DISP members are now able to access security information more easily, as well as guidance and services to help enable them to become "Defence ready", establishing the security practices needed for tendering opportunities involving classified information and assets.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Australian businesses. DISP membership is an essential stepping-stone for Australian businesses to become competitive when bidding for work with Defence and our international partners,” Minister Reynolds said.
“DISP membership also provides the tools they’ll need to protect Australia’s sensitive and classified information as well as their own intellectual property.”
Jason Brown, national security director, Thales Australia and New Zealand, said, "These much-anticipated reforms will promote greater partnerships between Defence and industry by allowing entities to join the program without a Defence contract."
The new DISP will be available from 9 April 2019, with Australian companies encouraged to register their interest in joining the program.
More information on DISP can be found here.