The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry grant provides grants to businesses over a 3 year period to help improve defence skills and HR and training programs. The grants provide between $5,000 and $500,000 and can cover up to 100% of eligible project costs.

For projects to be eligible, they must improve defence-related skills or capability within your organisation and be delivered from one of the following:

  • A registered training organisation (RTO)
  • A tertiary education provider (University or TAFE)
  • An accredited training provider
  • A professional or industry association
  • An appropriately qualified employee in your business, or
  • An original equipment manufacturer (OEM)


Eligible activities include the following:

  • Technical training (project management, design, engineering, logistics, IT support services)
  • HR training and skills development (improving learning across change management, HR, employee training, development facilitation and workforce planning)
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) training.
  • Etc

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a grant, your business must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be non-income tax exempt (unless you are a defence industry association training your own staff or facilitating training to businesses you are representing)
  • Have less than 200 employees that services, or will service the defence industry
  • Meets one of the following requirements:
    • have a current Defence contract
    • be currently tendering or preparing to tender for a Defence contract
    • be a current subcontractor to a Defence prime or contracted through the Prime's supply chain to deliver on Defence projects

and be one of the following entities:

  • An entity, incorporated in Australia
  • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Assessment Criteria

Applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria and then against 3 assessment criteria:

  1. The extent to which your project improves the capacity and capability of your business to service the defence industry sector
  2. Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project
  3. The impact of grant funding on the project

Let a DISP member take you through the process.