Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI)

Tell me about the assistance

If you’re running a company that is a supplier to Defence, this program can support the training or skilling activities in trade, technical and professional skills sets within your workforce. The 2015/16 application round closed on 25 August 2015.

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


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

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 support is currently being reviewed in light of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement being released. 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 Industry Skills Fund while the future delivery model of skilling support is developed through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

The CDIC is a key initiative of the Defence Industry Policy Statement. The CDIC will be launched in the second half of 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 to be provided by the CDIC will be published as they become available. To register your interest and receive updates on the CDIC please register:

Register for CDIC updates

A copy of the Defence Industry Policy Statement is available.

Further information on the Industry Skills Fund.

What support or funding is available?

In 2015/16 SADI will provide funding of up to $5.639 million to the defence industry. The SADI Programme helps provide the Australian Defence Force with the capabilities it needs to defend Australia and its national interests.

Key documents

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