Strategic partnerships and collaboration

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Resetting the relationship between Australian industry and Defence

The Defence Industry Policy Statement sets out the roadmap for achieving a fundamentally different kind of relationship between Defence, Australian industry and the states and territories. Partnering and collaboration is a key aspect to how the CDIC will achieve:

  • development of Australian industry to competitively meet Defence capability needs
  • maximised opportunities for Australian industry involvement in Defence projects
  • strategic planning and development of Australia’s industrial defence base
  • normalising Australian industry as a fundamental input to defence capability.

The CDIC Advisory Board represents this commitment to working closely with industry to provide strategic leadership to the sector.

Supporting major Defence projects

The CDIC is forming partnerships with major Defence projects to standardise the way in which Defence engages with Australian industry. The CDIC is:

  • working with Defence and prime contractors to identify project requirements for industry capabilities, including accreditation and skilling requirements
  • advising major projects on the level of industry capability, identifying capability gaps and opportunities to work with Australian industry
  • being a single point of contact for industry to understand project requirements and business opportunities
  • organising industry engagement sessions to promote and maximise opportunities for Australian industry.

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Collaborating with state and territory governments

The CDIC and Defence continue to work with state and territory governments to:

  • involve them in industrial development activities and support for new and established defence companies
  • involve them in trade shows, related industry events and communication strategies
  • better connect businesses with opportunities in other sectors, markets and international opportunities
  • exchange information with state and territory defence industry development agencies on current and emerging industrial capabilities to aid in the development and delivery of support initiatives.

Industry groups and associations

The CDIC and Defence continue to work with national and regional industry bodies to:

  • obtain industry feedback on defence industry development initiatives
  • ensure information on opportunities, upcoming projects and relevant policy is disseminated throughout industry
  • participate in events and programs led by industry bodies that complement the CDIC’s objectives and activities.

For example, the CDIC works with:

  • the Australian Industry Group Defence Council advocates for small and large business in the Australian defence industry, as well as providing a range of support activities
  • the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN), which focuses on small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and works with Defence to influence policy and maximise SME involvement in Defence procurement.

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International engagement

The CDIC and Defence are working with our international partners to strengthen international collaboration and opportunities for Australian industry. The CDIC can help facilitate access to international defence markets through the Global Supply Chain Program and international tradeshows.

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