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Report urges defence sector to invest $1B in Australian SMEs

The Sovereign Australian Prime Alliance (SAPA) and Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) have collaborated on a report detailing a strategy to cultivate defence prime contractors and create a new $1 billion fund to acquire capabilities and services from medium and small companies.

Industry leaders commend launch of Australia’s $392M Industry Growth Program

Speakers at the National Innovation Policy Forum have expressed their support for the Australian government’s $392 million Industry Growth Program, officially launched on Monday, 27 November. 

BAE Systems helps boost local industry capabilities with ‘Targeted Tasks’

BAE Systems Australia is collaborating with small and medium enterprises to enhance their capabilities to work on the Hunter Class Frigate Program as part of its “Targeted Tasks” initiative. 

CSIRO makes R&D funding program available to more SMEs

CSIRO has expanded its Kick-Start Program, offering research and development funding and expertise to more Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs). 

Victoria launches new round of grants under Manufacturing Growth Program

Small and medium-sized Victorian manufacturers can now apply for grants under the second round of the Made in Victoria – Manufacturing Growth Program.  Minister for...

Australian business activity slows in July with modest drop in new orders – Judo...

Business activity across Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has recorded another marginal decline as the seasonally adjusted Judo Bank Australia SME Business Activity Index fell to 49.1 in July, down from 49.6 in June.

Boeing inks defence contracts with small businesses in Capability Up-Lift program

Boeing Australia has awarded seven contracts to small businesses from various industries, such as manufacturing and cybersecurity after completing its first Capability Up-Lift Program. 

Manufacturers urged to apply for free Innovate to Grow: Ending Plastic Waste program

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO is opening a new round of its free, ten-week Innovate to Grow program, this time for SMEs, including manufacturers, focusing on plastic waste issues.

Public feedback sought for new $392 million Industry Growth Program

The Australian government has begun soliciting public feedback on the new Industry Growth Program (IGP), which will support small businesses in realising and commercialising their product ideas.

CSIRO backs advanced manufacturing SMEs with new online R&D program

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is providing support for small and medium-sized businesses working on new advanced manufacturing solutions through its free R&D program. 
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