The Implementation Plans were released alongside the Department of Defence’s detailed Industry Plans. Minister Price said that the implementation plans provide useful information to businesses who already operate with defence, and those who aspire to join the industry, to invest in a way that best supports the australian defence force’s capability needs.

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities

The initial 10 Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (SICPs) were identified in the 2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan. They’re the Australian industrial capabilities that are assessed as critical to Defence and must be developed or supported by Australian industry. Therefore Australia must have access to, or control over, the essential skills, technology, intellectual property, financial resources and infrastructure as and when required.

SICP Implementation and Industry Plans

Each of the Implementation Plans and supporting Industry Plans further support the partnership between Defence and industry by building a shared understanding of the critical industrial capabilities underpinning these priorities.

The Plans describe how Defence will work with industry to build and grow sovereign industrial capabilities. Their intent is to support industry’s business planning and investment decisions to align with Defence priorities. The Plans also provide guidance to align capability decisions with Defence’s strategic intent and broader policies.

'The latest Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plans outline the growing importance of the information and cyber domain in the modern battlespace.'

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

The new plan follows the release of the:

  • Combat clothing, and the Munitions and small arms plans in December 2019
  • the Land combat and protected vehicles plan in August 2020
  • the Aerospace platform deeper maintenance and structural integrity and Enhanced active phased array radar and passive radar capability plans in November 2020

Implementation and Industry Plans for the remaining priorities will be released by the end of 2020.

Where can I view the plans?

The released plans can be viewed on the Department of Defencewebsite, along with more information on the Defence Industrial Capability Plan and Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

You can also apply for a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant to help your business build industrial capabilities that contribute to one or more of the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. For more information and to apply, visit our Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant page.

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