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Over the 2, 5 and 10 year life of the road map, Government will partner with and support industry to build the Australian defence manufacturing sector to leverage investments in national Defence priorities, and scale manufacturers to capture export opportunities in the defence industry and beyond.


Success at 2 years—by end of 2022

Success at 5 years—by end of 2025

Success at 10 years—by end of 2030

Opportunity: Defence

  • Commercialisation opportunities are unlocked through co-investments by governments and industry in projects that contribute to or align with ADF required capabilities.
  • Industry investment in technologies/ business capabilities allow them to contribute to Defence priority capabilities.
  • There is increased collaboration between primes and other businesses in Australia, increasing the number of firms engaging with local defence supply chains.
  • Australian defence manufacturers have an increased ability to meet demands set out by the Government through partnering together on large projects.
  • Small manufacturers have begun to scale through participation in defence supply chains and there are more medium and large-sized businesses active in the Australian defence industry.
  • Australian defence manufacturers contribute more to ADF capabilities, directly or through primes’ supply chains. There is an increase of Australian IP in products utilised by Defence.
  • Australia has a number of successful medium and large-sized defence manufacturers conducting high‑value activities onshore.

Opportunity: International

  • Increase in investment in projects, facilities and manufacturing products that are able to be used by the ADF and other like-minded countries.
  • Australian defence manufacturers are making more globally competitive products and are exporting products to like‑minded partners.
  • Australian manufacturers are more globally competitive as a result of improved capabilities, the expansion of the defence market and an increase in commercialisation activities.
  • There is a greater number of medium-sized manufacturers that are locally and globally competitive.

Opportunity: Cross-sector applications

  • Investments in building or commissioning facilities that can be shared such as secure laboratories, joint equipment and testing facilities.
  • Increase in investment in the manufacturing of products that are applicable in civilian sectors such as space and mining.
  • Australian defence manufacturers are entering new markets with products that have cross-sector applications.
  • Greater local manufacturing ability of critical Defence capabilities.
  • Industry has better experience and resources, including shared facilities, to continue to commercialise innovations.
  • Australian defence manufacturers have diversified their customer base and entered new markets and sectors that support their ongoing ability to meet the demands of the ADF as required.

Funding available

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative is now open for defence manufacturing projects that meet eligibility under its Translation and Integration streams.

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