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Defence and Aerospace Industry Development Fund

The Defence and Aerospace Industry Development (DAID) Fund provides targeted financial assistance to eligible small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in the defence, aerospace or space sectors.

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Program Objective

The International and Industry Certification stream of the DAID Fund program has been established to support Queensland SMEs currently in the defence, aerospace or space sector supply chains, or that demonstrate the capability and intention to do so, to acquire internationally recognised certification which will assist them to participate in new and existing supply chains in the defence, aerospace and space industries.

Funding and support

Financial assistance from $3,000 (excluding GST) up to a maximum of $30,000 (excluding GST) in matched funding (up to 50 per cent funding) will be awarded to approved applicants. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander businesses may apply for up to 75 per cent funding.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, the applicant must at the time of the application:

  • be an SME (i.e. a business with less than 200 employees).
  • operate in Queensland
  • be registered for GST
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be engaged in defence, aerospace, or space supply-chains, or adequately demonstrate the capability and intention to do so
  • be able to fund at least 50 per cent of eligible costs (25 per cent if an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander business) and 100 per cent of all other costs associated with obtaining the relevant certification (including ineligible costs)
  • be a company incorporated in Australia, or a trustee company incorporated in Australia on behalf of a trust.

Important dates

  • 7 October 2022 – DAID Fund Round 3 opens
  • 9 December 2022 (5pm AEST) – DAID Fund Round 3 closes

Forms and resources

Enquiries

Departmental staff in the Defence Jobs Queensland team can provide general advice regarding the DAID Fund, including assessing the eligibility of certifications not listed in the Program Guidelines.

Email: DJQ@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au
Tel.: (07) 3828 2947

Additional support

Frequently asked questions

  • The Defence and Aerospace Industry Development (DAID) Fund has been established to support Queensland small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) currently in the defence, aerospace or space sector supply chains, or that demonstrate the capability and intention to do so, to acquire internationally recognised certification which will assist them to participate in new and existing supply chains in the defence, aerospace and space industries.

  • For the purposes of the DAID Fund an SME is as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as having less than 200 employees.

  • Businesses can apply for between $3,000 and $30,000 (excluding GST) in DAID Fund assistance, on a dollar-for-dollar basis (e.g. total eligible certification costs are $60,000 with at least $30,000 in eligible costs paid for by the applicant and a maximum of $30,000 paid from the DAID Fund).

    Indigenous businesses may apply for up to 75% funding. The same grant limits of $3,000 to $30,000 apply.

    Applicants may only submit one application for assistance.

  • For the purpose of the DAID Fund, an Indigenous business is one that is at least 50% owned by an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Island person(s).

    If you are considering applying for funding as an Indigenous business, you will be required to attach your Supply Nation Registration/Certification. Alternatively, businesses can include details of ownership structure with confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander Heritage from a recognised entity or provide a Statutory Declaration.: https://www.iba.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/014-10-2018_COAform_editable.pdf

  • To make an application under the DAID Fund, a business must complete the online DAID Fund Application Form.

  • Departmental staff in the Defence Jobs Queensland (DJQ) team can provide general advice regarding the DAID Fund, including assessing the eligibility of certifications not listed in the Program Guidelines. Departmental staff at the Ipswich and Townsville Defence Industry Hubs, and staff at the Department’s regional offices can also assist DAID Fund applicants in their region.

    Please note departmental staff are not responsible for developing the business’s application for DAID Fund assistance.

  • Submitted files can be up to 25MB each, however it is recommended to keep files to a maximum of 5MB as the larger the file, the longer the upload time.

  • Recipients of DAID Fund assistance must complete all approved activities within the timeframe stated on the funding agreement with the Department. The maximum timeframe within which applicants must complete approved activities is 18 months from the commencement date specified in the funding agreement.

  • Yes. To apply for DAID Fund assistance it is essential your business currently provides products and services or has the current capability to supply products or services to the defence, aerospace and/or space industries.

