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Driven and talented young people are the key to the future of the Defence industry. In order to recognise individuals who may be future industry leaders, AIDN has created the AIDN Young Achiever Award

Nominations for the 2020 AIDN QLD YAA is now open.

The AIDN Young Achiever Award (YAA) was created to recognise the important contribution made by young people in Australia's defence industry. The award is held at the AIDN Chapter level and the winner will compete for the national award.

AIDN invites you to demonstrate your achievements as a young professional by entering these awards in 2020.


The Award is open to all members of Defence industry under the age of 30 (entrants must be under 30 years of age on 1 January 2020). You do not have to be a member of AIDN to enter but you must be nominated by a current financial member of AIDN in your referees.


Winning the AIDN Young Achiever Award recognises your efforts, and demonstrates your achievements and your potential to your colleagues, clients and future employers.


Click on the entry form here. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on the 16th of October 2020 to info@aidnqld.com.au 

AIDN QLD Young Achiever Award 2019

Congratulations to all our finalists for the AIDN QLD Young Achiever Award


Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert - Boeing Defence Australia

Harry Veivers - University of Queensland

Marguerite Taylor - TAE Aerospace

Sanchito Banerjee - Nova Systems


Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert from Boeing Defence Australia

Image: Alexander Bowen-Rosaert, AIDN QLD Young Achiever Winner 2019

Boeing Young Achiever doubles-up on award win

Boeing employee Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert’s accomplished career and drive for the future has seen him take out top honours in the Australian Industry and Defence Network  Queensland Young Achiever Awards … again.

Boeing Defence Australia employee, Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert has been awarded the Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN) Queensland Young Achiever Award for 2019 for the second year running.

Bowen-Rotsaert, the first person in the Awards’ 25-year history to have achieved back-to-back wins, was chosen for his career accomplishments to date and drive and vision to be a future leader in the defence industry.

“It is an honour to take out this award for another year,” said Bowen-Rotsaert. “As last year’s winner, I held a place on the AIDN Queensland Committee where I gained invaluable exposure to defence industry and capability outside of Boeing and made many industry contacts.

“Taking out the award again provides a rare opportunity for me to build on these achievements and grow my contribution even further in the coming year.”

AIDN works to assist small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to build opportunities with Defence and Defence prime contractors such as Boeing Defence Australia (BDA).

“Building sovereign capability and increasing Australian Industry Capability is core to the Commonwealth’s defence agenda and vital to BDA’s ability to innovate and deliver on future contracts,” said director supply chain management, Nick Gothard.

“Representation on the AIDN Queensland Committee provides a unique opportunity for BDA to proactively contribute to this agenda and engage with SMEs and other prime contractors to identify opportunities that benefit all parties.”

Bowen-Rotsaert currently works as a Systems Engineer on Project Currawong, developing and testing network communications equipment with end-users around Australia.

As Queensland Young Achievement Award winner, he will be in the running for the national title, the winner of which will join leaders from defence, government and industry on the highly sought-after Defence Industry Study Course for 2020.

The national winner will be announced in Canberra on 19 February at the AIDN National Gala Dinner.

AIDN QLD Young Achiever Award 2018

Congratulations to all our finalists for the AIDN QLD Young Achiever Award


Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert - Boeing Defence Australia

Jack Arnold - Shamrock Civil Engineering Pty Ltd

Karissa Lancaster – Nova Systems

Sam Dunning - KPMG

Stanley Sinclair – STEYR Motors


Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert from Boeing Defence Australia

Image:  AIDN QLD YAA winner - Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert

Boeing engineer recognised as future industry leader

Boeing Defence Australia Systems Engineer Alex Bowen-Rotsaert has been honoured by the Australian Industry & Defence Network Queensland (AIDN QLD), receiving the 2018 AIDN Queensland Young Achiever Award.

The award recognises the important contribution Alex has made to the defence industry, and acknowledges his talent and drive to be a future industry leader.

“It’s a privilege to be recognised amongst my under-30 peers in defence industry here in Queensland. Working on Project Currawong has been a phenomenal experience, from pre-contract prototype test and evaluation right through to formal acceptance testing and delivery,” said Bowen-Rotsaert.

AIDN QLD President Carl Quarterman said Alex was a stand out during the judging process, having achieved so much at this early stage of his career.

“Alex was chosen as the AIDN QLD YAA 2018 winner due to his extraordinary ability, talent and achievements. AIDN QLD has won the last 2 years of the AIDN National YAA Awards and with Alex as our 2018 winner, we hope to make this 3 years in a row!” said Carl.

“It is important to recognise talented, emerging leaders like Alex Bowen-Rotsaert, who will be key to the future of the defence industry,” said Carl.

The 2018 AIDN National Young Achiever Awards will be announced on the 13th of February 2019 at the AIDN National Annual Gala Dinner in Canberra. The winner will secure a place on the 2019 Defence Industry Study Course through the support of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and the Department of Defence.

“Winning the national award would provide an exceptional opportunity for me to learn more about the networking and communication needs of the Australian Defence Force,” said Bowen-Rotsaert. “I can then use that knowledge at Boeing as we continue to adapt, evolve and iterate our products.”


QLD Winner: Alexander Bowen-Rotsaert

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