The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plan was released alongside the Department of Defence’s detailed Industry Plan. Minister Price said in a media release that 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 industrial capabilities Australia seeks to have access to, or control over, to ensure the Australian Defence Force can achieve its strategic objectives.

SICP Implementation and Industry Plans

Each of the Implementation Plans and supporting Industry Plans further support the partnership between Defence and industry by building a shared understanding of the critical industrial capabilities underpinning these priorities.

The plans describe how Defence will work with industry to build and grow sovereign industrial capabilities. Their intent is to support 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.

‘The release of this plan is a significant step in providing greater clarity, supporting industry to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity’.

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. 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 align with SICPs. For more information and to apply, visit our Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant page.