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External Agencies


The Government is encouraging a national approach to developing Australia’s defence industry, and the CDIC and Defence are collaborating with state and territory governments to strategically plan and develop Australia’s defence industry.

Each state and territory government has an agency or function to advocate and facilitate collaboration and engagement with Defence, including hosting grant programs.

Attorney-General’s Department (AGD)

The AGD is a department of the federal government of Australia responsible for law and justice.

The Attorney-General's Department delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework, including the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

Visit the AG's Department website.

Australia Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)

ASIO is Australia's national security agency responsible for the protection of the country and its citizens from espionage, sabotage, acts of foreign interference, politically motivated violence, attacks on the Australian defence system, and terrorism as well as providing protective security advice to government and business.

Visit the ASIO website.

Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)

The ACSC is the Australian Government’s lead on national cyber security. It brings together cyber security capabilities from across the Australian Government to improve the cyber resilience of the Australian community and support the economic and social prosperity of Australia in the digital age. The ACSC is a key source of information on how to protect your business against cyber security incursions.

Visit the ACSC website.

Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

ASD is a vital member of Australia’s national security community, working across the full spectrum of operations required of contemporary signals intelligence and security agencies: intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations in support of the Australian Government and Australian Defence Forces (ADF).

Visit the ASD website.

Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The AFP's role is to enforce Commonwealth criminal law, contribute to combating complex, transnational, serious and organised crime impacting Australia's national security and to protect Commonwealth interests from criminal activity in Australia and overseas.

Visit the AFP website.

Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC)

The CDIC is an initiative of the Defence Industry Policy Statement. Its purpose is to help transform the Defence and industry relationship, facilitate innovation and exports, and fund defence industry development, critical defence business maturity and skilling. The CDIC also hosts the Defence Innovation Portal, welcoming industry and research organisations to submit innovative ideas.

Visit the CDIC website.

Defence Science and Technology (DST)

DST is the Australian government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. They work closely with industry, universities and the scientific community to enhance our combined ability to support Australia’s defence and national security capabilities and to contribute to national wealth

Visit the DST website.


State & Territory

ACT Defence Advocacy

Canberra, Australia's national capital, is also Australia's defence capital with the largest concentration of defence and national security agencies, assets, organisations, diplomatic networks and industry bodies in Australia. ACT Defence supports Defence, Cyber Security and Space capabilities within industry.

Visit the ACT Defence Advocacy website.

Defence Industries Queensland

The Queensland Government established Defence Jobs Queensland to support the state's defence industry. They aim to promote a smart, connected and efficient defence industry that will deliver to your requirements. Defence Industries Queensland also provide a number of programs that have been established to help build Australia’s defence industry.

Visit the Defence Industries Queensland website.

Defence New South Wales

Defence NSW supports defence and industry by being the contact point for the defence, defence-related Commonwealth departments, defence companies, defence industry bodies, and defence-related research organisations, promoting the state’s defence industry and research capabilities, supporting access for NSW defence related companies to procurement and supply chain opportunities both locally and internationally.

Visit the Defence New South Wales website.

Defence Northern Territory (DefenceNT)

DefenceNT supports Defence, national security agencies and the Defence community in the Northern Territory. The group assists government in its strategic engagement with Defence, the Australian Government, states and territories and Australia’s military allies.

DefenceNT also facilitates opportunities for local industry and our workforce to participate in defence and national security work through workshops and programs.

Visit the DefenceNT website.

Defence South Australia

Defence SA’s mission is maximise investment and jobs from the Australian Defence Force and defence industries, they also provide education and skilling for industry members.

Working closely with Defence and industry, Defence SA targets investment and expansion opportunities, drives and supports the delivery of major defence projects and facilities, and pursues the location of additional Defence units and capabilities in the state.

Visit the Defence South Australia website.

Tasmania – Department of State Growth

With the increased focus on defence investment, innovation and new technologies both in Australia and internationally, significant opportunities exist for Tasmanian businesses to become suppliers to the defence sector. The Department of State Growth provides various assistance programs for eligible small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises.

Visit the Department of State Growth website.

Victoria Defence

Victoria’s Defence Industry Advocate represents Victoria on defence industry matters, advocates Victoria’s interests to key stakeholders nationally and internationally, implements support programs for eligible industry entities, and provides the State Government with strategic advice on defence industry-related issues.

Visit the Victoria Defence website.

Defence West

Defence West, within the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI), is the Western Australian (WA) Government office responsible for supporting the interests of the local defence industry. Its role is to deliver the capability requirements of the Australian Defence Force and to increase our State’s exports.

Visit the Defence West website.