Industry Engagement Services

Australian businesses can access free industry engagement services to improve their business capabilities, extend networks and take advantage of opportunities in the defence sector.

What you get?

Up to 10 days of support over 12 months from an expert. The service is tailored to your business needs and may include:

  • guidance and mentoring
  • connecting you with relevant Defence capability areas or other businesses
  • a detailed analysis of your business to identify, recommend and prioritise business improvement and skills development opportunities
  • analysis of defence-specific training needs
  • help to access domestic and global supply chains and export opportunities
  • guidance to understand the defence sector’s supply requirements 
  • help to present your innovative ideas to Defence

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized Australian businesses that have, or are developing, products or services that can be applied to Defence.

How it works

The Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) has a network of experienced industry engagement specialists around Australia. They will:

If you’re allocated a facilitator, they will:

  • contact you to arrange a meeting
  • help you navigate the defence market, including the entry points, procurement processes and relevant Defence capability area
  • provide an advisory services report that includes an assessment of your business and recommendations to better position you in the defence industry or your supply chain
  • help implement report recommendations for your business
  • provide additional support as required.


Eligibility criteria

Your business must:

  • have, or be developing, products or services that have a specific defence application
  • require defence-specific support that cannot be provided through other government assistance
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

It must also be one of the following types:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)
  • a Defence Future Capability Technology Centre (DFCTC).

You can make a joint application. Eligibility will be assessed on the lead applicant, who must be the main driver of the project.

Ineligible businesses

Your business is not eligible to apply if it is:

  • an income tax exempt corporation (with the exception of CRCs and DFCTCs)
  • an individual, partnership or trust (but an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a government agency or body at any level (including government business enterprises).


How to apply

Complete and submit your service 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 service

Make sure you check the eligibility criteria.

What happens after you apply

ODIS will assign an industry engagement specialist to work with you. They will contact you to arrange a meeting.

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.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia