Building Australian Capability
DMTC’s leadership of industry capability development and technology transfer activities closely aligns with Defence’s focus on increasing opportunities for Australian industry to contribute to sovereign defence capability outcomes.
The Industry Capability Development (ICD) Program is one of the best examples of the way in which DMTC engages across all elements of the national defence industrial sector to build industrial capability and capacity.
Participants gain exposure to innovative technologies, best practice techniques and processes and insights into quality, safety and certification standards expected by Defence. This multi-phase program aims to build capacity and open doors to opportunities in the Defence sector. It also provides mentoring and evidence-based feedback on what SMEs need to do to improve skills.
DMTC’s activities focus on development of industry capability, rather than a specific product. As such, platform independent activities (such as welding productivity improvements) can be addressed independently of design or prime contractor selection, focusing on supply chain improvements and setting context through global best practice benchmarks, standards and quality frameworks.
Expansion areas for the Program include additive manufacturing and casting techniques, and technologies critical to the digitisation of manufacturing.