The changes are primarily aimed at broadening the eligibility requirements for training providers delivering training as part of a SADI grant project. Previously the guidelines required training providers to be accredited. The amended guidelines allow the use of experienced training providers as long as they can demonstrate appropriate skills and experience to deliver the training.

These changes broaden the pool of training providers available to businesses to deliver training using SADI grant funding, making it easier for businesses to achieve the outcomes they are seeking.

What is a SADI grant?


The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) grant program funds defence skills training and supervision activities. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 are available for up to 100% of eligible project costs.

The grant program is a key initiative of the Defence Industry Skilling and STEM strategy launched in February 2019.

The grant program provides $39 million over 3 years, with $10 million of the total funding allocated to Naval shipbuilding related skills training, to support Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and aims to:

  • reduce barriers faced by SMEs in the defence industry when upskilling or retraining staff
  • develop skills within SMEs in the defence sector
  • support SMEs in the defence industry to establish human resources practices and training plans that will build lifelong learning activities into their business

Activities must directly relate to a project that is aimed at increasing defence related skills, capacity or capability required to meet current or future Defence capability needs.

Where can I find out more?


You can find further information, including the Program Guidelines, and apply for a SADI grant on our Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry webpage.

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