(l-r) Chief Defence Force General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty, Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, and Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Tony Fraser AO, CSC, open the Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) branch in Brindabella Business Park, Canberra.

ODIS was officially opened by the Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Science and Technology, in Canberra on 26 November 2021. The ODIS replaces the Centre for Defence Industry Capability as the one-stop shop for defence industry support and guidance.

ODIS will provide refocussed business support for the Defence industry – creating a seamless experience for businesses to engage with Defence. It will be the trusted link for Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to enter – or expand their footprint – in the Defence industry.

ODIS will employ a proactive strategy to support businesses as they build capability that aligns with Defence’s requirements, throughout the capability lifecycle. The core function of ODIS – throughout its offices around Australia – will be to provide advisory, guidance and mentoring services to SMEs.

Australian industry is being supported through a number of programs, pathways and capability development to ensure they meet Defence’s sovereign needs. ODIS will work with state and territory agencies, industry associations, SMEs, and Primes, to position Defence industry to deliver capability to equip and sustain our Australian Defence Force.

SMEs can engage with ODIS staff through a number of pathways:

  • On-site visits in capital cities and regional locations across Australia
  • Outreach programs, workshops, networking events and trade shows – rolled out nationally
  • Online resources where businesses can access information, tools and services
  • Monthly e-newsletters.

Key services


A number of key services are being provided by ODIS:

  • Specialist Defence business advice to increase the competitiveness of Australian Defence SMEs so they have the capability to easily integrate into supply chains and grow to become competitive Defence providers
  • Direct linkages to Defence procurement programs through proactively identifying needs of Defence capability managers and delivery groups
  • Identify current SMEs who can meet Defence needs in the short term and assist to build the capability of Defence industry to meet the needs of Defence over longer time horizons
  • Direct linkages to Defence end users to support innovative industry initiatives
  • Assist SMEs to work with end users and existing Defence programs to support greater innovative industry outcomes
  • Tailor grants to assist the development of SMEs to meet Defence requirements in the short, medium and long terms
  • Work closely with other key Australian Government initiatives – such as the Entrepreneur’s Program - external site and the Australian Space Agency - external site – as well as initiatives at the state and territory government level.

ODIS Offices


An ODIS office will be established in each state and territory. Industry engagement teams will travel to key areas across the country, delivering rolling programs at Mobile Defence Industry Hubs. Industry can experience a full range of services and hear from experts. Targeted support will be made available to regional and Indigenous businesses.

Business support will be tailored to the specific needs of each regional area, building upon the services provided by ODIS staff in each state and territory. This support will include Indigenous outreach programs, with regional support based on consultation and analysis of specific requirements. ODIS can also provide dedicated support to regionally-based SMEs.

Evaluation


As part of ODIS’ flexible and adaptable approach, regular reviews of key services will be conducted to ensure we are meeting the needs of Australian industry and Defence.

Contact


Call on 13 28 46 or email odis.contact@defence.gov.au.

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