The report provides details of the progress and achievements of the Government’s key Defence industry and innovation programs – the Next Generation Technologies Fund, the Defence Innovation Hub, and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

Minister Price said during 2018-19, over $120 million in research and innovation contracts were awarded to industry, universities, and publicly funded research agencies. Australian businesses received over $15 million in Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants and $2.3 million in Capability Improvement Grants.

The report showcases some of the innovative companies receiving funding through these programs, such as SYPAQ Systems. SYPAQ Systems, an innovative engineering company based in Victoria, has won eight Defence Innovation Hub contracts worth over $10 million to develop a range of sophisticated new technologies.

In 2018-19, the Next Generation Technologies Fund facilitated first-time collaborations between Defence, industry and academia. New research agreements were established with:

  • 14 Australian universities
  • six industry partners
  • one Australian Defence Science University Network
  • one Cooperative Research Centre

The report also highlights the range of activities conducted by the CDIC in 2018-19 to build industry capability and connect businesses with Defence. This includes the:

  • CDIC defence business advisory services
  • CDIC defence industry facilitation services
  • outreach and education program
  • administration of five defence industry grant programs

‘Three years on, the Government’s $1.6 billion investment in these programs is enhancing Defence capability by unlocking the creative potential of Australia’s industry and innovation sector.’


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

Where can I view the report?


To view the report visit our Publications and media page.

If you would like to find out more about how you can access these programs, visit the CDIC.