The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) grant program closed on 31 March 2024. This grant program is being revised and will open as a new stream within the Defence Industry Development Grant program in mid-2024.

Skilling Australia's Defence Industry Grants Program 

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants provide businesses servicing the defence sector with upskilling and training opportunities to build skills capacity and capability to meet current or future Defence needs.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

A grant between $5,000 and $500,000 to undertake various defence skills training activities.

You may apply for multiple grants or group multiple eligible activities into one application.

The funding is capped at $500,000 in a six-year period from 2020–21 to 2025–26 for:

  • each eligible business; and
  • each industry association which is applying for funding to train their own staff.

Who is this for?

  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that currently have a Defence contract, are tendering for one, are a subcontractor to a defence prime or contracted through the Prime's supply chain to deliver on defence projects.
  • Defence Industry Associations training their own staff or facilitating training to businesses they are representing.
  • Defence Industry Associations applying for funding for eligible activities for the eligible businesses they are representing.


The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program will provide grants to businesses over three years to help develop defence sector skills and human resources practices and training plans.

The program aims to:

  • reduce barriers faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector when upskilling or retraining staff
  • develop skills within SMEs in the defence sector
  • support SMEs in the defence sector to establish human resources practices and training plans that will build lifelong learning activities into their business

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample grant agreement - simple

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Sample application form

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Application budget tool

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