The driving force for the implementation of the Defence Export Strategy is the formation of the Australian Defence Export Office in the Department of Defence. The Australian Defence Export Office will be established in the first quarter of 2018 and consolidate and grow existing export support functions.
The Strategy also recognises the critical role of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) in developing Australian industry to achieve export success and as the lead for industry advice, assistance and development. The CDIC will have an expanded role under the Strategy.
The Strategy establishes a new Australian Defence Export Advocate to support the Australian Defence Export Office. The Australian Defence Export Advocate will provide enduring high-level advocacy in pursuit of Australian defence exports internationally and undertake domestic stakeholder engagement with industry and state and territory governments to ensure coordination of effort.
To establish a whole-of-government approach, the Australian Defence Export Office will establish a Memorandum of Understanding with Austrade to formalise cooperation between the organisations. Leveraging the respective strengths of each organisation, the Memorandum of Understanding will enhance the export support available to Australian defence industry, including through a number of locally-engaged experts in key markets.
The Strategy provides $20 million in additional annual funding from 2018-19 to support Australia’s defence exports. The Strategy aims to bring together all the levers available to government and industry to provide end-to-end support for defence exports. In addition to establishment of the Australian Defence Export Office and Australian Defence Export Advocate, the key initiatives include: