Minister for Defence Materiel – Release of the first Australian Industry Capability Plans

The Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the public release of the first Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Plans.

“These plans will prove to be an important source of information for Australian industry, particularly small to medium enterprises,” Dr Kelly said.

“I acknowledge BAE Systems Australia, CSC Australia and Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems for providing the first Public AIC Plans detailing opportunities for Australian industry to compete for work.”

Public AIC Plans are released by contracted Defence suppliers and provide details of expected opportunities for Australian industry involvement in major Defence capability contracts. Plans will be progressively released for all eligible procurements, with a further three expected to be published by the end of February 2013.

The level of detail incorporated into each Public AIC Plan will vary depending on the scope and complexity of the potential Australian industry involvement, and any security or commercial restrictions.

Dr Kelly said the implementation of this reform in Defence is consistent with the Government’s broader commitment to Australian Industry Participation Plans.

“The Government is confident in Australian industry’s capacity and skills base, and we will continue to work with industry to encourage innovation and to assist them to demonstrate their capabilities in global supply chains and on the world stage,” Dr Kelly said.

“I encourage all Australian industry companies with an interest in contributing to Defence, to regularly visit the website and examine the Public AIC plans for business opportunities.”

The first of the public AIC Plans are available at:

Media contacts:

Dr Kelly’s Office: Robbie Rynehart (02) 6277 4840 or 0459 810 654
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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