Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced that Franmarine Underwater Services will receive $949,171 to establish a new facility to support underwater maintenance activities for the Royal Australian Navy.

'Franmarine’s investment will improve the effectiveness and speed of maintenance activities, helping keep our critical naval vessels available for deployment .'


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

Franmarine is among 20 businesses to receive funding through Sovereign Industry Capability Priority (SICP) Grants, which help businesses build industrial capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

Southern Launch will receive $128,977 to develop an overland rocket test range to support sub-orbital launches and satellite recovery. The new range will allow for testing and validation of rockets and satellite subsystems.

Supacat Pty Ltd will use a $541,153 grant to invest in ICT security infrastructure to improve business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. Improved ICT infrastructure will also enhance Supacat’s engineering capabilities by providing design lifecycle management and improving supply chain integration.

What projects are being funded?


The grants will also support:

  • Phasor Innovation with a grant of $98,138 to establish a specialised radio frequency laboratory to enhance testing and design capabilities
  • Athinian Valley with a grant of $189,654 to fund plant and equipment that will increase their productivity and capacity for welding defence component
  • Indra Australia with a grant of $146,772 to establish a secure facility to enable easier collaboration with Defence and other businesses in the defence sector
  • Clearbox Systems with a grant of $202,570 to upgrade the security of its facilities allowing enhanced capability to develop sensitive technologies
  • Q-Ctrl with a grant of $468,645 to hire appropriately qualified staff and purchase software to enable the development of novel electronic warfare and signal processing capabilities
  • Holmwood Highgate with a grant of $1,000,000 to purchase, install and commission advanced manufacturing equipment incorporating robotics and laser technology, to enhance its ability to manufacture complex bulk liquid transport solutions serving the commercial, aviation and defence industries
  • Aurumtown with a grant of $1,000,000 to establish a purpose-built storage facility in regional Victoria to increase its capability to store munitions for manufacturers and the Australian Defence Force
  • Mactaggart Scott Australia with a grant of $267,377 to purchase and install equipment which will enhance its submarine testing capabilities
  • Team Zenith with a grant of $1,000,000 to upgrade capital equipment and extend its factory to expand manufacturing capacity and capability to produce and repair deployable planning facilities
  • RUAG Australia with a grant of $918,935 to modernise capital equipment which will enhance its ability to manufacture and overhaul aerospace platform components
  • Agent Oriented Software with a grant of $510,634 to purchase capital equipment to support testing in the field and upgrade its laboratory, enhancing the ability to test future generations of autonomous, un-manned ground vehicles
  • Precision Metal Group with a grant of $1,000,000 to purchase and commission capital equipment which will enhance its ability to manufacture specialised metal components
  • MultiMedia Concepts with a grant of $137,513 to raise its security accreditation, enhancing its production of bespoke computer-based training and simulations
  • BMP Engineering with a grant of $757,282 to purchase machining equipment and modify its facilities to streamline manufacturing capability and enhance its ability to engineer and manufacture complex and precision defence, aerospace and munitions components
  • IKAD Engineering with a grant of $1,000,000 to purchase and install specialised capital equipment which will enhance its ability to manufacture complex components to support the continuous shipbuilding program and Collins class submarine upgrade
  • Vipac Engineers and Scientists with a grant of $164,950 to purchase and commission a Shock Testing System capable of testing large payloads and high severities required by the Australian defence industry for military components and products
  • Boss Investments Australia with a grant of $132,686 to purchase an edge rounding machine to enhance its capability and capacity for high-volume manufacture of precision sheet metal components

What are SICP grants?


Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants of up to $1 million are available to help businesses build industrial capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. These grants may be used to fund capital equipment including specialist software and security systems, for design and engineering works, or for training and accreditations.

SICP Grants are helping Australian businesses contribute to Australia’s sovereign defence force capability in areas ranging from continuous shipbuilding to phased array radar capability and combat clothing.

Since the SICP Grant opened for applications on 21 November 2018, more than $36.5 million has been provided for 74 grants.

How do I apply?


To find out more about SICP Grants and to submit an application, visit the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant page.

If you’d like help to determine whether your project aligns with a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority, visit the Advisory and facilitation services page to find out how we can help, and to apply for services.