Centre for Defence Industry Capability

Tell me about the assistance

The CDIC will deliver services to defence businesses to help with industry development, facilitating innovation, and business competitiveness and exports.

  • Status: Open (not accepting applications)
  • Applications open: Yet to be determined
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is a key initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement. It is the cornerstone of the Government’s strategy for resetting the Defence-industry partnership. It will build on the success of the existing Defence Industry Innovation Centre.

The CDIC will:

  • provide strategic Defence and industry leadership for the defence sector and
  • help build the industry’s capability and capacity to support the Australian Defence Force.

The CDIC is a 10 year initiative worth around $230 million. The CDIC will be a close collaboration between private industry, Defence and AusIndustry, designed to best meet the needs of both industry and Defence.

The CDIC is one of several initiatives that support the defence industry.

What support or funding is available?

The CDIC will commence operations in the second half of 2016. The CDIC will focus on delivery of services to defence businesses within three core streams of activity:

  • industry development
  • innovation
  • business competitiveness and exports.

The CDIC will provide a coordinated, transparent, focused interface between the Australian Defence Force and the Australian defence industry. It will help to consolidate existing defence advisory and facilitation services delivered along with the broader support to industry provided by AusIndustry.

We will publish details regarding available services and grants here when they become available.

Until the CDIC starts offering services, small and medium defence businesses can get advisory services from the Defence Industry Innovation Centre. Call them on (03) 9268 7981 or email defenceindustrycentre@industry.gov.au

Who can apply?

Australian businesses in the defence industry.

How do I apply?

The CDIC will open for applications later in 2016.

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