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Increased Access to Defence Industry Grants

Increased support for business to access Defence industry grants has been announced by The Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry The Morrison Government is making it easier for small and medium sized businesses in the defence sector to access defence industry grant programs. From 12 November 2020, changes to the co-contribution ratios in…

GOAL and EGGLER Sign Teaming Agreement

Goal CEO Alan Rankins announced today that Eggler Technology has entered the Goal Group under our Teaming Arrangements.  Eggler is a world leading technical education and professional development training services company specialising in capability design, systems engineering and the design of military technology.  Mr Rankins stated that “Eggler will make a powerful addition to our…

Goal Disposal Partner buys Ardent’s Aus Subsidiary

Goal Group Disposal partner Drew Shannon has purchased Ardent Oceania Australian subsidiary. The Ardent Group sold its Australian subsidiary Ardent Oceania Pty Ltd to its managing director Drew Shannon. It will continue as an independent company under the new name United Salvage Pty Ltd. Ardent, a maritime emergency management and wreck removal company created by…

Aboriginal Entrepreneur offers sporting chance

On 17 July 2020, MNNEWS TODAY published a story on Cory Robertson who is a friend of Goal’s CEO (Alan Rankins) and team collaborator on the Goal Group Disposals Team. Alan has commented: “I noticed this article the other day on Cory Robertson.  As a Lake Macquarie-based Managing Director (like me) he manages 3 companies,…

Defence Ready Series Kicks Off

GOAL Group is proud to advise that dates for the initial 2 Courses in our “Defence Ready Seminar Series” have been released. Registrations of interest in “Business Continuity”  and “ Building a Mentally Healthy and Resilient Workforce” can be made here: Registrations close on 31st July.  Places are limited and successful Registrants will be advised…

Building Capability for Defence Supply Chains

Goal Group Consultant presents on Building Capability for Defence Supply Chains Goal Group consultant Mr Michael McLean FAICD, FIMC CMC, FAOQ, JM has recently returned from Jakarta from an AMSA Port State Control and Ship Inspection. This is part of delivering to the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA‑CEPA) . (see https://www.pm.gov.au/media/joint-statement-0) Michael has been…

Fighting Small Business Cybercrime

Falling victim to cybercrime can be catastrophic for small business. To ensure small business owners get the right advice from the start, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) needs your help. The ACSC Small Business Survey is an opportunity for you to share your challenges and concerns. The ACSC will use this information to develop…

Workplace Safety

Relevant standards key to improved workplace safety In October 2018, Standards Australia adopted the new ISO Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, standard as AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018. “AS/NZS ISO 45001 has given health and safety professionals in organisations of any size a new way to help manage the many…

ITAR Violations, $30m Fine

As reported by Oxebridge, FLIR Surveillance Inc was forced to pay $30 million after it was found to have 347 ITAR violations, yet it still holds AS9100 Certification.  This goes to prove the importance of linking ITAR/EAR with your quality certification. FLIR Surveillance, Inc. was charged by the US Dept. of State with at least 347…

ITAR/EAR Conventional Arms Transfer

The US Department of State has issued a Fact Sheet on 8 November 2018 regarding the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy Implementation Plan Update. In July the Secretary of State submitted to the President the Implementation Plan requested as part of the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy (NSPM-10). This plan supports the U.S. National Security…

Defence Trade Controls Act – Review

The Department of Defence has appointed Dr Vivienne Thom AM to conduct an independent review of the Defence Trade Controls ACT 2012.  The review will look to examine if the Act is adequately safeguarding national defence capability and preventing trade and collaboration that could unknowingly advance military capabilities of potential adversaries. Initial submissions have closed, however…

US Lifts ZTE EAR Ban

As a result of EAR (Export Administration Regulations) non-compliance issues, ZTE was banned from purchasing American parts.  After 3 months the US Commerce Department has lifted the ban at the urging of US President Donald Trump, removing sanctions that had crippled the Chinese telecommunications giant who is the countries second largest telecommunications equipment producer. However having the ban…

ITAR/EAR 12 Compliance Steps

Mondaq recently published an article by Gregory Husisian about the twelve compliance steps every multi-national corporation should undertake in light of recent Trump administration enforcement activity. Over the last month, regulators with the Trump administration sent a loud message to companies subject to US jurisdiction: Enforcement of laws governing international activities is alive and well…

Export privileges denied to Chinese Telecom company

This week saw the activation of a denial order by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on the Chinese Telecommunications Company ZTE. This marks a significant moment, showing the punch BIS is willing to exert in this market area. As reported on the Commerce.gov website, “Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. today announced…

Australia to be a major defence exporter?

