Global Supply Chain Program

The Global Supply Chain Program aims to increase the number of Australian small to medium-sized enterprises (SME's), universities and research organisations embedded in the supply chains of the multinational defence prime contractors. The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) manages the Global Supply Chain Program (GSCP) on behalf of Defence and the eight prime contractors involved in the program: BAE Systems, Boeing, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rheinmetall and Thales.

The primes are funded by Defence to establish a GSC team within their company to:

  • identify opportunities across their business units and at all technology readiness levels to provide these opportunities to Australian companies;
  • identify, assess and qualify capable Australian companies to be part of their global supply chain;
  • provide mentoring, training and regular feedback, including why a company was successful or unsuccessful in its tender;
  • organise meetings for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with key decision-makers within the Primes and provide advocacy overseas, including at Team Defence Australia trade events; and
  • work with the other Primes’ GSC teams to grow Australian industry, share information to boost exports, and reduce the burden on the SME.

To learn more about the GSCP please visit

Global Supply Chain Program 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.

Reviewing the GSCP was one of the recommendations of the independent review of the CDIC, which was delivered in 2020.

The GSCP works with industry and Defence to build a world class, globally competitive and sustainable Australian industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability.

For further information on the GSCP Review, please read Minister's media release.


The review’s objective is to evaluate the GSCP’s performance, and the degree of alignment and support to Defence’s current and emerging needs to develop a robust, resilient and internationally-competitive Australian sovereign defence industrial base and secure supply chains.

The review will offer an opportunity to strengthen the GSCP, and assess its capacity to continue to support and meet the needs of small and medium businesses looking to enter the supply chain of the defence prime contractors.

Terms of Reference

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

Consultation Process

The Review will engage a wide range of stakeholders including industry, industry associations, state and territory governments and individuals or groups with an interest in the GSCP.

All interested parties are invited to email: We encourage you to express your interest as early as possible to inform consultation as the review progresses.

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 otherwise 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 material obtained in confidence and personal information). We will consult you about any FOI request before any decision is made about releasing information.

Review Governance

The Department of Defence has appointed an Independent Reviewer, Lisa Paul, to lead the Review. The Reviewer will lead the stakeholder engagement; analyse feedback; draft recommendations; and report to senior Defence officials and the Minister for Defence Industry.

Lisa Paul AO PSM was Secretary (CEO) of several federal Australian government departments of state from 2004 to 2016. She served Prime Ministers Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull. She worked with Cabinet Ministers Dr Brendan Nelson, Julie Bishop, Julia Gillard, Chris Evans, Peter Garrett, Bill Shorten, Simon Crean, Christopher Pyne and Simon Birmingham. In 2016 she left the public service to pursue a portfolio career which has included being a member of the Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board from 2017-2020 offering oversight to Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding program.

Lisa chairs a review into Initial Teacher Education appointed by education minister the Hon Alan Tudge MP. She also chairs headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and also the Audit Committee of the Australian Academy of Science. She is a director of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, the Future Battery Industry Cooperative Research Centre, and Bond University Council. She advises APM, an employment services company. In 2020 she accepted an executive role with the Business Council of Australia, leading an initiative chaired by General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(mil) CVO MC (RETD) to help communities and their small businesses recover from the summer 2019-2020 bushfires.

Key Dates

  • Review begins: 1 July 2021
  • Consultation commences: 9 August 2021
  • Consultation closes: 3 September 2021
  • Review findings and recommendations provided to Government: October 2021

Contact Us

For general enquires about the review, please email