New round of Defence Global Competitiveness Grants announced

The latest recipients of the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants to help small businesses to pursue new opportunities in global markets were announced today.

FILE PHOTO: South Australian company Valley Precise Global’s rapid-pipe-repair clamps are already used on American aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford. 

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said this funding would help Australian small businesses overcome barriers to accessing export opportunities, and help build their resilience.

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

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 in this latest round of grants.

Minister Price said Pivot Maritime International was the first Tasmanian company to receive a grant under the program, and would 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 Defence Global Competitiveness Grants can be made at any time through


Defence Global Competitiveness Grants announced today:

Company Grant Amount Details State
RUAG Australia $49,046 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. VIC
Valley Precise Global Pty Ltd $150,000 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. SA
Advanced Navigation Pty Ltd $150,000 To facilitate the manufacture of inertial sensors for autonomous surface, aerial and vessel markets, opening up export opportunities in the US and Europe. NSW
EM Solutions Pty Ltd $76,500 To set up infrastructure to test satellite communication terminal performance, for export to international markets. QLD
Heat Treatment Australia $118,493 To build the infrastructure to meet increased demand for testing components supplied internationally for the F-35 program. QLD
IntelliDesign Pty Ltd $20,700 To assist the company achieve industry accreditation required to compete in international defence export markets. QLD
$46,000 To assist with the manufacture of printed circuit assemblies, enabling the company to produce in-demand components for global supply chains. QLD
Immersaview Pty Ltd $76,100 To support the company increase its export opportunities with improved in-house testing and development capabilities for its products. QLD
Pivot Maritime International Pty Ltd $150,000 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. TAS
Fivecast Pty Ltd $150,000 To assist the company to increase export opportunities for its risks and threat identification analytics software that uncovers threats to national security. SA











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