The Australian defence industry consists of businesses with an Australian Business Number that are providing or have the capacity to provide defence-specific or dual-use goods or services in a supply chain that leads to the Australian Government Department of Defence or an international defence force.
Australian defence exports are any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-use.
The Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) was established in April 2018 as a key initiative of the 2018 Defence Export Strategy. The ADEO is the focal point for coordinating whole-of-government defence export support for Australian defence industry, to ensure it can meet Australia’s defence capability needs now and into the future.
The ADEO sits within Defence Industry Policy Division and comprises three teams:
The ADEO tailors its assistance to Australian companies on a case-by-case basis, and endeavours to provide a targeted level of support across all stages of a company’s export journey.
The ADEO works closely with an international network of Defence Attachés and Austrade Business Development Managers in key markets (to date: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Indonesia and Japan). The ADEO also collaborates with a range of Australian Government agencies including Austrade, Export Finance Australia, the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), and state and territory governments, to provide support to Australian defence industry exports.
The Defence Export Controls Branch remains separate to the ADEO. The ADEO and the Defence Export Controls Branch work closely to ensure that Australia’s export controls requirements are met and awareness of potential export controls is understood by Australian defence industry.
Australian defence and dual-use companies who are export-ready are encouraged get in contact with the ADEO.
Companies who are not yet export-ready, or need assistance identifying their target international markets, may wish to contact the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) to speak with a defence industry export adviser.
Defence continues to apply a rigorous export controls framework to the export and transfer of military and dual-use goods and technology. Companies are encouraged to engage with Defence Export Controls early to seek advice in relation to their export control obligations.
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