The Guide was launched by Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, and Ai Group national president Chris Jenkins. It contains:

  • industry tips
  • industry case studies
  • links to relevant resources and templates
  • guidance on further assistance and key contacts

Developed with input from Defence and industry, the information contained in the Guide has been designed to assist businesses in putting together their Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) applications.

The development of this guide has been a genuine team effort, drawing on deep expertise and connections across Government, Defence, Australian defence industry and industry associations. It has been developed by industry for industry and will help businesses understand what they need to do to improve their security practices.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP

Working Securely with Defence Guide

The Guide will help businesses meet the challenges of implementing necessary security measures to be ready to access opportunities and win work in the defence supply chain, in turn supporting the Government’s $270 billion investment in Defence capability over the next decade.

The purpose of the Guide is to:

  • detail the pathway for businesses to become eligible for classified and sensitive Defence work through participation in the DISP
  • provide practical guidance, tools and expert advice to help protect Australian organisations from a range of security threats
  • help build the competitiveness and security resilience of the Defence industry sector through good security practices
  • assure international investors and partners of industry’s commitment to Defence security

The Guide has been designed as a companion document to the DISP website and should be read in conjunction with all information provided by Defence.

What is the Defence Industry Security Program?

The DISP, managed by the Defence Industry Security Office (DISO), supports Australian businesses to understand and meet their security obligations when engaging in Defence projects, contracts and tenders.


  • helps businesses to meet Defence security requirements when delivering Defence contracts and tenders
  • gives businesses access to Defence security advice and support services
  • helps businesses better understand and manage security risks
  • provides confidence and assurance to Defence and other government entities (either Australian or foreign) when procuring goods and services from industry members

DISP membership is open to any Australian business looking to become part of the Defence supply chain.

Where can I find the Guide?

You can download the Guide from the DISP resource page.

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