Our business advisers can assist businesses navigate the defence marketplace and identify domestic opportunities to work with prime contractors or Defence.
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About domestic supply chains
Presently the Australian defence market is made up of a broad industry base dominated by global defence companies known as ‘prime’ contractors and their extensive supply chains.
There are opportunities for Australian businesses to supply a prime or one of their sub-contractors within the Australian market. There are many tiers in a domestic supply chain, creating a network of sub-contractors and their associated supply chains.
The potential for your company to enter a domestic supply chain may be impacted by a number of factors which can include:
- the nature of your capability
- value proposition
- global competitiveness
- preference for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components
- risk profile (history of supply, capacity to deliver).
CDIC provides business advice to help businesses understand Defence’s requirements and industrial priorities, and identify potential opportunities to enter a domestic supply chain. Find out more about how they can help.
You can find opportunities for your business through:
- attending events, such as prime contractor briefings to industry
- the Integrated Investment Program which outlines Defence’s $195 billion investment in new submarines, warships, armoured vehicles, combat aircraft and command and control systems
- the Industry Capability Network Gateway, industry associations and interest groups
- state and territory governments
- project briefings by Defence (released through AusTender)
- AusTender, Standing Offer Panels and the Defence Procurement Plan.
Over the coming months, the CDIC will evolve as a focal point for industry to understand project requirements and business opportunities.
Major Defence projects currently engaging with industry
The CDIC is forming partnerships with large-scale Defence projects to prepare and implement industry engagement strategies that recognise the Australian industry capabilities required for Defence. Examples of large-scale Defence projects working with CDIC include:
- SEA1000 – Future Submarine Program
- SEA5000 – Future Frigate Program
- SEA1180 – Offshore Patrol Vessel Program
- LAND400 – Land Combat Vehicle System Program
- JP2060 – ADF Deployable Health Capability
- JP9711 Phase 1 – Defence Core Simulation Capability Project.
Australian businesses can register their interest in the shipbuilding programs.
Defence Innovation Portal
Defence seeks innovation proposals aligned with the six capability streams identified in the Integrated Investment Program. More information about Defence’s approach to supporting innovation from Australian industry is in the Defence Innovation Portal.
Australian Industry Capability (AIC) program
SMEs can find opportunities to work with the prime contractors through the Australian Industry Capability (AIC) program. The AIC program is a mandatory requirement for Defence procurements when the:
- maximum anticipated value exceeds AU$20 million, and/or
- procurement impacts on a defence industry capability, regardless of value.
AusTender and standing offers
Defence procurements and standing offers are advertised on the AusTender website and sub-contracting opportunities may also be available with prime contractors.
Find further information about AusTender, Standing Offer Panels and the Defence Procurement Plan.