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Australian Defence Export Office

Australian Defence Export Office

What is defence industry?

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.

What are defence exports?

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.

What we do

The ADEO sits within Defence Industry Policy Division and comprises three teams:

  • Team Defence Australia provides export-ready companies with access to new or existing markets and international supply chains through attendance at international trade shows.
  • Australian Military Sales (AMS) plans and executes the international government-to-government transfer of Australian Defence Organisation materiel, Australian-origin sensitive technology in addition to products and services of Australian defence industry. AMS also publish the Australian Defence Sales Catalogue, which provides information on Australian Defence Force equipment and defence industry products and services for sale to foreign government customers.
  • Policy and Engagement are responsible for managing high-level international and domestic advocacy by Ministers and the Australian Defence Export Advocate in support of Australian defence industry exports. They also provide guidance on access to financial support and manage the ADEO’s market intelligence function, which helps government and industry to better plan and target their future export activities.

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.

How we can help you

  • Attendance at international trade shows with Team Defence Australia.
  • Targeted international trade missions.
  • Inclusion in the Australian Military Sales Catalogue.
  • Government-to-government sales, gifting and transfer of equipment.
  • Defence Global Competitiveness Grants to overcome export barriers.
  • Defence Export Facility loans (administered by Export Finance Australia).
  • High-level advocacy for Australian defence industry exports.
  • Australian Defence Export Advocate support, including international advocacy.
  • An international network of Business Development Managers and Defence Attachés.

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.

Key contacts

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.

Australian Defence Export Office


Defence Export Controls

Phone: 1800 662 066 or +61 2 6266 7222

Centre for Defence Industry Capability

Phone: 13 28 46


Phone: 13 28 78

Export Finance Australia

Phone: 1800 093 724