Defence capability managers are required to consider the resilience and capacity of industry as capability plans are developed. Recognising industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability reflects the importance of industry in Defence capability planning and provides industry with an earlier and stronger voice across the Defence Capability Life Cycle.

The CDIC helps bridge the gap between Defence and industry. We can help staff in the Department of Defence (such as CASG, VCDF, CIOG and capability managers) to:

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Understanding the capacity and capability of Australian industry


The CDIC works with defence companies of all sizes on a daily basis, including the defence primes through the Global Supply Chain program. This means our people understand Australia’s defence industry capabilities.

The CDIC can help Defence staff to:

  • understand the capabilities of Australian companies and the health of their supply chains
  • understand the potential impacts of major acquisitions and other considerations around industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability
  • ensure fulfilment of Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Program obligations by working with potential bidders to understand the Australian defence industrial base and engage with industry
  • identify skilling and commercial needs within industry at a project or portfolio level
  • identify capability gaps and opportunities for the primes and Defence to work with Australian industry

Engaging with industry


We can help you engage with Defence industry by:

  • presenting at or coordinating activities involving defence industry (such as environmental information working groups) and other industry engagement forums associated with acquisition and sustainment activities
  • organising industry engagement sessions to promote and maximise opportunities for Australian industry in the supply chains of the defence primes
  • providing a single point of contact for industry to understand project requirements and business opportunities
  • helping potential bidders to understand the AIC Program and engage in a way that keeps project officers at arm’s lengt
  • advising staff on defence industry engagement (to advance international engagement objectives) and help with arranging industry visits and bilateral engagements
  • providing staff with information on export opportunities

Engaging industry in major acquisition projects


The CDIC is a gateway for the whole of industry to meet Defence’s capability needs, consolidating multiple avenues into Defence procurement's.

We form partnerships with major Defence acquisition projects, such as continuous naval shipbuilding, to support Defence’s engagement with industry and become a single point of contact for industry to understand project requirements and business opportunities.