Australia’s business, research and academic organisations produce some of the world’s most innovative and cutting-edge defence technologies.

There are over 3,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout Australia providing services such as software development, precision manufacturing and specialist engineering for the defence industry. Many of these businesses do not work directly with Defence, but as part of a supply chain assisting larger companies with Defence contracts.

The Government is investing $270 billion to in response to rapid changes in the global strategic environment. Australian businesses, large and small, will be essential to delivering these new capabilities. This means there will be more opportunities for SMEs to join the thousands already working in the defence industry.

Defence is making its requirements clearer so that Australian business, academic and research organisations can understand what Defence needs so they can invest in their own capabilities. The Naval Shipbuilding Plan, released in May 2017, sets out the vision for delivering the Australian shipbuilding industry required to support the continuous naval shipbuilding program.

Read the case studies below to find out how Marand, A.W.Bell and Heat Treatment Australia supply to the defence industry supply chains.

There is also an improved focus on defence industry and innovation programs to help Australian businesses become more competitive and to harness the best of Australian innovation. The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) has been established to help SMEs understand opportunities and provide assistance on improving business capabilities.