Committee members are vitally interested in the development of our industry. If you have an industry issue or suggestion, please approach the appropriate Committee person.

Upcoming Events

1. Site Tour - APC Technology

Cheltenham, SA | APC Technology
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (ACST)
Ticket: $30 – $40
You are invited to an exclusive opportunity to tour the site of APC Technology, with introduction by Rear Admiral The Honourable Kevin Scarce, AC, CSC, RANR.

How Small Companies Can Succeed in Defence.
Becoming a supplier to the defence sector can potentially provide multi-million dollar contracts that continue over decades, providing a constant revenue stream for a business. But how does a small company break into this lucrative market? APC Technology’s Chairman Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce (AC CSC RAN Rtd) will provide an insight into how SMEs can propel themselves into the defence sector through knowledge and innovation.

Following this, Scott Begbie, APC Technology’s Managing Director, will give an insight into the company as an agile innovative SME, how they engage with their defence & industry clients plus some key lessons learnt along the way. There will then be an overview of how APC Technology are bringing advanced capability in-house to drive down time to market and cost, whilst still offering custom solutions.

Note: Disability access is limited to the venue. Please contact us prior to booking if you have mobility needs.

2. Networking Breakfast with Richard Kelly (Vomax Instrumentation)

Adelaide, SA | Club Braggs Restaurant at the Public Schools Club
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am (ACST)
Ticket: $30

A Breakfast Gathering of the Electronics Industry
As part of our Get to know the people in our Industry Series we are delighted to invite you to another Networking Breakfast.

Guest Speaker - Richard Kelly, Engineering Manager at Vomax Instrumentation.
Richard will talk about 'The Challenge of Electronics in the Agricultural Sector'.

A hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, tomato, mushrooms and toast, tea or coffee, an inspiring Guest Speaker, networking with colleagues and meeting people from other parts of our diverse industry.

Free on-street parking is readily available on East Terrace.

3. Joint Industry Networking Event with TechInSA

Thebarton, SA | The Precinct Conference Centre
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (ACST)
Ticket: $30

How the Electronics Industry contributes to Innovation in South Australia.
Presented by The Electronics Industry Development Adelaide
Supported by TechInSA

We are delighted to invite you to a networking event in partnership with TechInSA, with member company presentations and networking! This event is designed to showcase our capability and encourage projects that collaborate between areas such as electronics and biotech, medtech or agriculture for mutual benefit.

Join us to hear successful stories of how cutting edge electronic capability is enabling exciting projects and companies.

This is event is kindly supported by TechInSA. RSVPs essential.

SA State Budget - Future Jobs Fund - For Medium to Large Companies

The South Australian State Government has established a Future Jobs Fund. A total of $50 million dollars has been allocated to provide support for businesses through grants with another $70 million dollars available through low interest loans. Applications are sought from businesses and other non-government organisations for funding grants and or loans to create ongoing jobs in the following sectors and industrial capabilities:
  1. Shipbuilding and defence
  2. Renewable energy and mining
  3. Tourism, food and wine
  4. Health and biomedical research
  5. IT and advanced manufacturing
Under the scheme:
A minimum of $100, 000 and up to a maximum of $5 million grants are available per proposal.
Applications for fund grants and loans must be received no later than 29 September 2017.  Email:

EIDA Comment:  ‘Electronics’ is not shown in the above list of 5 industry sectors.  But, do not be dissuaded from applying for this and other Government funding programs discussed below.  Electronics businesses are eligible. See:

Electronics is seen by government not as an ‘Advanced Manufacturing Industry’, but as an ‘enabling technology’.  However, our design and manufacturing industry creates high value-added products and systems for national and global markets, contributes high levels of revenue to our regional economy and employs ~15% of all South Australians in the manufacturing sector.

Manufacturing Growth Continues

Australian manufacturing recorded nine straight month of expansion in June 2017.  The Ai Group/ PMI Report shows that expansion continued across all sub-sectors except Textiles and Clothing. The Machinery and Equipment sector, which includes electronic equipment, recorded 60.1 points (above 50 points indicates growth).

