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Businesses wanting to be Defence-ready can now self-nominate to join the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) without the need for a Defence contract.

In addition, businesses no longer need separate memberships for each Defence contract, and can sponsor their own employees’ security clearances up to NV2.

The new DISP, launched on 9 April, strengthens Defence security practices in partnership with industry, providing better protection of sensitive and classified information and securing industrial intellectual property.

Existing DISP members have 24 months to re-apply for membership under the new DISP. As part of the application Defence will consolidate multiple memberships under a single entity membership.

Businesses are required to hold an appropriate level of DISP membership when:

  • working on sensitive or classified information or assets
  • storing or transporting Defence weapons or explosive ordnance
  • providing security services for Defence bases and facilities
  • there is a Defence business requirement

The new DISP offers four levels of industry membership to better align with governance, physical, personnel and cyber security classifications:

  • Entry level – Unclassified/DLM
  • Level 1 – Protected
  • Level 2 – Secret
  • Level 3 – Top Secret

The new DISP is a significant reform led by the Defence Security and Vetting Service in partnership with industry and Defence stakeholders.