Welcome to the Henderson Alliance

The Henderson Alliance was established in 2017 to develop and promote the capabilities of SMEs in Western Australia primarily in the acquisition and sustainment phases of Australia's new shipbuilding programs - but also in other defence and related industries.

Henderson Alliance


  • to provide a voice to industry and government for Western Australian SMEs working or wanting to work in defence
  • to provide a platform for SMEs to form partnerships to allow participation in larger scale projects
  • to create a forum for networking, mutual support and innovation

We have focused to date not just on information-sharing, SME capability improvements and creating opportunities for our members to establish key linkages with the Primes - but also interstate partnering, innovation and R&D activities.

We don't see ourselves as a standard industry organisation - we are run by volunteers and are therefore focused directly on achieving tangible outcomes with as little bureaucracy as possible. We always take a very positive and collaborative approach - and our Management Board includes representation from outside the industry to ensure we bring in fresh ideas and professional focus.

Our current priorities include working with government and other parties to create an improved industry structure in WA, one which ensures a clear focus and shared outcomes. It's fair to say that the cut of the fabric in the past was less than optimal but there are now very positive signs of a new tailoring at play.

We will also continue to actively promote the defence industry capabilities of WA and its talented SME sector - for instance we see great potential for WA to provide components and support services to the frigate and submarine construction projects in Osborne - and have already created interstate networks and partnerships to facilitate this.

But we also see an exciting new edge coming forward where we are looking at creating fresh new synergies utilising the best innovations from other industries and then working with R&D agencies to develop new products and initiatives.

Businesses interested in joining or seeking further information should contact our membership co-ordinator on membership@hendersonalliance.org.au

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