As reported in The Sydney Morning Herald on 29th January 2018, Australia is set to become on of the world’s top 10 defence exported under an ambitious $3.8 billion government plan. “The new defence export strategy to be released by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday aims to put Australia on par with major arms-exporting…

ITAR Challenges for SMEs

A Defence Connect article has highlighted challenges faced by SMEs when it comes to the complexities associated with Defence export controls. While some SMEs have an awareness of their responsibilities for managing controlled technology, most operate without a full understanding of the repercussions of mishandling controlled technology.  Complexities of the legislation, constantly evolving guidance on managing military…

Project and Program Management

Goal’s beginnings are deep in project and program management. Our founding Principals had long careers in government and defence programs and took that experience into initially development of training, coaching and mentoring products and now into a suite or project and program management products and services. Highly Experienced Program & Project Managers   Goal Group’s...

Lean or Six Sigma Thinking

Goal prides itself on the ability to consistently deliver superior results across different industries. This is due to the fundamental understanding of lean principles rather than lean tools.  The principles of lean thinking were developed in the Toyota Motor Corporation and Goal members have been able to adapt these principles to a number of industries,...

Engineering

The Goal Group offers professional services in structural, civil and mechanical engineering and is able to undertake any sized project from concept design to construction and project management. A broad base of skills, highly qualified engineers and experienced drafting personnel allow flexibility in the approach to design and ensures that the needs of individual clients...

Coaching and Mentoring

Our coaching philosophy is simple, if you can engage your natural strengths to achieve your goals and ambitions, either at work or at home, you will be happier in what you do. Being happy will enhance your ability and increase your capacity to achieve. Our coaching programs help you develop the tools you need to...

Change Management

A great solution and a well managed project are not enough to ensure the success of a project.  It is a common misconception that 'A great solution + effective management = project success'.  However the missing piece of this equation is Change Management. Managing the human side of change is key to meeting objectives. Why change...

Assurance and Risk Management

The management of risk and implementation of robust corporate governance has become an increasingly important aspect of global business.  While many companies are required by law, regulations or stakeholders to apply these processes and procedures, even more elect to do so as part of a successful business strategy.  Our aim is to leverage expertise and...

Goal selected to provide ITAR/EAR Training

  Defence Export Controls is conducting an outreach program to cover the requirements exporters must meet when exporting goods and technology that are controlled, have a potential military end use or could be used in a weapon of mass destruction program. This is a 2 day program and Goal Professional Services have been selected to…

AIDN and AI Group sign MoUs with AIAD

  The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) and Australian Industry Group (AI Group) have both signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security AIAD. In the presence of Italian Minister of Defense, Sen. Roberta Pinotti, Italian Ambassador in Australia H.E. Pier Francesco Zazo and the Italian Navy Chief…

e-Learning Pros and Cons

e-Learning advantages and disadvantages are important to consider when organisations and individuals are making learning decisions. Many organisations provide different forms of training and instruction to their employees. Typically they provide training by sending people to external courses, holding in-house training classes, or providing manuals and self-study guides. In some situations it is advantageous for them to…

Disposal Capability

Demonstrating the power of teaming, Goal has gathered key industry players together to cater for the many large-scale disposal activities that arise when significant fleet of assets have reached the end of their economic life. The Goal Group Disposals team offers disposal capabilities for large and small assets fleets and includes the top disposal experts…

P3O® Frequently Asked Questions

What is P3O? Portfolio Programme and Project Offices (P3O) is the latest guidance from AXELOS Limited, part of its Best Management Practice suite. A P3O model provides a decision enabling/delivery support structure for all change initiatives within an organisation. This may be provided through a single permanent office which may exist under several different names e.g., Portfolio…

MSP® Frequently Asked Questions

What is MSP? Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is definitive guidance in managing inter-related projects as a coordinated programme of business change in order to manage risks and realise benefits more effectively. MSP is widely adopted in the public and private sectors, and developed by a consortium of over 100 organisations including from within services industries….

MoV® Frequently Asked Questions

What is MoV? Management of Value (MoV) is a collection of good practice in value management.  Value management as a discipline has been in existence for over 60 years.  It’s origins were in manufacturing during the Second World War, when industry had to find ways to produce more with fewer resources.  Value management covers the…

Fast Facts – Project Management

  Is project management important? The world as a whole spends (2010) nearly USD10 trillion of its USD40.7 trillion gross product on projects of all kinds More than sixteen million people regard project management as their profession Anecdotal evidence suggests that at least three times as many people use project management disciplines in their regular…

Course Selection Advice

AXELOS Limited develops and maintains a broad range of personal and organisational competency enhancing methods such as PRINCE2 and MSP, which it collectively calls Best Management Practice.  The APM Group (APMG) manage an accreditation framework for these methods on behalf of AXELOS Limited. The number of providers of courses in these methods in Australia has risen in…

Disposal Capability

Demonstrating the power of teaming, Goal has gathered key industry players together to cater for the many large-scale disposal activities that arise when significant fleet of assets have reached the end of their economic life. The Goal Group Disposals team offers disposal capabilities for large and small assets fleets and includes the top disposal experts…