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Defence awards $11 million in SICP grants

QLD firm Holmwood Highgate is one of 20 companies to have won a share of $11 millions-worth of SICP Grants. Photo: Holmwood Highgate

Defence has awarded more than $11 million in grants to 20 Australian SMEs as part of a program designed to enhance Australia’s sovereign defence industry.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the latest funding support awarded through the Sovereign Industrial Capability Grants Program will also boost innovation and investment in Australian Defence Force capability.

“These grants make a vital contribution to growing Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base,” Minister Price said.

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Grants Program helps drive innovation in small businesses and make them more competitive, especially in the face of COVID-19 challenges.

“This funding will allow for even greater cooperation and innovation activities across industry and with Defence.” Minister Price said. “For example, WA-based Franmarine Underwater Services is contributing to our Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise by establishing a new facility to better support underwater maintenance activities. Franmarine’s investment will improve the effectiveness and speed of maintenance activities, helping keep our critical naval vessels available for deployment.”

Grant applications can be made at any time and can be submitted through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants announced on 9 September:

Company Grant Amount Grant Funding Purpose State
Phasor Innovation $98,138 Establish a specialised radio frequency laboratory to enhance testing and design capabilities. VIC
Athinian Valley $189,654 Fund plant and equipment that will increase technical capability and capacity. SA
Indra Australia $146,772 Establish a secure facility to enable collaboration with Defence and other businesses in the defence sector. NSW
Clearbox Systems $202,570 Upgrade security of its facilities to enable enhanced capabilities when developing sensitive technologies. ACT
Q-Ctrl $468,645 Hiring of appropriately qualified staff and purchase software to enable the development of electronic warfare capabilities. NSW
Franmarine Underwater Services $949,171 Establish a facility to service Royal Australian Navy vessels in maintenance activities. WA
Holmwood Highgate $1,000,000 Enhance their ability to manufacture bulk liquid transport equipment serving the commercial, aviation and defence industries. QLD
Aurumtown $1,000,000 Upgrade their facilities to increase storage and manufacturing capabilities. VIC
Mactaggart Scott Australia $267,377 Enhance its ability to deliver enhanced submarine testing capabilities. SA
Team Zenith $1,000,000 Upgrade capital equipment and increase productivity. SA
RUAG Australia $918,935 Enhance manufacture of aerospace platform components. VIC
Agent Oriented Software $510,634 Enhance ability to test future generation of ADF autonomous, unmanned ground vehicles. VIC
Precision Metal Group $1,000,000 Enhance ability to manufacture specialised metal components. NSW
Supacat $541,153 Enhance ICT security infrastructure, design engineering capabilities and supply chain integration. VIC
Southern Launch $128,977 Develop an overland rocket test range to support sub-orbital launches and satellite recovery for testing and validation of rockets and satellite subsystems. SA
MultiMedia Concepts $137,513 Enhance its ability to produce bespoke computer-based training and simulations. NSW
BMP Engineering $757,282 Enhance ability to engineer and manufacture complex and precision Defence, Aerospace and munitions components. VIC
IKAD Engineering $1,000,000 Enhance ability to manufacture complex components to support Continuous shipbuilding program and Collins class submarine SICPs. WA
Vipac Engineers and Scientists $164,950 Purchase and commission of a Shock Testing System to enhance shock test capabilities. VIC
Boss Investments Australia $132,686 Purchase of an edge rounding machine to enhance capability to manufacture precision sheet metal components. QLD


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