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Centre for Defence Industry Capability

Preparing to work in the defence industry

To operate in the Defence industry you will need an ABN, and may need a history of supply performance, a quality assurance program and other accreditations.

Grants & assistance

Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions

  • Closed

Provides up to $18.02 million over three years to business advisory service providers to deliver low cost, high quality, digital advisory services to Australian small businesses in metropolitan and regional areas. Advisory services will include assessment of small businesses’ needs, tailored digital engagement plans, and support in relation to one or more of the priority digital capabilities including websites and selling online, social media and digital marketing, using small business software, and online security and data privacy.

Who can apply:

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for GST

and be

  • an entity incorporated in Australia (including an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust, an incorporated for profit organisation or an incorporated not for profit organisation) and a trading corporation, where your trading activities
    • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
    • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Plan & Start

Steps for setting up your business

Find out the 5 key steps for setting up your business including deciding on business type and structure, registering your business name, applying for an ABN and understanding taxation and finance.


Import and export

Import and export licensing and Australian Customs requirements. Expand your business by exporting to new markets or import goods that aren't locally available.

Centre for Defence Industry Capability

International support and exports

The CDIC helps defence businesses thinking about exporting, looking to expand the number of export markets or seeking access to global supply chains.

Expertise & advice

Business Development Centre Esperance

This business adviser provides businesses in Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Norseman with free or low cost workshops and advice to help them build and develop sustainable businesses.

Expertise & advice

Business Station Perth

This business adviser provides new and small businesses in the Perth metropolitan area with advice, workshops and low-cost office space to help them grow and develop.

Expertise & advice

Belmont Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)

This business advice centre provides small businesses across the Perth metropolitan region with low-cost advice, support, training and mentoring to help them build and develop sustainable businesses.

Events & training

Indigenous Business Trade Fair

  • Networking event
  • Sessions:

Register to attend the Indigenous Business Trade Fair in Adelaide.




Read our Tax topic for information on the how taxation applies to business, including taxation and your employees, income tax, land tax, GST, capital gains tax, rates and taxation when selling or closing a business.