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The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) supports Australian businesses entering or working in the defence industry

The CDIC offers a range of advice, grants and expertise to support Australian businesses develop their industrial capabilities and ability to work with the defence sector

The CDIC also works in partnership with the Australian Defence Export Office to assist defence businesses thinking about exporting, looking to expand their export markets or seeking access to global supply chains

The CDIC’s national network of Defence Industry Facilitators and Defence Business Advisers can help your business navigate, prepare for, innovate and succeed in the defence market.


Current Grants that are available for defence industry

Capability Improvement Grant

A grant of $4,000 to $240,000 to reimburse you for up to 80% of the cost of engaging a consultant or expert to implement recommended business capability improvements as part of an advisory or facilitation service. Read more …


Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grant

A grant between $5,000 and $500,000 for sme’s or defence industry associations to undertake various defence skills training activities. Read more …


Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants

A grant of $70,000 to $1.4 million for up to 70% of the cost of a project that builds capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. Read more …


Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

A grant of $24,000 to $240,000 for up to 80% of the cost of investing in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. Read more …


Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grants

Grants from $50,000 up to $250,000 for phase 1 and 2 for Australian companies provided an assignment by the United States Government for maintenance and repair activities for existing components used in the Joint Strike Fighter Program. Phase 3 and 4 funding will be determined by the Department of Defence in accordance with the amount outlined in your supporting business case. . Read more …


New Air Combat Capability – Industry Support Program

Funding for Australian businesses and research organisations to help them win work in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. There are three grant categories, ranging from a maximum of $250,000 over no more than 18 months, to a maximum of $1 million over no more that 36 months. Read more …


US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI)

A grant of up to $3 million for an approved Australian Institution to fully fund a research project on a designated topic in partnership with US-based institutions. Read more …



Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success.

We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications since 2013 and achieved approximately $10 million in awarded government grants for numerous projects.

Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation eligibility assessment discussion


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