The Implementation Plan was released alongside the Department of Defence’s detailed Industry Plan. Minister Price stated that the new Implementation Plan was a vital element of capability management and would provide important guidance on what Defence sees as critical within our defence industry.

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

Each of 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.

This Plan describes how Defence will work with industry to build and grow sovereign defence industrial capabilities. Its intent is to support defence industry’s business planning and investment decisions to align with Defence priorities. The Plan also provides guidance to align decision-making with Defence’s strategic intent and broader policies.

'The test and evaluation of Defence capability is necessary to ensure Australian Defence Force personnel are safe and their equipment is fit for purpose. The Government’s priority is to provide the Australian Defence Force with cost effective, cutting edge capability while also maximising Australian industry involvement.'

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

The new Plan follows the release of previous Implementation Plans in December 2019 and throughout 2020.

Where can I view the plans?

Subscribe to the free Defence Industry and Innovation newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest news and events.