New Grants

This Building Export Capability in Defence Grant, with up to $1 million budget allocation per batch, aims to help Australian businesses invest in projects that build their defence export capability. Australian Government recognises that the Australian defence industry needs to grow and innovate, which requires exploring new markets and opportunities in order to unlock its full potential.

Deadlines and Timings

Applications are open and you may apply at any time. The expected timing of the grant opportunity are given below, and if successful, your project is expected to commence right after receiving the offer of grant funding.

  • Assessment of applications: Applications are batched and assessed every 8-12weeks
  • Approval of outcomes of selection process: 2 weeks from application assessment
  • Negotiations and award of grant agreements: 5 weeks
  • Notification to unsuccessful applicants: After grant agreements have been executed
  • Earliest start date of project: The date you are notified your application has been successful
  • End date of grant commitment: 18 months after the commencement of the grant agreement

Note: Batch 4 are for all grant applications received from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Overview and Grant Amount

A grant of $15,000 to $150,000 for up to 50% of the cost of investing in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. The maximum project period is 12 months.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an SME with less than 200 employees
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a company incorporated in Australia or be an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. In addition, 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

Eligible Grant Activities

Eligible projects must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $30,000 in eligible expenditure
  • relate to new or expanded defence export opportunities
  • occur within Australia

Eligible activities relate directly to the project and may 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

You can only spend the grant funds on eligible expenditure you have incurred on an agreed project as defined in your grant agreement. You must incur the project expenditure between the project start and end date for it to be eligible unless stated otherwise. To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to read the program guidelines thoroughly. Submissions may be lodged through their online portal.

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