USE THIS ONEThe Australian government has awarded more than A$11 million in grants to 20 Australian small businesses as part of a program that will enhance Australia’s sovereign defence industry. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the latest funding support awarded through the Sovereign Industrial Capability Grants Program will also boost innovation and investment in Australian Defence Force capability. “These grants make a vital contribution to growing Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base,” Price said. “The Morrison Government is committed to safeguarding the livelihoods of all Australians, including small businesses within the defence sector.”

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Grants Program helps drive innovation in small businesses and make them more competitive, especially in the face of COVID-19 challenges. “This funding will allow for even greater cooperation and innovation activities across industry and with Defence.” Price said. “For example, WA-based Franmarine Underwater Services is contributing to our Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise by establishing a new facility to better support underwater maintenance activities. Franmarine’s investment will improve the effectiveness and speed of maintenance activities, helping keep our critical naval vessels available for deployment. Grant applications can be made at any time and can be submitted through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants announced Wednesday include:

CompanyGrant AmountGrant Funding PurposeState
Phasor Innovation$98,138Establish a specialised radio frequency laboratory to enhance testing and design capabilities.VIC
Athinian Valley$189,654Fund plant and equipment that will increase technical capability and capacity.SA
Indra Australia$146,772Establish a secure facility to enable collaboration with Defence and other businesses in the defence sector.NSW
Clearbox Systems$202,570Upgrade security of is facilities to enable enhanced capabilities when developing sensitive technologies.ACT
Q-Ctrl$468,645Hiring of appropriately qualified staff and purchase software to enable the development of electronic warfare capabilities.NSW
Franmarine Underwater Services$949,171Establish a facility to service Royal Australian Navy vessels in maintenance activities.WA
Holmwood Highgate$1,000,000Enhance their ability to manufacture bulk liquid transport equipment serving the commercial, aviation and defence industries.QLD
Aurumtown$1,000,000Upgrade their facilities to increase storage and manufacturing capabilities.VIC
Mactaggart Scott Australia$267,377Enhance its ability to deliver enhanced submarine testing capabilities.SA
Team Zenith$1,000,000Upgrade capital equipment and increase productivity.SA
RUAG Australia$918,935Enhance manufacture of aerospace platform components.VIC
Agent Oriented Software$510,634Enhance ability to test future generation of ADF autonomous, unmanned ground vehicles.VIC
Precision Metal Group$1,000,000Enhance ability to manufacture specialised metal components.NSW
Supacat$541,153Enhance ICT security infrastructure, design engineering capabilities and supply chain integration.VIC
Southern Launch$128,977Develop an overland rocket test range to support sub-orbital launches and satellite recovery for testing and validation of rockets and satellite subsystems.SA
MultiMedia Concepts$137,513Enhance its ability to produce bespoke computer-based training and simulations.NSW
BMP Engineering$757,282Enhance ability to engineer and manufacture complex and precision Defence, Aerospace and munitions components.VIC
IKAD Engineering$1,000,000Enhance ability to manufacture complex components to support Continuous shipbuilding program and Collins class submarine SICPs.WA
Vipac Engineers and Scientists$164,950Purchase and commission of a Shock Testing System to enhance shock test capabilities.VIC
Boss Investments Australia$132,686Purchase of an edge rounding machine to enhance capability to manufacture precision sheet metal components.QLD



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