Services to Defence projects

The CDIC can help staff members within the Department of Defence (such as CASG, VCDF, CIOG and capability managers) to engage with industry or manage projects with an industry element, and provide information on Australian defence industry.

Understanding the capacity and capability of Australian industry

The CDIC works with defence companies of all sizes on a daily basis, including the defence primes through the Global Supply Chain program. This means staff have a strong understanding of Australia’s defence industry capabilities.

The CDIC is also forming partnerships with major Defence projects, such as continuous naval shipbuilding, to support Defence’s engagement with Australian industry.

The CDIC can help Defence to:

  • understand the capabilities of Australian companies and the health of their supply chains
  • understand the potential impacts of major acquisitions and other considerations around industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability (FIC)
  • ensure fulfilment of Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Program obligations by working with potential bidders to understand the Australian defence industrial base and engage with industry
  • identify skilling and commercial needs within industry at a project or portfolio level
  • identify capability gaps and opportunities for the primes and Defence to work with Australian industry.

Industry engagement

The CDIC can assist Defence industry engagement by:

  • presenting at or coordinating activities involving defence industry (such as environmental information working groups) and other industry engagement forums associated with acquisition and sustainment activities
  • organising industry engagement sessions to promote and maximise opportunities for Australian industry in the supply chains of the defence primes
  • providing a single point of contact for industry to understand project requirements and business opportunities
  • helping potential bidders to understand the AIC Program and to engage in a way that allows the project officers to remain at arm’s length
  • providing staff with advice on defence industry engagement (to advance international engagement objectives) and assistance with arranging industry visits and bilateral engagements
  • providing staff with information on export opportunities and arranging forums and information sessions on Defence Export Controls.

Strategic initiatives

Over time, the CDIC will become the gateway for the whole of industry to meet Defence’s capability needs, consolidating the multiple avenues into Defence procurements.

The CDIC is currently establishing partnerships with major Defence acquisition projects to become a single point of contact for industry to understand project requirements and business opportunities.

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