Defence provides a range of grants to support industry. These grants assist Australian small and medium enterprises in expanding to meet Defence capability needs and join global defence industry supply chains.


Defence Industry Development Grant

Grant Opportunity Guidelines have been released for the new Defence Industry Development Grant (DIDG) program.

The DIDG program has 4 dedicated streams which support Sovereign Industrial Priorities, Exports, Skilling and Security.

Applications open in June 2024 for all streams of the program with initial application closing dates of 31 July 2024 for the Export and Skilling streams, and 31 August 2024 for the Sovereign Industrial Priorities and Security streams.

All streams will be continually open, with regular batch cycles of either 2 or 3 months duration for each stream. Batch closing dates will be published on the application website.

Fact Sheet: Defence Industry Development Grant (PDF, 505.52 KB)

Grant programs

The table provides information on the available grant programs, including the link to the application. 

Grant program Details Status
Defence Industry Development Grant
  • Between $5,000 and $1 million for eligible businesses
  • Up to 50% of the project cost
  • Dedicated streams provide support for the:
    • acquisition and commissioning of new capabilities for defence domestic or export projects
    • achievement of international accreditations and certifications
    • technical and trade skill development
    • implementation and maintenance of security posture required for suppliers in the defence sector.
Opening soon
Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment
  • Phase 1 and 2 - up to $250,000 for Australian companies provided an assignment by the United States Government for maintenance and repair activities for existing components used in the Joint Strike Fighter Program
  • Phase 3 and 4 - funding to be determined by the Department of Defence under the amount outlined in your supporting business case
Joint Strike Fighter Industry Production and Modernisation
  • Between $150,000 and $1.5 million available for eligible businesses
  • Up to 50% of the project cost
  • For the development of new or improved capabilities that will win work in the production and modernisation phases of the Joint Strike Fighter Program
US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
  • Up to $1 million per year over 3 years
  • Available to Australian universities involved in a successful submission to the US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program