NIOA is a family-owned global munitions company.

Our operations include NIOA Australia, NIOA New Zealand, the Australian Missile Corporation, Barrett Firearms (USA) and Joint Venture company Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions.

Since our early beginnings in regional Queensland, Australia in 1973, we have always been driven by loyalty, trust, serving people and exceeding their expectations. That means delivering world-leading products and technologies for the benefit of our customers wherever they are around the globe. NIOA is the largest privately-owned supplier of munitions to the Australian and New Zealand defence, law enforcement and commercial markets.

US-based Barrett Firearms, the most recent addition to our group, is the world leader in long-range, large-calibre precision rifle manufacturing, supplying the United States military and more than 75 US Department of State approved countries around the world, as well as law enforcement agencies and sport shooters.

We are a major tenant at the Australian government owned, company operated munitions facility at Benalla in Victoria, and a joint venture partner in the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions artillery shell forging plant at Maryborough in Queensland.

The Maryborough factory and the Benalla munitions plant will see NIOA play a key role in delivering munitions for the Australian Defence Force and allied nations.

The Australian Missile Corporation has been selected as an enterprise partner to assist the Australian Government to establish a sovereign guided weapons manufacturing industry.

As a family-owned group, we are unique in the crowded sector of traditional defence companies.

But it’s our outstanding people who make NIOA truly unique. Our people are motivated industry experts and agile thinkers, dedicated to delivering excellence. They are our greatest capability – and always will be.

We’re one team, working together for our families, our communities, our countries and our futures.


Under the leadership of CEO Robert Nioa, the NIOA Group has assembled a distinguished board of highly experienced strategic advisers with broad sector leadership across government, defence, research and development, logistics command, supply management and international policy.

The NIOA Group Advisory Board is chaired by former Australian Defence Minister the Hon. Christopher Pyne and includes former US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Hon. Ellen Lord, former Australian Government MP, Senator for Victoria and past Parliamentary Secretary of Defence, the Hon. David Feeney, former Australian Army soldier Mark Donaldson VC, Dr Ken Anderson, former Chief of the Aerospace Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and Dan Olson, former Vice President and General Manager of Northrop Grumman’s Weapon Systems Division.

The board’s mission is to assist the NIOA Group executive team, advising on industry trends, providing insights and thought leadership, as well as identifying strategic opportunities to support the broader company objectives.

The NIOA Group board is dedicated to ensuring the organisation’s objectives and behaviours are consistent with its Vision, Purpose and Values.

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Mr Robert Nioa - Group CEO

Christopher Pyne Profile

Hon. Christopher Pyne - Chairman
Former Australian Defence Minister

Mark Profile

Mr Mark Donaldson VC
Australian soldier and Victoria Cross recipient

David Profile

Hon. David Feeney
Former Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

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Dr. Ken Anderson
Former Chief of the Aerospace Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG)

Ellen Profile

Hon. Ellen Lord
Former US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Dan Profile

Mr Dan Olson
Former VP and GM Northrop Grumman Weapon Systems

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