Government announces grants of up to $500,000 to help Aussie SMEs become ‘defence ready’

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Defence industry businesses can now apply for grants for a number of activities to become ‘defence ready’ and help deliver the Government’s $270 billion investment in Defence capability.

The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program offers grants of up to half a million dollars to support the skilling needs of eligible SMEs, with the Government providing $39 million over the next two years.

Making the announcement, Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said following feedback from industry, the SADI guidelines have been amended to broaden eligibility requirements for skilling and training and for training providers.

“SADI can now support defence industry in technical and trade skills training, improved human resources practices, apprenticeship supervision, and on-the-job training,” Minister Price said, adding that other types of eligible training include design, engineering, project/program management and logistics.


According to the Minister, it also includes training to enhance understanding of Commonwealth Government processes, such as procurement services and Defence operations, and support services, including information technology and cyber security.

“The Defence Teaming Centre is one industry association that is now able to use its SADI grant to provide a Diploma of Digital Technologies course to 16 participants who represent 14 different small to medium Australian defence businesses,” Minister Price continued.

“This Government’s support for skills training is part of our plan to develop the workforce needed to deliver on our historic $270 billion investment in Defence capability.

“A skilled workforce will help build our sovereign industrial capabilities, support innovation and grow the competitiveness of Australian industry, both here and overseas.”

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