Supply Chain Uplift Program

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What is the Supply Chain Uplift Program?

The Supply Chain Uplift Program is an initiative that provides grants for business improvement activities to enhance the capacityof SMEs to effectively compete for and win contracts with Hanwha.



In November 2021, the Victorian Government agreed to establish the Victorian Land Systems Fund (VLSF) to support existing and future Victorian-based supply chain partners of Hanwha Defense Australia (Hanwha). The VLSF is a Victorian Government initiative that supports Victorian businesses, witha focus on Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to win supply chain work with Hanwha for the Commonwealth Government’s Land 8116 program.

The Supply Chain Uplift Program (SCUP) is one of two VLSF grant streams.

The Victorian Land Systems Fund – Supply Chain Uplift Program will support Victorian defence industry businesses to work with Hanwha Defense Australia (Hanwha) as part of its supply chain. The program will help build businesses’ capabilities so they can help Hanwha deliver the Commonwealth Government’s $1 billion Land 8116 Self-Propelled Howitzer program.



Funding will support eligible Victorian businesses to:

  • gain relevant accreditations and meet industry specific compliance requirements
  • prepare tenders
  • undertake minor facilities upgrades and equipment fit outs
  • develop new or enhance current defence products or services
  • undertake defence R&D
  • participate in trade missions to pursue collaboration and export opportunities.

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Supply Chain Uplift Program


Grant amounts of between $2,000 and $100,000 (excl GST) are available under this Program for the Land 8116 Program. The Department will fund 50 per cent of Eligible Expenditure, up to a maximum of $100,000 (excl. GST) of eligible project costs.

An Applicant can apply for 50 per cent of costs up to a maximum of $5,000 (excl. GST) for trade missions to pursue in-country collaboration and export opportunities.


Eligible Projects

Grant funds can be used to undertake the following eligible activities:

  • business systems and process certifications
  • tender response assistance
  • industry specific compliance requirements
  • supply chain collaboration activities
  • development of defence R&D and technology transfer activities
  • product development.

These examples are not exhaustive. Applicants are encouraged to read the Program Guidelines for a full list of eligible activities.


Eligible Applicants

Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

  • have Hanwha’s support for its application to this program (please note the Department may verify your claim with Hanwha)
  • be a legal entity with an operating business presence in Victoria
  • submit an application for activities linked directly to the applicant’s Victorian business operations
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be able to meet the required cash co-contribution ($1 for every $1 provided)
  • attest that the business complies with all workplace health and safety obligations and meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer.

Preference will be given to small and mid-size enterprises seeking to access the program, however companies with more than 200 employees can apply and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Supply Chain Uplift Program


Applications close 30 June 2024


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