Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced a range of changes to CDIC grant programs to provide greater support for Australia’s defence industry.

The changes are part of a $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support thousands of jobs across the country. This includes the announcement of an additional $24 million in funding for defence industry grants over the next 2 financial years.

Key changes include increases in minimum and maximum grant funding and lowering of the co-contribution requirement for industry. The changes will make it easier for Australian small to medium businesses to access funding support.

‘This builds on our announcement earlier this month that we are investing an extra $24 million in defence industry grants programs as part of our commitment to build a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry .’


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

Changes to the grant programs are outlined below.

If you commenced a draft application before 12 November 2020, you will need to re-submit using the new application form. You can access your draft application until 10 December 2020 for the purposes of copying data to a new application. Following 10 December 2020, your previous draft application will not be accessible on the system.

Changes to Capability Improvement Grants


The following key changes have been made to Capability Improvement Grants:

  • The timeframe to apply for a grant following a CDIC advisory or facilitation service has increased from 6 months to 12 months.
  • Minimum grant funding available has increased from $2,500 to $4,000.
  • Maximum grant funding available has increased from $150,000 to $240,000.
  • Industry co-contribution has reduced from 50% of eligible project value to 20% of eligible project value.

For more information about the changes to the Capability Improvement Grant, eligibility criteria and how to apply visit Capability Improvement Grant.

Changes to Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants


The following key changes have been made to Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants:

  • Minimum grant funding available has increased from $50,000 to $70,000.
  • Maximum grant funding available has increased from $1 million to $1.4 million.
  • Industry co-contribution has reduced from 50% of eligible project value to 30% of eligible project value.
  • Design, engineering and commissioning activities and workforce training and accreditation must clearly relate to the core project activities.

For more information about the changes to the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant, eligibility criteria and how to apply visit Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant.

Changes to Defence Global Competitiveness Grants


The following key changes have been made to Defence Global Competitiveness Grants:

  • Minimum grant funding available has increased from $15,000 to $24,000.
  • Maximum grant funding available has increased from $150,000 to $240,000.
  • Industry co-contribution has reduced from 50% of eligible project value to 20% of eligible project value.

For more information about the changes to the Defence Global Competitiveness Grant, eligibility criteria and how to apply visit Defence Global Competitiveness Grant.

Can I get more help to understand the changes?


If you’d like help to understand what these changes mean for your business, visit the Advisory and facilitation services page to find out how we can help and to apply for services.

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