2021 Annual Report
In delivering the vision and mission set for the Company by the Board, DMTC is putting industrial capability in Australian hands. That phrase neatly sums up many of the individual stories in this Report.
Within our portfolio of projects and partnerships, and in response to the needs and requirements of our key defence and national security customers, we have made advances in sovereign technology development, contributed to the capacity of Australian small businesses and made investments in industrially-focused innovation that will continue to pay dividends for years to come.
The formal re-certification of our systems against international standards (namely ISO 9001 and ISO 44001), that I am delighted to say DMTC has again achieved this year, is a strong signal and an objective validation of the value we deliver to our partners.
The right balance between outcomes and systems is caught up in what I describe as structural flexibility.
This is where DMTC is at its best, and where the expertise and experience we’ve developed and built across our team comes to the fore. In terms that our industrial partners would know only too well, it’s our point of difference and source of competitive advantage.
DMTC has consistently shown that harmonising the cultures and success drivers of the research sector, the industrial sector and government practitioners is not only possible, but delivers great benefits. It creates an environment for purpose-driven collaboration.
This Report provides many examples of this, whether related to our efforts in technology development or in technology transfer. It’s about success by design, not by chance.
In our corresponding Report last year, we spoke about COVID-19 with some confidence that we might have seen the worst of it. As we now know, the pandemic has had an arguably even greater impact this year than last.
Despite the significance of the challenge, DMTC has continued to achieve extraordinary results. I am proud of the team’s efforts, and warmly welcome our new team members who have fitted in well and are already making strong contributions.
Our ‘one plus one equals three’ approach might be an affront to my colleagues with expertise in mathematics, but it is demonstrated in our collaborative achievements and will be a key ingredient in our continued success.
I commend the Report to you.
Mark Hodge – CEO, DMTC