Defence Industry Policy represents ABDI's advocacy for a conceptual framework to provide a structure within which the defence industry can grow over the longer term.

Policy priorities

At its DWP 2015 submission ABDI advocated the need for a conceptual framework for defence industry policy based on three “framing and guiding principles” (the external view) and three “industrial themes” (the internal view).  The proposed framework is designed to provide a structure within which defence industry can grow over the longer term in a manner aligned with the attainment of national strategic goals. The resultant local defence industry capabilities would therefore be most relevant to prevailing and emerging strategic circumstances.  

The key aspects of the conceptual framework are outlined below:

Framing and Guiding Principles
•    Strategic Alignment
•    Indigenous Industry as a Capability
•    Creation of the Current and Future Investment Environment

Industrial Themes
•    Mitigation of Strategic Risks
•    Maximise Domestic Economic Activity
•    Innovation

In addition, in order to have relevance, the defence industry policy needs to be linked to real world activities through a number of Fundamental Inputs to Industrial Capability (FIIC).  These FIIC are:
•    In-country facilities
•    Skilled and Available Workforce
•    Access to Intellectual Property and Design Information
•    Sustainable workflow
•    Access to Capital
•    National Infrastructure
 The development of the framework has been informed by an ongoing analysis of DMO Contracting trends covering the period 2007/08 to 2013/14.  The analysis provides valuable insights into the nature and structure of the local defence industry by investigating trends associated with where the money goes, how much is contracted into Australia, etc.  ABDI members receive regular updates on ther results of the analysis as it progresses.

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