Industry Capability

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.

Update – 4 October 2021

The Victorian Government has launched a Smart Enough Factory program to assist local small to medium sized defence businesses to modernise their design and manufacturing processes. The program is delivered by DMTC Limited and will assist businesses to adopt digital technologies, enhance operational performance and manufacturing productivity and create opportunities in defence supply chains.

Five businesses – Australian Precision Technologies, APV Corporation, A.W. Bell, Heat Treatment Australia and Ronson Gears – are participating in a pilot program. The full-scale program will run for an initial three years and support up to 20 businesses annually. Victorian companies can express an interest in joining future phases of the program here.

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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.

Benefit to Industry

Participants gain exposure to innovative technologies, best practice techniques and processes and insights into quality, safety and certification standards expected by Defence. The multi-phase ICD 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.