Delivering Defence capability through Australian industry growth and innovation
The Defence Innovation Hub, one of the Australian Government’s flagship Defence innovation programs, invests in innovative technologies that can enhance Defence capability and grow the Australian defence industry and innovation sector.
The changing strategic environment and the rapid pace of technological advancement are challenging Defence’s capability advantage. Defence’s commitment to supporting innovation, in partnership with Australian industry and academia, is at the heart of Defence's response to these challenges. The Government has invested around $3 billion over the next decade in Defence innovation as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan. Of this funding, $800 million is being invested in the Defence Innovation Hub through to 2030.
The Defence Innovation Portal is open 365 days a year for Australian and New Zealand businesses and research organisations (with an ABN or NZBN) to submit their proposal for an innovative idea that could have a Defence application. The Hub invests in a broad range of technologies at different phases of maturity from the early concept stage through to demonstration, prototyping and integration. More information on the Defence Innovation Hub and how to apply, visit the Resources page.
New Hub Videos Released
Two videos have been released that provide useful information about the Defence Innovation Hub and the submission process. The "About the Hub" video provides a general overview of the Defence Innovation Hub – one of Australia’s flagship Defence innovation programs. The "What you need to know about the submission process" provides information to help innovators understand the Hub’s submission and assessment process.
Defence Innovation Hub Exemplars Published
The Defence Innovation Hub is pleased to advise the publication of additional guidance for innovators developing Hub submissions. These documents are intended to support innovators throughout the submission process.
The guidance includes a hints and tips guide for good submissions and exemplars for both the Call for Submission (CFS) stage and the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, click here.
Defence Innovation Hub update – June 2020
The Hub remains fully operational and will continue to invest in innovative Australian businesses during the COVID 19 crisis.
We are continuing to assess proposals that have already been submitted and to award contracts for proposals that meet Defence’s priorities – and we remain open for the submission of new innovation proposals.
If you require assistance in answering the questions that are on the Hub’s proposal form, you should contact the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) on 13 28 46 or visit www.business.gov.au/cdic.
If you have a specific inquiry relating to a proposal or contract that is currently with the Hub, please send your query using Online enquiry form.
If you are having technical difficulties when it comes to completing the proposal form, please use the Hub’s Online enquiry form.