Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) - Closed

At a glance


The Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) program finished at the end of FY15/16. Similar assistance is available through the advisory services and capability improvement grants offered by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).


The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program was established in 2005 by the Australian Government to grow the skills base of the Australian defence industry. It aimed to create pathways into the sector and address the skills capability gap that exists within the defence industry.

The 2015/16 round of applications closed on 25 August 2015.

Over the life of the SADI assistance package it has provided funding to approximately 200 defence suppliers.

For information on the grants awarded go to SADI - round information.

The future model of industry skilling is in development to ensure appropriate support of the Government’s initiatives as outlined in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement. The right levels of funding and skills in Australia's defence industry are essential for the efficient delivery and sustainment of increasingly complex Defence capability.

Companies are encouraged to access eligible funding through the Capability Improvement Grants offered by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

The CDIC is a key initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.

The CDIC was launched 5 December 2016 and is designed to help transform the Defence and industry relationship, and to fund new industry development, critical skilling and export programs, as well as facilitate access to Defence's new innovation programs for small to medium enterprises.

Further details on the services and funding provided by the CDIC are available through the CDIC.

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