Implementation and Industry Plans

The 2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan outlined the Government’s long-term vision to build and develop a robust, resilient and internationally competitive Australian Defence industrial base that is better able to help meet Defence capability requirements.

The Defence Industrial Capability Plan introduced ten initial Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (the Priorities), and noted Defence would develop Implementation Plans for each Priority. These Implementation Plans outline critical industrial capabilities for each Priority, describe the existing Australian defence industry sector and outline the actions to be taken by Government to support the development of each Priority.

Alongside these Implementation Plans, Defence will release Industry Plans to unpack the industrial capabilities that need to be delivered or supported by Australian industry, and encourage greater investment in those capabilities.

On 23 December 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry released the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plan for the Test, evaluation, certification and systems assurance Priority.

While recognising Defence’s long-standing partnership with industry in this area, both Defence and industry need to adapt test and evaluation methodologies to effectively respond to changes in our strategic environment.

The Implementation Plan highlights Defence’s future test and evaluation requirements for emerging technologies, particularly within the information and cyber domain, and outlines potential areas of future cooperation between industry and Defence.

The Department of Defence simultaneously released the Industry Plan for this Priority.

On 8 December 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry released two more Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plans:

  • Advanced signal processing; and
  • Surveillance and intelligence.

These Priorities are closely linked and are served by a single industrial base comprised of data scientists, software engineers, and specialist electronics engineers.

The Advanced signal processing Plan covers the industrial capabilities required to design and develop tactical sensor technologies used to gather data, and the underpinning in-sensor analysis that occurs to manipulate this data.

The Surveillance and intelligence Plan highlights the requirement to integrate our sensor networks and share data across the Joint Force and with coalition partners to process raw data and information into actionable intelligence.

The Department of Defence simultaneously released the Industry Plans for these Priorities.

Implementation and Industry Plans for the remaining Priorities will be released throughout 2020.

On 18 November 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry released the Enhanced active phased array and passive radar capability Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plan. The Department of Defence simultaneously released the detailed Industry Plan.

These Plans highlight the critical industrial capabilities and enablers we need in Australia to maintain and grow our world-leading radar capability, and contribute to the development of a sovereign defence industrial base.

Implementation and Industry Plans for the remaining Priorities will be released throughout 2020.

On 12 November 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry released the Aerospace platform deeper maintenance and structural integrity Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan is accompanied by the Department of Defence’s detailed Industry Plan.

These Plans encourage the development of a sovereign defence industrial base by emphasising the industrial skills and capabilities we need in Australia. Developing a robust, resilient and internationally-competitive industrial base will help the Australian Defence Force to achieve its strategic objectives, by ensuring we have access to the industrial capabilities we need, when we need them.

On 13 August 2020, the Minister for Defence Industry released the Land combat and protected vehicles and technology upgrades Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan was released alongside the Department of Defence’s detailed Industry Plan.

The Plans provide Defence and industry with a clear understanding of the critical industrial capabilities underpinning each priority that Defence requires access to or control over. The intent is to support industry’s business planning and investment decisions to align with Defence priorities. The Plans also provide guidance to align capability decisions with Defence’s strategic intent and broader policies.

On 17 December 2019, the Minister for Defence Industry released the first tranche of Implementation Plans, covering the following Priorities:

  • Combat clothing survivability and signature reduction technologies; and
  • Munitions and small arms research, design, development and manufacture.

The Department of Defence simultaneously released the corresponding Industry Plans for these Priorities.