The Australian Defence Export Office is a key initiative of the 2018 Defence Export Strategy.
The Office coordinates the whole-of-government effort to support the export success of Australian defence industry. The Office is responsible for delivering the initiatives outlined in the Defence Export Strategy.
The Office works closely with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, Austrade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), state and territory governments and Defence industry to realise export success internationally.
The Office will deliver the Team Defence Australia program from 1 July 2018. The program provides Australian companies with international exposure through tradeshows and targeted trade missions.
The Office also includes the Australian Military Sales Directorate which manages government-to-government defence sales, gifting or transfer of surplus and obsolete defence articles and promotion of Australian industry in sustaining defence assets overseas. The Directorate publishes the Australian Military Sales Equipment Catalogue which provides information on ADF surplus equipment for sale across the maritime, land and aerospace domains to foreign government customers.
The Australian Defence Export Advocate, a newly appointed position, will undertake advocacy on behalf of the Australian defence industry and advise the Office in developing and delivering strategic export campaigns. This will be in addition to the existing military senior reservist personnel already used for export advocacy during missions and trade shows.
The Advocate sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Defence Industry and chairs the Defence Export Forum.
Australian companies new to exporting are encouraged to first contact the Centre for Defence Industry Capability to speak with a defence industry export adviser. They can provide specialist advice about becoming export ready and provide referrals to Austrade or other agencies, where relevant.
Australian companies who are export ready and have already engaged with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability defence industry export adviser may wish to engage the Australian Defence Export Office and/or Austrade.