While unemployment remains stubbornly high across many other sectors in our State, the current growth trend continues in manufacturing from 2016. Manufacturing topped employment sector growth in 2016 (ABS data, Advertiser (10/01/20117:8)) with 9,700 jobs added, while Mining lost 1,100 jobs, Transport lost 5,100 and Accommodation and Food Services shed 12,500 jobs in 2016. See: Employment is Growing in South Australian Manufacturing

Manufacturing of electronic products and systems in Adelaide is a major factor in the transition of our regional economy from its past dependence on ‘Industrial-Age’ manufacturing to our logical future as an education, research and ‘Knowledge-Age’ industrial region.

Medical Technology Funding Program

MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre (MTPConnect) is looking for collaborative, industry-led projects through a dollar-for-dollar matched Project Fund Program. MTPConnect wants to invest in big, bold ideas to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of the MTP sector; to deliver results on a national scale that have sector-wide impact, including for SMEs. Medical Tech details at:

Business Expansion Grants for Northern Adelaide

Grants worth between $10,000 and $100,000 are available to support activities that grow small, established businesses in northern Adelaide.
Applications are now open and will be assessed every six to eight weeks. The program is currently funded until June 2019.  Application deadlines and the relevant assessment dates are as follows:

1 November 2017 – 5:00pm (for assessment on 15 November 2017)
6 September 2017 – 5:00pm (for assessment on 20 September 2017)

These dates may be subject to change.
How to apply:

Knowledge City Index – Australia

A report released on 27-7-2017 shows Sydney as Australia’s highest rated ‘Knowledge City’ with Melbourne second and Canberra in third position. Adelaide was rated number six after Brisbane and Perth and just ahead of Darwin!
Factors included in the study were: Knowledge Capacity, Knowledge Mobility, Digital Access, Knowledge Industries, Knowledge Income and Smart Work
The report states: “For cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth, the shift to a knowledge economy promises to be “the best of times”. For the other 20 cities, it could well be “the worst of times” if they are unable to adapt to the knowledge economy”.  This is a sobering prospect! See:
Adelaide is a ’right size’ city and our topography facilitates face-to-face meetings that lead to trust and collaborative networking; larger cities cannot match this. The size, capability and agility of our industry and its self-organised cluster structure were not considered in this study. With these and other positive factors included Adelaide would have rated higher.                                                 
Now, more than ever it is important for our industry to promote its scale and its significant ‘Knowledge Capability’ to our community and governments.

Job Accelerator Grant Scheme for Small and Medium Businesses

Businesses can now register for a Job Accelerator Grant (JAG) to assist in employing additional full-time, part-time and casual employees in South Australia, with up to $10 000 ($5000 per year) available for every new job created.
Businesses that register a new employee for a JAG will receive up to an additional $5000 ($2500 per year), if that employee is an eligible apprentice or trainee where the position is also deemed to be eligible for the JAG. The additional $5000 grant for apprentices and trainees will be backdated to 1 July 2016 so businesses that have already hired a new apprentice or trainee are eligible for the additional grant.
RevenueSA will be updating the JAG system to allow payment of the additional $5000 grant by 1 July 2017 or shortly thereafter. In the meantime, businesses can contact RevenueSA on 8226 2210 or to discuss the eligibility of their business for the additional grant.
The grant aims to create jobs now and build a strong workforce for the future. Find out if your business is eligible today and take up this offer while it is available.

Wants and Offers

The member space to offer products and services and to list your requirements.
Employment:  Enthusiastic electronics technician is seeking employment in the Adelaide area. He has an Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering, and 10+ years’ experience in design, build and test of electronic systems. He is highly recommended by an EIDA member. He also designs and builds electronics projects involving ATMega and PIC microprocessors in his spare time. An experienced and motivated employee with high computer literacy. Please contact:
Full resume here:
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