Defence Industry Policy Statement 2010

On 25 June 2010, the Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, the Hon. Greg Combet, released a new defence policy statement entitled, Building Defence Capability – A Policy for a Smarter and More Agile Defence Industry Base.

The Minister’s media release is available at
“The Government needs a strong, successful and skilled defence industry if it is to deliver the ADF that Australia needs for the future, which is why we have outlined this comprehensive suite of programs for the Australian defence industry,”Mr Combet said.

Building Defence Capability is congruent with the Government’s 2009 Defence White Paper and Strategic Reform Program.

“The policy outlines over $445 million of Government programs that industry can access to improve their competitiveness, their capacity for innovation, their ability to enter export markets, their opportunity to win work locally and the skills of their workforce.”

Building Defence Capability outlines a number of new policies including:
  • The Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program to provide funding to companies to encourage innovation in the area of PICs.
  • The Defence Industry Innovation Board, to better coordinate the innovation programs that are available to industry.
  • The Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program to facilitate opportunities for Australia defence industry to compete in the primes global supply chains.
  • The AIC Implementation Unit to improve implementation of AIC policy within Defence and to audit System Project Offices to ensure AIC plans in contracts are delivered.
 Further information is available on the Defence Materiel Organisation website at