Domestic supply chains

Most of the new opportunities for Australian companies will be in the domestic supply chains of major defence contractors. The Australian Government is committing to maximising Australian industry involvement in meeting our defence capability goals.

The potential for your company to win opportunities in the supply chain will be affected by:

  • the nature of your capability
  • value proposition
  • global competitiveness
  • risk profile (history of supply, capacity to deliver, supply chains, quality management).

An F-35 Site Activation Task Force (SATAF) activity was held to prepare for F-35A air operations at RAAF Base Williamtown, on 4th September 2017.

The involvement of Australian industry in supply chains is encouraged through the Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Program. Under the AIC Program, prime contractors wishing to compete for Defence tenders over $20 million are required to identify Australian suppliers to meet the needs of Defence contracts.

The AIC Program aims to provide opportunities for Australian industry to build skills and capability, ensuring that local industry is available to continue supporting defence for the long-term.

Public AIC Plans describe future opportunities to become involved in Defence capability projects and sustainment activities. Public AIC Plans provide a specific point of contact in the prime contractor’s organisation to discuss business opportunities associated with that contract.

The CDIC is forming partnerships with large Defence projects to prepare and implement industry engagement strategies.

Many major defence contractors in Australia are seeking Australian suppliers. View their websites for more details:

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