Thursday, 19 November 2020 03:19

CDIC Grants Re-Open

Last month, Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced a range of changes to CDIC grant programs to provide greater support for Australia’s defence industry.

These grant programs have been closed for 2 weeks to implement the changes, and are reopening today. Key changes include increases in minimum and maximum grant funding and lowering of the co-contribution requirement for industry.

If you have a draft application open for any of the following grant programs, you will need to restart your application under the new guidelines:

  • Capability Improvement Grant
  • Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant
  • Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

You can access your draft application until 10 December 2020 for the purposes of copying data to a new application


For more information please see the CDIC defence industry grants page HERE

Space Infrastructure Fund – Space Payload Qualification Facilities grant now open

We’re investing in our space sector by addressing gaps in Australia’s space infrastructure. Today a new Payload Qualification Facilities grant opens, to expand and improve existing facilities for testing space objects in Australia.

One of the seven projects under the $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund to deliver an internationally recognised space payload testing and qualification facility. The $2.5 million grant opportunity will enable Australian business and researchers to test their space objects, like satellites on our soil. 

An audit of existing payload qualification and testing facilities in Australia found a range of level one capability. This capability includes mandatory testing requirements for launch such as mechanical vibration, and vacuum bake out.

The audit identified gaps or limited availability in level two and level three capabilities. These higher level capabilities provide greater mission assurance, such as thermal vacuum, altitude control and ionising radiation.

The grant opportunity will focus on level two and/or three capabilities. 

The $2.5 million Space Payload Qualification Facilities grant opportunity closes on 23 December 2020.


More information on the overall Space Funding Opportunities HERE

Apply HERE




ASC is Australia’s leading sovereign capability on submarine platforms, including the management of local and international supply chains.

ASC built and now sustains the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of six Collins Class Submarines and is an integral part of Australia’s maritime defence strategy and national security framework.

ASC employs more than 1000 employees across its sites.

ASC’s capability in specialised submarine construction and maintenance is located at two key sites in Osborne, South Australia and Henderson, Western Australia. 

ASC’s submarine platform capability is aligned with that of the Royal Australian Navy. ASC undertakes the platform integration of the major systems and identifies and implements design improvements through a combination of in-country engineering know-how, advanced manufacturing and an extensive local and global supply chain.   

As a leader in the defence industry, ASC prides itself on the quality of services and products, its proven innovation, integrity and delivery.

ASC is seeking suppliers, including Small to Medium Enterprises, to work to continue to deliver world benchmark capability. ASC is committed to a sovereign supply chain capability and to partnering with Overseas Equipment Manufacturers to achieve this.

Suppliers interested in participating in programs at ASC are requested to respond to the ASC Expressions of Interest on the ICN portal. As ASC seeks to engage with industry on specific work requirements, suppliers with compatible capabilities will be contacted.

Australian businesses interested in supporting ASC to deliver and sustain sovereign capability on submarine platforms are invited to register their interest with the link HERE.


BAE Systems Australia is encouraging Australian businesses who believe they can add value to the BAE 

supply chain to join their Global Access Program.

In response to the Australian Government’s Global Supply Chain initiative, BAE Systems Australia established the Global Access Program (GAP) in 2012. Through their team embedded across their international business units, GAP creates export opportunities for Australian companies within the supply chain of BAE Systems group and partner organisations.

The GAP team engages with program managers and procurement professionals across BAE Systems’ global supply chain to find opportunities for Australian suppliers to support a diverse range of products and services in the:

  • air
  • land
  • sea
  • electronic domains


To register your interest in being a part of the Global Access Program, register HERE.

To learn more about the Global Access Program, visit their website HERE.

To learn more about the Global Supply Chain Program visit the website HERE.

Monday, 16 December 2019 01:06

Access to Tenders

With over $500billion being invested in Defence over the next decade now is the time to act!

The Commonwealth Government is building a sovereign defence capability in Australia, defence-related opportunities for SMEs have never been more important.

To gain entry into Defence supply chain for any Defence project, SMEs must demonstrate that they have a track record of delivery, be at the top of their industry and be innovate at this time.

For this reason, it is essential that SMEs take every opportunity to build up a portfolio of public works.

All of our members have access to the tenders page on our website; where they can find a diverse range of tender opportunities from the Commonwealth government.

While not all of these tenders are defence-related, all of them will provide you with opportunities to develop a strong and relevant portfolio.