On 8 January, the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, formally announced that the Defence Global Competitiveness Grant program is open for applications. Defence Global Competitiveness Grants support eligible SMEs with matched funding grants of up to $150,000 to overcome barriers in accessing export opportunities.

Up to $4.1 million is available each year from 2018-19 to 2027-28. Information about the program, including the grant opportunity guidelines are available here: http://www.business.gov.au/dgc.