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 (SMEs)
  • 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, Skills, Industry 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

Victorian Land Systems Fund Supply Chain Uplift Program - Applications Open

On Tuesday 6 September 2022, 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.

To apply and for more information 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 us at

Upskilling Program: Digital Jobs for Manufacturing

The Digital Jobs for Manufacturing Victorian manufacturing businesses access to fully subsidised digital skills training for their staff. Training courses are fully subsidised and valued at up to $5,000 each.

Online training is delivered by leading training providers, on a part-time basis over 12 weeks - allowing your staff to continue to work while studying.

New Courses Commencing in March 2024

Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance for Leaders – Monash College

Change and Digital Manufacturing: How to lead your business through the digitisation journey – Monash College

De-mystifying Industry 4.0 for Leaders – Swinburne University of Technology

Digital Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 Awareness and Experience: 1 Day Workshop for Leaders – Swinburne University of Technology

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 at the next trade show, visit Victorian Defence Events.

Defence & Industry Study Course (DISC 2024)

Applications for Victorian Government support

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.

The course costs $11,000 GST inclusive. DISC 2024 applications closed 5pm Friday 1st March 2024.

Victorian Government Support for DISC 2024

DISC provides unparalleled access to Defence and the sector for industry. The benefits for industry to attend are invaluable and the Victorian Government is offering funding of up to $5,500 excluding GST for attendance of employees of eligible businesses.

The process for seeking Victorian Government assistance is separate to applying to Defence to attend DISC. Victorian defence SMEs that have submitted applications to Defence for staff to attend DISC 2024 can also apply for Victorian government financial assistance for staff to attend the course. These applications will be assessed against a set of program guidelines following Defence advice on the final panel for the course.

Please note:

  • The Victorian government is offering funds of up $5,500 excluding GST (or 50% of the course fee) for up to five participants from eligible Victorian businesses to attend DISC.
  • To apply for Victorian Government assistance the participants and businesses must have submitted an application to Defence to attend DISC 2024.

The application form to apply for Victorian Government assistance to attend DISC 2024 is attached below.

Application form - Victorian Government support to attend DISC 2024

All applications for Victorian Government assistance must be submitted to and applications close 5pm Friday 29 March 2024.

Find out more about DISC: Defence and Industry Study Course 2024 | Defence

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.

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 Mar 2024
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