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The Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway has been updated to include a taxonomy for the defence industry. The update comes in time for businesses to express interest in the SEA 5000 Hunter Class Frigate work packages leading up to production in Osborne, South Australia.

The ICN Gateway is used to link suppliers to the buyer by issuing work packages. If your business is defence-ready and can supply to the Future Frigates project, you can register your capability or update your existing company profile on the ICN Gateway.

ASC Shipbuilding, the prime contractor for the $35 billion Future Frigates program, will need an extensive Australian defence industry supply chain, creating unprecedented local and global opportunities for Australian businesses.

The new taxonomy introduces a breakdown of defence industry capabilities, making it easier for businesses to articulate their capabilities and receive more relevant work packages. The taxonomy is designed to enhance industry participation by enabling the buyer to have a larger and better selection pool of Australian suppliers to award contracts.

“This is a great opportunity for Australian companies wanting to expand into the defence sector”, ICN Limited Executive Director Derek Lark said.

The update to the taxonomy was designed by a panel of experts from the Department of Defence, Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Centre for Defence Industry Capability, Defence South Australia, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), BAE Systems, Naval Group and ICN South Australia.

To register for major defence projects on the ICN Gateway your business needs to meet certain requirements, such as having a history of strong supply performance and an appropriate quality assurance program. If you haven’t supplied to defence projects before, find out about Preparing to work in the defence industry.

If your business is already registered on the ICN Gateway you should review and update your company profile by selecting capabilities in the updated defence taxonomy.