Backing Aussie small business innovation to boost Defence capability

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology


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Ben Spencer (Minister Price’s office): +61 412 754 310
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29 September 2021

Ten Australian businesses will seek to solve some of Defence’s biggest capability challenges after they were awarded Morrison Government contracts totalling close to $3 million.

The companies will respond to a range of identified Defence capability challenges, including cyber security, enhanced human performance, medical countermeasures, trusted autonomous systems, and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. 

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contracts provided important support for innovative Australian micro and small businesses focused on developing game-changing technologies for Australia’s defence.  

The funding is part of Defence’s $36 million Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA) – unveiled in August 2020 – which forms part of the Next Generation Technologies (NGTF) initiative. 

“The ICERA program expands on this Government’s support for small-and-medium businesses, enabling them to innovate and deliver cutting-edge capability to the ADF,” Minister Price said. 

“I am proud of the Morrison Government’s support for progressive, innovative Australian SMEs. 

“These companies frequently demonstrate their ability to respond to the various capability challenges identified by Defence with agility and tenacity.” 

The following final 10 ICERA partners will receive up to $300,000 each.

NGTF Theme

Company Name

State/

Territory

Enhanced Human Performance

Neoculi Pty Ltd

VIC

Cyber

Sirius-Beta

QLD

Medical Countermeasure Products

Regeneus Ltd

NSW

Enhanced Human Performance

Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd

VIC

Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Vestia Pty Ltd

VIC

Trusted Autonomous Systems

AIM Defence

VIC

 

Cyber

Operational Systems

SA

Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Daronmont Technologies

SA

Enhanced Human Performance

Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd

SA

Trusted Autonomous Systems

DEWC Systems Pty Ltd

SA

 

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