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Australian Defence Export Office

The Defence Export Strategy

The establishment of the Australian Defence Export Office was a key initiative of the Government’s 2018 Defence Export Strategy. The overarching Strategic Goal of the Defence Export Strategy is to “achieve greater export success to build a stronger, more sustainable and more globally competitive Australian defence industry to support Australia’s Defence capability needs.”

The Strategy pursues five objectives, to be achieved by 2028:

  1. Strengthen the partnership between the Australian government and industry to pursue defence export opportunities;
  2. Sustain Australia’s defence industrial capabilities across peaks and troughs in domestic demand;
  3. Enable greater innovation and productivity in Australia’s defence industry to deliver world-leading Defence capabilities;
  4. Maintain the capability edge of the Australian Defence Force and leverage Defence capability development for export opportunities; and
  5. Grow Australia’s defence industry to become a top ten global defence exporter.

The Australian Defence Export Office plays a key part in achieving these objectives and is accountable for delivering the initiatives laid out in the Strategy.

For more information please visit the Defence Export Strategy website.


Defence Export Controls

All exports of defence and strategic goods and technology from Australia require an export permit, this helps ensure defence exports are consistent with Australia’s national interests and international obligations and commitments.

Defence Export Controls Branch, within the Department of Defence, administers Australia’s defence export controls system. For more information, please visit the Defence Export Controls website.