26 Aug 2020
Minister for Defence Industry


The Morrison Government has bolstered its commitment to growing the skills of Australia’s defence industry by significantly increasing funding to its Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) grants program.

Companies will be able to apply for skills grants from a funding pool that has been expanded from $4 million per year to $17 million per year, to the end of 2021-22. 

This will support a skilled workforce in the defence industry sector as part of the federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Minister for Defence Industry


Melissa Price said the additional investment would help Australian defence industry retain and expand relevant workforce skills to support Defence’s most critical capabilities.

“This will provide more funding for skilling and training opportunities, supporting small to medium sized enterprises across a range of trade, technical or professional skillsets,” Minister Price said.

“The boost to SADI funding will give smaller businesses the confidence to continue developing the skills of their employees during these uncertain times.

“The funding will also help industry associations facilitate skills training for smaller defence industry businesses.

“Our support for skills training is part of our plan to develop the workforce needed to deliver on our ambitious $270 billion investment in Defence capability.”

Minister Price said she was pleased to support local businesses to help them boost skills needed for new jobs in the sector.

“Our Defence investments will deliver a generation of jobs in an exciting new world of advanced manufacturing and innovation,” Minister Price said.

“Australia’s defence industry had world-leading capabilities and we want to help them to broaden and deepen their skills base to meet Defence’s needs.”

There will be a further announcement on the SADI grants program soon when applications are opened to industry.



The Defence Industrial Capability Plan introduced ten initial Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (the Priorities), and noted Defence would develop Implementation Plans for each Priority. These Implementation Plans outline critical industrial capabilities for each Priority, describe the existing Australian defence industry sector and outline the actions to be taken by Government to support the development of each Priority.

Alongside these Implementation Plans, Defence is releasing Industry Plans to unpack the industrial capabilities that need to be delivered or supported by Australian industry, and encourage greater investment in those capabilities. The first of these Implementation and Industry Plans were released on 17 December 2019.
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ADA-Vic Featured in Manufacturers Monthly

Recently ADA-Vic was featured in a 'Manufacturers Monthly' piece authored by Connor Pearce. Connor's article explored Australia's efforts to build a sovereign Defence Industrial Capability.

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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.

At the ADA-Vic Christmas Party last year, CEO Sean Farrell presented the scope and purpose of ADA-Vic.

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