Defence Global Competitiveness Grant


Grants to help Australian businesses invest in projects that build their defence export capability.
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What do you get?

A grant of $15,000 to $150,000 for up to half the cost of investing in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. The maximum grant period is eighteen months.

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized businesses with an Australian Business Number (ABN). The business must be:

  • a company incorporated in Australia, or
  • and incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

How it works


You need to match the grant amount dollar for dollar.

Project activities can include:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security
  • design, engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations

The Defence export strategy defines Australian defence exports as ‘any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-user’.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your business must:

  • have fewer than 200 employees
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a company incorporated in Australia or be an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Also, you must:

  • provide evidence from your Board (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • provide an external accountant declaration form that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs.

Who is excluded?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a trust (but an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a government body at any level (including government business enterprise)

Applying


Before you apply

Read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement. The guidelines provide detailed information on the:

  • grant opportunity, including grant objectives
  • eligibility and merit criteria
  • assessment processes
  • reporting and acquittal requirements
  • review mechanisms

How to apply

Complete and submit your grant application through the online portal. If you’re using the portal for the first time you will need to set up an account.

Apply for a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

Make sure you:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • have evidence that your Board or Chief Executive Officer supports the project and the business can complete it
  • have an external accountant declaration confirming that your business can fund its share of the costs

Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia
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Key documents


Grant Opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement simple

External Accountant Declaration form