The Implementation Plan was released alongside the Department of Defence’s detailed Industry Plan. Minister Price said the Implementation Plan provides useful information to businesses who already operate with Defence, and those who aspire to join the industry, to invest in a way that best supports the Australian Defence Force’s capability needs.

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities


The initial 10 Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (SICPs) were identified in the 2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan. They’re the Australian industrial capabilities that are assessed as critical to Defence and must be developed or supported by Australian industry. Therefore Australia must have access to, or control over, the essential skills, technology, intellectual property, financial resources and infrastructure as and when required.

SICP Implementation and Industry Plans


The Implementation Plans and supporting Industry Plans support the partnership between Defence and industry by building a shared understanding of the critical industrial capabilities underpinning the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

The plans describe how Defence will work with industry to build and grow sovereign defence industrial capabilities. The intent is to support defence industry’s business planning and investment decisions to align with Defence priorities. The plans also provide guidance to align capability decisions with Defence’s strategic intent and broader policies.

‘Our military aircraft are critical to the Australian Defence Force’s ability to achieve its strategic objectives. We need Australian industry to keep them operating at a high standard, as well as to ensure they remain safe and fit for purpose.’


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

The new plan follows the release of the Combat clothing, and the Munitions and small arms plans in December 2019, and the Land combat and protected vehicles plans in August 2020. Implementation and Industry Plans for the remaining priorities will be released by the end of 2020.

Where can I view the plans?


The released plans can be viewed on the Department of Defence website, along with more information on the Defence Industrial Capability Plan and Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

You can also apply for a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant to help your business build industrial capabilities that contribute to one or more of the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. For more information and to apply, visit our Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant page.

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