Australian Defence Export Office

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.

What is the Australian Defence Export Office?

The Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) works closely with an international network of Defence Attachés and Austrade Business Development Managers in key markets.  

The ADEO also collaborates with a range of Australian Government agencies including Austrade, Export Finance Australia, the Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS), 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.

What we do

The ADEO was established in April 2018 as a key initiative of the 2018 Defence Export Strategy and is the key focal point for coordinating whole-of-government defence export support for Australian defence industry. 

To ensure industry can meet current and future demands, 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.

  • 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.