Get Defence Ready


You may need to improve your business capabilities in specific areas to meet Defence’s requirements. While there’s no standard definition of Defence Ready, your company may need:

  • a history of supply performance (on schedule, on budget and to specification)
  • a broad customer base, which demonstrates supply capacity
  • a broad supplier base to ensure supply continuity
  • an appropriate quality assurance program (such as ISO9001 certification)
  • ownership of intellectual property or authorised re-seller rights with authority to offer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) warranty
  • compliance with security requirements, including cyber security
  • compliance with relevant legislation and codes of conduct
  • Australian and international certifications and accreditations

At a minimum you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

Defence Business Readiness Tool


The Defence Business Readiness Tool (DBRT) has been designed for industry by industry for the benefit of key users including: 

  • small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • defence industry association
  • prime contractors
  • Department of Defence. 

The DBRT is a secure, stand-alone web-based system that allows SMEs to assess themselves against industry best-practices for defence suppliers, help them understand what it means to be Defence Ready and prioritise actions to help them grow their defence business capability.

Check if you're Defence Ready with the Defence Business Readiness Tool.

Assess and improve your business


It’s important to assess the alignment between your business’s capabilities and Defence procurement priorities. This will help you work out where to focus your business development effort.

You will need to understand Defence capability requirements and the types of Defence procurements to work out where your products and services fit so that you can find the right opportunity for your business.

We can help you assess your business’s capabilities and identify development opportunities in the defence industry.

Our free advisory services  provide assistance to small businesses to:

  • navigate the defence market
  • improve business capability
  • participate in local and international supply chains
  • innovate for the defence market
  • identify export opportunities

You can also apply for business grants.

Tendering and differentiation


Defence generally expects products to work first time, every time, and to specification. This is a prerequisite, not a point of difference. The key discriminators are ‘lighter, quicker, stronger’.

Defence requests for tender are published on AusTender. Each request for tender includes a point of contact for questions about the tender.

If you need help preparing tenders, there are private sector consultants who offer this service – your industry association can help you find one. As a government agency the ODIS can’t help you with developing tenders.