Defence Industry Policy Division was established in Strategy Group on 14 December 2015 to inform and improve how Defence approaches industry engagement and innovation.
The Division has responsibility for effective implementation of the Government’s approach to Defence industry policy and creation of a strategy-led program of industry engagement and innovation which ensures:
The Division comprises three branches: Defence Capability and Innovation Branch, Defence Export Controls Branch (previously Defence Export Control Office), and Defence Industry Branch.
The Defence Industry Branch is accountable and responsible for Defence industry policy, including driving implementation of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.
Current initiatives underway in the Branch are the Australian Industry Capability Program, the Sovereign Industrial Capability Assessment Framework, the Defence Industry Capability Plan, and a range of skilling and STEM industry assistance initiatives, including the School Pathways Program, the Defence Engineering Internship Program and sponsorship of the SUBS in School and F1 in Schools programs.
The Branch also works closely with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) to deliver a range of programs to ensure that Australian defence firms have every opportunity to enhance their capacity for innovation, skilling and productivity. This includes making the most of business opportunities within Australia and overseas.
The Department of Defence is responsible for administering controls on the export of defence and strategic goods and technologies and the granting of authorisations to export, in the form of permits and licenses. Within Defence, this role is done by the Defence Export Controls Branch. Our mission is to enable the responsible export of defence and strategic goods and technologies by:
Additional information on Defence Exports Controls Branch is available here.
The Defence Capability and Innovation Branch is responsible for managing a consolidated portfolio of innovation investment under the Defence Innovation Hub, the government's signature defence innovation development program, established in December 2016. The Hub is funded at $640 million decade to 2025-26 and provides a single innovation development pipeline for defence industry and research organisations to develop new and innovative capability.
For more information about the Defence Innovation Hub visit: https://www.business.gov.au/Centre-for-Defence-Industry-Capability/Defence-Innovation-Portal
The Defence Capability and Innovation Branch also has responsibility for the governance of the new innovation system, and provides secretariat support to the Hub Investment Advisory Group and the Innovation Steering Group.
Innovation Steering Group (Band 2/2 Star)
The Innovation Steering Group (ISG) is co-chaired by the First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy and Chief Science Strategy and Program. The ISG has been established to drive an integrated, portfolio approach to Defence innovation investment as part of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.
Hub Investment Advisory Group (Band 1/1 Star)
The Hub Investment Advisory Group (HIAG) is chaired by the Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation. The HIAG will provide advice on proposed Defence Innovation Hub investments to maintain a balanced portfolio of innovation investment aligned with the strategic investment priorities set by the Defence Investment Committee, and detailed investment parameters set by the Innovation Steering Group.
Defence recognises the outstanding achievements of existing innovation programs, over many years. A number of existing Defence innovation development programs now operate under the strategic guidance of the Defence Innovation Hub to deliver a simplified, and more streamlined and balanced portfolio of innovation investment. These programs include:
The new Defence Innovation Hub will build on the success of existing programs and will provide:
We are currently in a transition period where these existing programs operate under the strategic guidance of the Defence Innovation Hub ahead of full integration into a unified program by the end of 2017.