Global Supply Chain Program

The Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program involves working with multinational defence companies, or ‘primes’, to identify opportunities for Australian companies within their international supply chains. Since 2007, the participating global supply chain contractors have awarded close to $1 billion of work to predominantly small-to-medium sized enterprises in Australia.

The GSC Program is based on the commercial needs of the primes. For companies that have a capability - such as machining or engineering - or a technology of interest to the primes, the CDIC can help facilitate access to the primes’ global supply chains. Not all companies will have a capability, product or service of interest to the primes.

The CDIC is managing the GSC Program on behalf of Defence and the seven prime contractors involved in the program: BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rheinmetall and Thales.

The primes are funded to establish a GSC team within their company to:

  • identify opportunities across their business units and at all technology readiness levels, and to provide these opportunities to Australian companies
  • identify, assess and qualify capable Australian companies to be part of their global supply chain
  • provide mentoring, training and regular feedback, including why a company was successful or unsuccessful in its tender
  • organise meetings for the SMEs with key decision-makers within the prime and provide advocacy overseas, including at Team Defence Australia trade events
  • work with the other primes' GSC teams to grow Australian industry, share information to boost exports, and reduce the burden on the SME.
The CDIC can provide eligible Australian SMEs with defence export advice, export development and promotion, supply chain facilitation and business development. For details of the CDIC's services and eligibility criteria see Business advice and grants.

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