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A number of programs have been established to help build Australia's defence industry:

  • The Australian Industry Capability (AIC) program aims to create opportunities for Australian companies to compete on their merits for Defence work within Australia and overseas.

  • The Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program (CTDP) is run by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and gives Australian and New Zealand industries the opportunity to demonstrate new ideas and approaches related to technology use.

  • CAS Institute delivers specialist training courses to both Defence and industry workforces. They offer a range of programs covering all levels from introductory through to manager and include Materiel Logistics and ASDEFCON courses.

  • The Defence Industry Study Course (DISC) has been designed to help participants develop a better understanding of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia's defence industry capabilities. The course delivers defence and industry executives an intimate understanding of defence business while improving the collective knowledge of Australia’s defence industry. Not only does the course offer the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate and realise best practice, it also forms the keystone to forging better business contacts.

  • The Defence Materials and Technology Centre (DMTC) develops and delivers new materials technologies and manufacturing processes to enhance Australia's defence capability. It does so through a collaborative partnership between Defence, industry and research organisations.

  • The Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program helps Australian defence industry companies access opportunities in the global supply chains of multinational defence companies. This can be for defence or commercial projects across the globe.

  • Industry Skilling Program Enhancement package (ISPE) consists of a series of initiatives that aim to expand the pool of skilled workers from which defence industry can recruit, enhance work and career pathways and address specific skills gaps in defence industry capability.

  • The Letter of Recognised Supply (LoRS) program offers eligible companies a letter that shows evidence of their supply to the Australian Defence Organisation to assist them to bid for new work or market capabilities to non-defence customers.

  • The New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program (NACC-ISP) helps Australian companies and research organisations support the development of new or improved capability to win work in the production, sustainment and follow-on development phases of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

  • The Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program provides direct support in the form of repayable, matched grants, to Australian defence companies to assist small to medium-sized enterprises to pursue innovative defence industry projects.

  • The Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation Program is collaboratively run by Defence, industry and academia to deliver solutions for complex, high-risk defence problems.

  • Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) program provides funding to Australian companies or Australian defence industry associations who have a current Defence contract or are expecting to tender for a Defence contact within the next 12 months.