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Sectors in the defence industry, such as aerospace manufacturing and naval shipbuilding, demand the highest quality and strict compliance with standards to achieve the best possible capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Adherence to best practice standards and maintenance of certifications and accreditations is often a pre-requisite when working in the defence industry.

Standards, certifications and accreditations


To increase your success in working in the defence industry, there are some important standards, certifications and accreditations (SCAs) you need to consider:

  • ISO 9001 — Quality Management Systems - A quality management system compliant with ISO 9001 or AS/NZS 9001 is usually a mandatory requirement for doing business with Defence and with any major manufacturers or suppliers.
  • Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) - DISP is a pre-requisite for Australian businesses wanting to work with defence-relevant information rated as ‘Protected’ or above. DISP membership sets out governance, personnel, physical and cyber security requirements depending on the nature of the organisation’s business. Having DISP certification can lead to businesses getting increased opportunities to work with the Department of Defence and gaining easier access to Defence security services.
  • AS 9100 Rev D — Quality Management Systems — Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defence Organisations - AS 9100 Rev D encompasses ISO 9001 and specifies additional aviation, space and defence industry requirements. This can be useful for any business operating in the aerospace sector.

The CDIC has developed a handy guide to get you started on which qualifications your business may need to work in the defence industry.

How can I find out more?


CDIC Defence Industry Facilitators and Defence Business Advisers can provide you with tailored advice on standards, certifications and accreditations.

To find out more about our advisory and facilitation services, visit the advisory and facilitation services page.