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New Centre for Defence Industry Capability seeks to drive innovation and competitiveness

A new initiative will bring together the Australian Defence Force and businesses all across the country."

On March 8, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Minister of Defence Marise Payne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne and local MP Steven Marshall to confirm that a $230 million, 10-year investment into a brand new Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) will be headquartered in Adelaide.

What to expect from the CDIC

The CDIC will work directly with small and medium businesses, offering services from mentoring to assistance in functional areas such as supply chain management. It will be led by an advisory board of both defence and industry leaders, complemented by satellite advisors across Australia to increase accessibility for all businesses.

The new initiative is set to enhance the relationship between defence and commercial sectors, creating a multitude of new jobs that will drive national economic growth when it opens later this year.

It's placement in Adelaide is closely related to plans to revitalise the RAAF's submarine and frigate fleets, as the Navy headquarters are located near Adelaide at Keswick Barracks.

Updating the Defence/Industry relationship

The CDIC is a tangible demonstration of the commitment to enhancing the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) capacity for ongoing innovation, as outlined in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy (DIP), which was released alongside the Defence White Paper in February.

The DIP articulated four areas of focus, based on facilitating future collaborations between the ADF and potential private sector partners:

  • Enhancing ADF capability by building transparent relationships with industry.
  • Cooperating with industry and academia to offer a fresh approach to innovation.
  • Increasing opportunities for Australian business to collaborate with the ADF.
  • Supporting government to reduce barriers and increase efficiency within the relationship.

If the CDIC is a success, the ADF will reach their goal of becoming "a capable, agile and potent" defence force.

Working together to achieve an ambitious goal

$1.6 billion is allocated to achieving these four objectives over the coming decade, but they are all largely reliant on the success of the CDIC. If all goes well, the ADF will reach their goal of becoming "a capable, agile and potent" defence force.

As well as $230 million set aside for the CDIC, $730 million of the budget is dedicated to a Next Generation Technologies Fund, which will uncover new realms of opportunity. The remaining $640 million will go towards a Defence Innovation Hub, which will help create innovation opportunities.

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