Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry program


Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program was established in 2005 by the Australian Government to grow the skills base of the Australian defence industry. Over the life of the SADI program, funding has been provided to approximately 200 defence suppliers.

There are currently no open SADI application rounds as the future model of industry skilling support is being reviewed in light of the release of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.

The right levels of funding and skills in Australia's defence industry are essential for the efficient delivery and sustainment of increasingly complex Defence capability. Companies are encouraged to access eligible funding through the Industry Skills Fund while the future delivery model of skilling support is developed through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

The CDIC is a key initiative of the Defence Industry Policy Statement. The CDIC will be launched in the second half of 2016 and is designed to help transform the Defence and industry relationship, and to fund new industry development, critical skilling and export programs, as well as facilitate access to Defence's new innovation programs for small to medium enterprises.

Further details on the services and funding to be provided by the CDIC will be published as they become available. Please visit to register your interest and receive updates on the CDIC.

A copy of the Defence Industry Policy Statement is available.

Further information on the Industry Skills Fund

Information on previous recipients of SADI grant funding is available below: