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Defence Global Competitiveness Grants

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Defence Global Competitiveness Grants

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Department of Defence
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361002 - Defence
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ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, Administered Territories, Overseas
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants will help Australian SMEs to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.

The Defence Export Strategy defines Australian defence exports as “any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-user”.

• Up to $4.1 million is available each year from 2018-19 to 2028-29.

• The minimum grant amount is $15,000.

• The maximum grant amount is $150,000.

• The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

• The maximum grant period is eighteen months.


Project activities can include:

• buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security.

• design, engineering and commissioning activities.

• workforce training and accreditations.


To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

• Merit criterion 1 - The extent that your project will help your business to build defence industry export capability (50 points).

• Merit criterion 2 - Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points).

• Merit criterion 3 - The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points).


To be eligible you must:

• be an SME with less than 200 employees.

• have an Australian Business Number (ABN). 


And be one of the following entities:

• a company, incorporated in Australia. 

• an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust. 


In order to be eligible you must:

• provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.

• provide an external Accountant Declaration that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs. You must use the Accountant Declaration form available at the bottom of this page.


You are not eligible to apply if you are:

• an individual. 

• a partnership.

• a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

• a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government body (including government business enterprises).

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Financial year 2018-19 to 2028-29.

Total Amount Available (AUD):
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $15,000.00 to $150,000.00
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