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Eleven Australian companies win $8 millions-worth of SICP grants

Rafael’s Spike missile shown here on an armoured vehicle and arming a Tiger ARH. Photo: Varley Rafael Australia

Some 11 Australian defence companies have won more than $8 millions-worth of Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority (SICP) grants Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has announced.

“These grant recipients are making crucial investments to improve their manufacturing capabilities, which is supporting Australia’s sovereign industrial base,” Minister Price said.

“Their dedication and foresight is enabling the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to maintain its leading edge.”

The grants will help local businesses to build resilient critical supply chains in an increasingly uncertain strategic environment, she added. The grants are expected to improve domestic manufacturing capabilities, which helps build Australia’s sovereign industrial capacity to support the ADF.

Since the grants program’s inception in November 2018, 99 grants have been awarded to Australian small and medium businesses, with a combined value of $55.6 million.

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants announced on 5 August:


Company Grant Amount Grant Funding Purpose State
EPE $1,400,000 Development of a world leading specialised unmanned systems proving ground, training area, and supporting Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNe) Sensor Test and Assurance Laboratory specifically for Australian requirements. QLD
Diamond Defence Pty Ltd $290,990 Expansion of fibre-optic manufacturing capability at its Melbourne facility. Will enable locally manufactured, high performance military-spec fibre optic assemblies and harnesses which are not currently available in Australia. VIC
Moog Australia $209,772 Support to acquire and install new specialist equipment. VIC
Novafast International Pty Ltd $1,366,962 Support the acquisition and installation of new robotics equipment for new manufacturing technologies in composite products. SA
Varley Rafael Australia $183,022 Expansion of current Guided Weapons capabilities by setting up and commissioning a SPIKE Launcher assembly line, by upgrading facilities and associated security measures. VIC
HTA Group Pty Ltd $1,069,479 Support the acquisition and installation of specialist equipment for defence and aerospace compliant vacuum hardening processes in Victoria and New South Wales. VIC/NSW
Australian Precision Technologies Pty Ltd $1,054,137 Expansion and update of specialist equipment and current facilities for precision machining and milling. VIC
Able Industries Engineering Pty Ltd $1,395,344 Purchase, construct, install and commission new capital equipment, implement workforce training, skills development and quality accreditation. VIC
Able Industries Engineering Pty Ltd $331,450 Completed required building modifications to enhance the company’s ability to manufacture key components. VIC
Abstec Calibrations Australia Pty Ltd $185,117 Extension of existing laboratory area to meet increased demand from defence industry and to improve their National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) scope of accreditation SA
GW Kewder Engineering Pty Ltd $294,000 Investment in specialist machining tools to continue to support the manufacture of precision components. VIC
Campagno Engineering Pty Ltd $609,266 Acquire and install specialist equipment. VIC

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

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