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Australian Defence Export Office

Policy and Engagement

Financial support

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants

The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants program provides up to AUD$4.1 million per annum until 2029 to build the export capability of Australian small to medium enterprises (less than 200 employees). The program is managed by the Australian Defence Export Office and grants are administered by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

Grant applications are advertised on the CDIC website.

Defence Export Facility loans (through Export Finance Australia)

The Australian Government has established a USD$3 billion (approximately AUD$4.2 billion) Defence Export Facility, administered by Export Finance Australia, to support Australian defence exports. The Australian Defence Export Office helps to manage the Defence Export Facility loans.

For information about accessing Export Finance Australia loans, visit the Export Finance Australia Defence Export Facility web page.


Australian Defence Export Advocate

The Australian Defence Export Advocate undertakes high-level advocacy on behalf of Australian defence industry and advises the Australian Defence Export Office in developing and delivering strategic export campaigns. This is in addition to the existing military senior reservist personnel already used for export advocacy during missions and trade shows. The Australian Defence Export Advocate sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and chairs the Defence Export Forum.

For more information about the Defence Export Advocate, including invitations for the advocate to attend conferences or engagements, please contact the Australian Defence Export Office.

Business Development Managers

Dedicated Business Development Managers are being recruited, in conjunction with Austrade, to support Australian defence industry in international markets. Business Development Managers will target key markets, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Indonesia and Japan.

Defence Export Forum

The Australian Defence Export Office delivers the Defence Export Forum, which coordinates export advocacy efforts across all levels of government.

Market intelligence

The Policy and Engagement team are responsible for the Australian Defence Export Office’s market intelligence function, which will help government and industry to better plan and target their future export activities. This function draws upon insights from industry, defence market databases and Australia’s overseas networks of Defence Attachés and Business Development Managers.

Other initiatives

Advice and grants

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability and Austrade provide industry development and export advisory and facilitation services. Austrade provides advice to Australian companies to grow internationally and achieve export success. Companies are also encouraged to speak with a Centre for Defence Industry Capability defence industry export adviser to determine the most appropriate organisation to provide initial assistance.

Advice and grant services to Australian companies by Centre for Defence Industry Capability include:

  • advice on export opportunities
  • supporting trade missions and the Team Defence Australia initiative
  • supporting major Defence capital equipment projects
  • sourcing commercial opportunities for Australian defence industry
  • identifying capabilities from non-defence sectors which could support Defence capability
  • financial assistance (grants, loans)
  • resources (country profiles, case studies, advice and research)
  • communications and outreach/training events.

Other grants are also available to eligible companies:

  • A Capability Improvement Grant supports the implementation of business improvement activities recommended through a Centre for Defence Industry Capability advisory.
  • Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants encourages small and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets and increase international marketing and promotion. Contact Austrade for more information.

State and territory governments also provide financial assistance for various export promotion activities:

Global Supply Chain Program

The Global Supply Chain Program involves working with multinational defence companies, or ‘primes,’ to identify opportunities for Australian companies within their international supply chains. This allows small and medium enterprises to access markets and opportunities that they would not otherwise have been able to.

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability manages the Global Supply Chain Program on behalf of Defence and has oversight of the eight prime contractors involved in the program.