Centre for Defence Industry Capability

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) supports Australian businesses entering or working in the defence industry. The CDIC:

  • helps businesses navigate the defence market
  • provides specialist advice on improving competitiveness and accessing global markets
  • facilitates connections between businesses and Defence
  • links Australian innovators and researchers to the Defence Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund
  • undertakes sector-wide projects to support industry development

The CDIC is headquartered in Adelaide, with advisers and facilitators across all the states and territories to form a national advisory network. They are supported by AusIndustry's outreach network, which extends the CDIC's reach to regional areas.

The CDIC's mission is to work with industry and Defence to build a world-class, globally competitive and sustainable Australian industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability. It partners with industry, Defence, and state and territory governments to combine knowledge and networks towards this goal.

Visit www.business.gov.au/cdic

Call 13 28 46

Email cdic@industry.gov.au

CDIC Review


In December 2019 the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, commissioned the co-chairs of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) Advisory Board, Ms Kate Carnell AO and Mr Tony Fraser AO,CSC to undertake a review of the CDIC.

The CDIC is the cornerstone of the Government’s strategy for building positive and productive Defence-industry partnerships. Its mission is to work with industry and Defence to build a world class, globally competitive and sustainable Australian industry as a Fundamental Input to defence capability.

To learn more about the CDIC you can visit www.business.gov.au/cdic.

For further information on the CDIC Review, click on the link below.

Media release


The CDIC review will assess the current operational model and ensure it can continue supporting the enduring growth of Australian sovereign defence industry now and into the future. The review will offer an opportunity to strengthen CDIC delivery, clarify role and assess its capacity to continue to support and meet the needs of small and regional businesses looking to enter the defence market or grow their industry footprint.

Terms of Reference

The Minister for Defence Industry approved the Terms of Reference (ToR). The ToR outline the overarching purpose and context that forms the review, the ToR also outlines the criteria that will be applied throughout the process.

CDIC Review Terms of Reference

Discussion Paper

Click here to view a copy of the discussion paper.

About this paper and how to approach your submission

We are seeking stakeholder input on the framework of programs and functional operation of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) that collectively makes up its core defence industry development function.

This discussion paper provides a summary of the three core activities performed by the CDIC as outlined in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement and further clarified in recent defence industry policy statements:

  • To develop Australian industry
  • Facilitate innovation
  • Facilitate defence specific business competitiveness and exports

This discussion paper is a guide only; a summary of historical information and is not intended to be prescriptive. Your submission may go beyond the issues raised in the discussion paper if they are relevant to the Terms of Reference.

Questions have been incorporated in the paper to prompt thought and to guide discussion on critical issues and options for consideration.

You may wish to comment only on areas of interest or issues raised in the Terms of Reference.

You may wish to make a brief comment based on the following statement:

Review Governance

The Minister for Defence Industry commissioned the co-chairs of the CDIC Advisory Board to lead the review and report to the Minister by mid-2020. Kate Carnell (Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman) and Tony Fraser (Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group) are independent of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) but have significant interest and commitment to the long-term success of the CDIC. The CDIC Advisory Board's primary role is to bring together Australian defence industry leaders and senior public sector representatives to provide guidance and strategic direction for the CDIC.

The co-chairs have appointed an external consulting firm to conduct the review to ensure the independence of the review from the CDIC, DISER and the Department of Defence (Defence). The consultants will lead the stakeholder engagement; analyse feedback, draft recommendations and report to the co-chairs.

Supporting the co-chairs leading the review, and the consultants conducting the review, is a small Secretariat consisting of staff from ASBFEO, DISER and Defence who will provide planning, research, quality assurance, stakeholder management, communications and logistics.

Consultation and how to contribute

All interested parties are invited to provide written submissions to the review based on the Terms of Reference and or this discussion paper.

There are two ways to contribute:

Make a brief comment via email to CDIC.REVIEW@defence.gov.au.

Make a written submission by providing a more substantial written submission to the review of the CDIC. Submissions should be lodged via email to CDIC.REVIEW@defence.gov.au. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses in Word or PDF format.

We encourage you to provide your submission as early as possible as this feedback will shape our thinking and inform further consultation as the review progresses.

Submissions have now closed.

Meet with us by registering your interest with us. You can email CDIC.REVIEW@defence.gov.au with your name and contact details. We will try to meet with as many people and businesses as possible during our consultation period.

* Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings will be conducted via telephone or video conference.

For enquiries, please contact CDIC.REVIEW@defence.gov.au

Please note that we do not intend to publish comments or submissions. We will also not release confidential comments or submissions to anyone without your consent unless required by law. In the case of a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) there are likely to be relevant exemptions to production (including for material obtained in confidence and personal information). We would consult you about any FOI request before any decision is made about releasing information.

Key Dates

  • Review begins: 15 April 2020
  • Consultation commences: 15 April 2020
  • Consultation closes: 24 May 2020
  • Review findings and recommendations provided to Government: July 2020

Final Report Released

  • The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, has released the CDIC Review Report, including all recommendations and findings. See link below for the report, the Government’s response and Minister’s media release.

          CDIC Review Report 

          Government’s Response 

          Media Release 

Contact Us

For general enquires about the review, please email: CDIC.REVIEW@defence.gov.au