This program is open for applications throughout the year. The assessment panel assess batched applications quarterly throughout the year. Below are the dates:

  • Batch 1 – all grant applications received from 1 July 2022 until 30 September 2022.
  • Batch 2 – all grant applications received from 1 October 2022 to 31 December 2022.
  • Batch 3 – all grant applications received from 1 January 2023 to 31 March 2023.
  • Batch 4 – all grant applications received from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Each batch has approximately up to $1 million per batch.

Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

Grants to help Australian businesses invest in projects that build their defence export capability.

What do you get?

A grant of $15,000 to $150,000 for up to 50% of the cost of investing in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. The maximum project period is 12 months.

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized businesses with an Australian business number (ABN). The business must be either:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Other eligibility requirements apply.

How it works

You need to contribute 50% of the eligible project value.

Project activities can include:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security
  • design, engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations.

The Defence export strategy defines Australian defence exports as ‘any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-user’.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your business must:

  • have fewer than 200 employees
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be a company incorporated in Australia or be an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

You must also provide:

  • a project budget (you must use the template provided on
  • a letter of support from each project partner (where applicable)
  • evidence from your Board (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • a trust deed (where applicable).

Who is excluded?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:


Before you apply

Read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement. The guidelines provide detailed information on the:

  • grant opportunity, including grant objectives
  • eligibility and merit criteria
  • assessment processes
  • reporting and acquittal requirements
  • review mechanisms.

How to apply

Complete and submit your grant application through the online portal. If you’re using the portal for the first time you will need to set up an account.

Apply for a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • have evidence that your Board or Chief Executive Officer supports the project and the business can complete it

Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

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Key documents

Grant Opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement simple

Board or CEO approval letter

Project budget template