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De Stefano & Co regularly sponsor and support defence industry events, including collaborating with industry associations to present on topics of interest to their members. If you would like to speak with us about supporting an event, please call our team on 1300 438 347 or email

Free webinars: Demystifying the DISP 

De Stefano & Co are teaming up with the Henderson Alliance to offer two free webinars that will look to demystify the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP).


While the program appears simple in concept, there is more than meets the eye once the journey to DISP membership begins. In the end, many applicants end up in a tailspin of questions and delays.


Brian McAvoy, Head of Protective Security Services at De Stefano & Co will provide attendees with an overview of the DISP program, the reasons why businesses should consider it, and the common places where applicants get side-tracked along the way.


The webinar will be held on the following dates (repeated to allow participants to choose their preferred session time):

  • Tuesday 24 May at 5:30pm (ACST)

  • Wednesday 25 May at 10:30am (ACST)

For more information or to register, visit the Events page of the Henderson Alliance website here.

De Stefano & Co are proud to be partnering with the Henderson Alliance to offer these free webinars.

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In-person workshop: Defence Industry Security Program (DISP)

De Stefano & Co are proud to be supporting the local business community in Rockingham WA as the City of Rockingham rolls out a series of workshops to assist businesses to become Defence ready.


The Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) workshop will be an in-person event held on Thursday 9 June and presented by our Head of Protective Security Services, Brian McAvoy. The workshop aims to demystify DISP and will cover the following topics:

  • Governance, Personnel Security and Physical Security requirements;

  • ICT/Cyber security requirements, including a review of the Essential 8;

  • Process before formal DISP application;

  • The DISP application process;

  • Process after formal DISP application;

  • How to fulfill your obligations as a DISP member;

  • Common mistakes and challenges along the way;

  • How to access security information and grants; and

  • External agencies that work alongside Defence.


The workshop will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre: 19 Kent Street, Rockingham WA.


For more information about the workshops, or to register your place, visit the Business Foundations website here

Indo Pacific 2022: DISP presentations at the Vault stand 

Held on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th May 2022 at the International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney


De Stefano & Co were invited to present on the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) at the Vault stand at the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney. Our team talked about why businesses should consider becoming a DISP member, how to go about attaining membership, and options for establishing secure, cloud-based environments.

De Stefano & Co are proud to have partnered with Vault to offer these presentations to attendees of Indo Pacific 2022.

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Defence security and DISP – are you ready?

Held on Thursday 24 March 2022 at Allan Scott Auditorium (UniSA City West campus) and online

Live-streamed across the country and the globe, this event brought together representatives from Defence Primes, the Defence Industry Security Office (DISO), cyber specialists and more, and was well attended by a broad range of organisations.


Attendees gained new insights and understanding of the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP), as well as relevant Defence security requirements and how to best prepare their businesses to work with Defence and Primes.


Our impressive group of speakers/panellists included:

  • Jason Brown - Principal Adviser, Security and Risk, Board of Thales Australia, and New Zealand

  • Margot Forster - Fellow, Providence Consulting

  • Matt Inglis - Owner, IPau Technologies

  • Margaret Law - Chief Technology Officer, Naval Group Pacific

  • Brian McAvoy - Head of Protective Security Services, De Stefano & Co

  • Matt Opie - Director, Defence & Space, University of South Australia

  • Brendan Pratt - Defence Industry Security Office (DISO)

  • Brett Sander - Cyber Security Manager, BAE Systems Maritime Australia

  • Jason Savage - Executive Director, Defence Industry Security Office (DISO)

  • Michael Slattery - President, Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) SA

De Stefano & Co partnered with the French Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI) to offer this hybrid event.

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Webinar: Are you ready for DISP?

This webinar was repeated over three dates: 25 February, 9 March and 22 March 2022.

De Stefano & Co's Head of Protective Security Services, Brian McAvoy, presented three webinars that focused on demystifying the pathway to DISP membership.


Using his real-world experience of working with dozens of businesses that are seeking to attain DISP membership, Brian provided attendees with an overview of the program, the reasons why businesses should consider it, and sharing the common places where applicants get side-tracked along the way.

De Stefano & Co partnered with the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) to offer these free webinars exclusively to AIDN members and friends of De Stefano & Co.

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De Stefano & Co's 5th Anniversary Celebration

This event was held on Friday 12 March 2021 at the Naval, Military & Air Force Club of South Australia.

After having to postpone this celebration due to the Covid situation in South Australia at the end of 2020, we were thrilled to be able to hold the event in March 2021.


Friends, family, long-term clients and supporters gathered to help Emilio and his team celebrate a fantastic milestone as De Stefano & Co turned 5.

We are extremely grateful to the individuals and organisations who have supported De Stefano & Co along the way, and we can't wait to see what comes next....