Industry grants and support

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Overview of Victorian Government defence industry support

The defence sector is a priority industry for Victoria. The Victorian Government seeks to grow and strengthen the industry with a focus on:

  • small to medium-sized enterprises (SME)
  • research and development (R&D) capabilities
  • highly skilled engineering workforce.

The Victorian Government provides ongoing support for a range of key initiatives including:

  • industry development programs
  • subsidised attendance at major trade shows
  • financial support.

These initiatives ensure that the state’s defence sector capabilities continue to grow.

Members of the Defence and Aerospace team at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions are available to discuss your business needs.

For further information about how the Victorian Government can support your business, please contact us at

Defence & Industry Study Course 2023 (DISC 2023)

The Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC) is a seven-month course delivered by Defence and attended by ADF members, defence industry and Federal and State agencies.

DISC 2023 applications close 5pm Monday 6th March 2023. The course costs $10,450 GST inclusive. Businesses intending to nominate staff must lodge applications with Defence.

Find out more about DISC 2023: Defence & Industry Study Course | Business & Industry | Defence

Victorian Government Support for DISC 2023

Separate to applying to Defence to attend DISC, Victorian defence SMEs can apply for Victorian government financial assistance for staff to attend DISC 2023.

  • The Victorian government reimburses up to $5,225 GST inclusive (or 50% of the course fee) for up to five eligible students to attend DISC 2023.
  • To apply for Victorian government support to attend DISC 2023, download and complete the application form below and submit to
  • Seeking Victorian Government support to attend DISC 2023 is a separate process to applying to attend DISC 2023 and must be completed first
  • Applications close 5pm Friday 10th March
  • Following the Defence release of the DISC 2023 panel, Defence and Aerospace will review the applications prior to advising successful businesses.


To download the Victorian Government Support DISC 2023 application form, click on either the PDF or Word version form below.

Application form - VIctorian Government  support DISC 2023

Application form - VIctorian Government  support DISC 2023

Investment Support

The Victorian Government’s Defence and Aerospace team works closely with new market entrants and local companies to help them establish and grow their physical presence in the state.

The Victorian Government offers a dedicated project team to assist potential market entrants by:

  • providing introductions to stakeholders in the defence industry ecosystem and innovation partners with specialised industry and research expertise
  • considering potential support packages
  • delivering a concierge service for site selection and facilitating approvals for development of proposed sites
  • supporting a pipeline of skills development and talent attraction
  • supporting global exports and connections with Victorian Government Trade and Investment offices overseas.

Victorian Land Systems Fund Supply Chain Uplift Program - Applications Open

On Tuesday 6 September, the Victorian Government opened applications for the Victorian Land Systems Fund - Supply Chain Uplift Program. The program will build businesses’ capabilities so they can help Hanwha deliver the Commonwealth Government’s $1 billion Land 8116 Self-Propelled Howitzer program.

Eligible businesses can apply for funding of between $2,000 and $100,000 (exc. GST) to undertake a range of business improvement activities.

For more information about the program visit the Business Victoria website.

Non-Victorian businesses that are interested in establishing operations in Victoria to participate in the Land 8116 program and are seeking investment facilitation support can apply for funding via the Victorian Land Systems Fund - Supply Chain Investment Program stream, by contacting

Exhibit on the Victorian Government Pavilion at AVALON Airshow, INDO PACIFIC and LAND FORCES

The Victorian Government Pavilion hosts around 32 local businesses at each major domestic defence trade show (AVALON Airshow, INDO PACIFIC and LAND FORCES). The Pavilions offer a large, high profile exhibition space for the Victorian defence industry to showcase its capabilities to key decision makers.

To find out how you can exhibit in the Victorian Government Pavilion, visit Victorian Defence Events.

Invest Victoria

Invest Victoria provides investment information, advice and services to companies considering establishing or increasing their presence in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The Invest Victoria team connects investors with local partners.

Invest Victoria tailors support to each investor’s needs, providing specialist advice on:

  • specific industries
  • workforce capabilities
  • industry networks
  • infrastructure.

Find out more about Invest Victoria

Global Victoria

Global Victoria is the Victorian Government’s premier trade facilitation agency and gateway to international economies and networking communities. Victoria has an international network of 23 Victorian Government Trade and Investment offices located in key export markets.

Find out more about Global Victoria

Other Victorian Government support

For a complete list of grants and programs on offer by the Victorian Government, visit the Business Victoria website

Commonwealth Government programs

For a list of support programs run by the Commonwealth Government visit How to get involved in Commonwealth Government Defence programs.

Page last updated 20 Feb 2023
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