Going global: helping small defence businesses become export-ready

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

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15 May 2020

The Morrison Government is investing in the continued growth of Australia’s defence industry, with small business export grants helping local businesses to pursue new opportunities in global markets.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, today announced the latest recipients of the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants.

“This funding helps Australian small businesses overcome barriers to accessing export opportunities, and help build their resilience,” Minister Price said.

“By supporting the defence export capability of small and innovative Australian businesses, we are growing our defence industry sector.

“These grants are another way the Morrison Government is supporting our defence industry to keep their wheels turning both during and beyond COVID-19.”

Four companies from Queensland, two from South Australia and one each from Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales are the recipients of a total of nearly $1 million in funding.  

Minister Price said Pivot Maritime International is the first Tasmanian company to receive a grant under the program, and will use the funding to help build a mission maritime bridge simulator system, opening up additional export opportunities.  

“It’s great to see our defence industry growing in all parts of Australia, not just those states with a heavy defence presence,” Minister Price said.

Heat Treatment Australia will use its grant to build the infrastructure to meet increased demand for testing components supplied internationally for the F-35 program.

“Heat Treatment Australia is an excellent example of a small business taking up opportunities in global markets, and how that can lead to businesses growth,” Minister Price said.

“All these companies are a testament to the innovative and competitive spirit of Australia’s defence industry, resulting in greater capability for our Defence Force.”

Applications for the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants program can be made at any time through: www.business.gov.au/dgc.

The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants announced today:


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RUAG Australia


To assist with ICT upgrades, enabling the company to expand its manufacturing of F-35 components and unlock further opportunities with the US Department of Defense.


Valley Precise Global Pty Ltd


To acquire and install machinery to increase the company's monthly production of Rapid Response Clamps, in order to increase export opportunities in the US.


Advanced Navigation Pty Ltd


To facilitate the manufacture of inertial sensors for autonomous surface, aerial and vessel markets, opening up export opportunities in the US and Europe.  


EM Solutions Pty Ltd


To set up infrastructure to test satellite communication terminal performance, for export to international markets.


Heat Treatment Australia


To build the infrastructure to meet increased demand for testing components supplied internationally for the F-35 program. 


IntelliDesign Pty Ltd


To assist the company achieve industry accreditation required to compete in international defence export markets.



To assist with the manufacture of printed circuit assemblies, enabling the company to produce in-demand components for global supply chains.


Immersaview Pty Ltd


To support the company increase its export opportunities with improved in-house testing and development capabilities for its products.


Pivot Maritime International Pty Ltd



To support the design, engineering and commissioning activities to build a full mission maritime bridge simulator system that can be

easily transported to a wide range of locations for immediate employment.


Fivecast Pty Ltd


To assist the company to increase export opportunities for its risks and threat identification analytics software which

uncovers threats to national security.


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