Defence Industry Grants Program

Skilling Australia's Defence Industry Grants Program 2023

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What is the Defence Industry Grants Program?

The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program is a grant opportunity to support skills development and training in the defence industry sector.



The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program will provide grants to businesses over three years to help develop defence sector skills and human resources practices and training plans.

The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program (the program, SADI) will run over six years from 2020-21 to 2025-26. The program is a key initiative of the Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy launched in February 2019.



The Defence Industry Grants Program aims to:

  • reduce barriers faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector when upskilling or retraining staff
  • develop skills within SMEs in the defence sector
  • support SMEs in the defence sector to establish human resources practices and training plans that will build lifelong learning activities into their business

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Defence Industry Grants


The Australian Government has announced a total of up to $59.3 million over six years from 2020-21 to 2025-26 this includes an additional $20.3 million in the 2022-23 Budget.

A grant between $5,000 and $500,000 to undertake various defence skills training activities.

You may apply for multiple grants or group multiple eligible activities into one application.

The funding is capped at $500,000 in a six-year period from 2020–21 to 2025–26 for:

  • each eligible business; and
  • each industry association which is applying for funding to train their own staff.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at increasing Defence related skills capacity or capability within your organisation or within a group of defence industry businesses represented by an industry association, that is required to meet current or future Defence capability needs; and
  • be delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO), a tertiary education provider (University or TAFE), an accredited training provider, a professional or industry association, an appropriately qualified employee in your business or an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)

Eligible Activities include:

  • technical and trade skills training
  • human resources training and skills development practices
  • micro credentials courses,
  • apprenticeship supervision support to provide supervision
  • on-the-job training supervision support 
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) training where the training is not incorporated in the products purchase price


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be non-income tax exempt (unless you are a defence industry association training your own staff or facilitating training to businesses you are representing).

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

This grant can only accept applications from:

  • SMEs with less than 200 employees that currently service, or intend to service, the defence industry sector and meet one of the following requirements:
    • have a current Defence contract
    • be currently tendering or preparing to tender for a Defence contract
    • be a current subcontractor to a Defence prime or contracted through the Prime’s supply chain to deliver on Defence projects.
  • Defence industry associations applying:
    • for training their own staff; or
    • to facilitate eligible activities for businesses they are representing:
      • where the represented business fulfils the eligibility criteria;
      • the represented business provides consent for the application; and
      • the value of the project apportioned to the business does not exceed the represented business’s funding cap available to the business under the SADI program.

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Defence Industry Grants


Applications open on an ongoing basis.


More Information


Latest News

10 May 2021 – ICCPM awarded SADI grant to upskill defence SMEs

International Centre for Complex Project Management has been awarded $498,280 from the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program for its project: Skilling Australia’s Defence SMEs to Manage Complex Projects.

This project will deliver specialist training in complex project management to 227 project managers, engineers, and other project professionals from the International Centre for Complex Project Management’s (ICCPM’s) Membership. In turn, this project will support the improved performance of complex defence projects.


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