  • Pre-certification and certification activities that are already underway prior to opening of the International and Industry Certification Funding stream are not eligible to receive DAID Fund assistance. Only those pre-certification and certification activities, which are eligible and commenced following the opening of the funding stream round, will be considered for reimbursement from the DAID Fund.

  • Applications will be assessed against the eligibility requirements of the program and the DAID Fund assessment criteria listed in the DAID Fund Program Guidelines for the International and Industry Certification Funding stream. During the assessment process, applicants may be contacted and requested to clarify information, or provide further information, to enable full assessment of the application and a due diligence appraisal.

  • The department aims to notify applicants in writing of the outcome of their DAID Fund application within 12 weeks of the DAID Fund application closing date.

  • Yes. The Department is required to comply with all relevant Australian and Queensland laws, including the Privacy Act 1988 and the Right to Information Act 2009 by having appropriate processes in place to secure and protect the privacy of all personal and commercial-in-confidence information.

    In the event your DAID Fund application is successful, you will be contacted by the Department and informed of the amount to be awarded and timing of funding provided. The business name of the recipient and a brief description of the funded activity may be made public by the Department.

  • Yes. Payment from the DAID Fund will be made in arrears of eligible costs incurred, and evidence of payment and the acquisition of the certification(s) provided to the Department (i.e. copies of official receipts issued for payments made; and a copy of the certificate).Claims for payment must be accompanied by an official tax invoice addressed to the Department.

  • No.

  • Under Australian taxation law all government grants are treated as financial assistance payments and may constitute a taxable supply for GST purposes. The Department strongly recommends applicants seek independent professional taxation advice regarding all business tax obligations. All grant payments made by the Department to approved applicants will not include GST.

  • No. Professional fees such as legal and accountancy fees are not considered eligible expenditure. For further information, refer to the list of ineligible activities and costs in the DAID Fund Program Guidelines.

  • To be eligible, your company must be incorporated in Australia, or you must be an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

  • Yes. SMEs with a head office located interstate are eligible to apply. However, the Queensland-based operations must benefit in full from the certifications achieved

  • Yes. SMEs that have fewer than five employees located in Queensland, are eligible to apply. However, in this instance the funding application will need to demonstrate how certification activities will directly benefit the Queensland-based operations.

  • No. While compliance with these regulations is required, it is not necessary to provide evidence of this with your application. However, you will need to ensure that evidence of compliance can be produced if requested by the Department during the application assessment process.

  • A facility can be considered as an SME, and eligible under the DAID Fund, provided it is a separately listed business, i.e. the applicant could still be under the same parent company but needs to be separately incorporated.

    If the applicant is simply a ‘branch office’ then they are not eligible. Note that the applicant would still need to meet all other criteria for eligibility as listed in Section 6 of the DAID Fund Program Guidelines.

  • Additional certifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by DJQ. Potential applicants should seek advice prior to submitting their application via email to DJQ@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au

    The applicant will be required to demonstrate the certification will assist their business to participate in one or more defence, aerospace and/or space supply chains.  For example, if it is required or preferred for a specific tender opportunity which the applicant is pursuing.

    As noted in the DAID Fund Guidelines, certification services must be provided by accredited service providers. This provides assurance to the department and grant applicants of the quality and scope of the funded services.

  • Defence Industry Security Program membership and DISP advisory and uplift services are not eligible for DAID Funding although certification relevant to membership may be considered.

    • DISP Membership is not eligible under the DAID Fund. However, the DAID Fund does recognise DISP membership may be beneficial, or even mandatory for some businesses working with or seeking to work with Defence. As such, certifications which are relevant to DISP membership are eligible to be considered for funding under the DAID Fund. For example:
      • ISO/IEC 27001 and 27002 Information Security Management
    • DISP advisory and uplift services for SMEs – there is no process to accredit service providers to undertake DISP membership assurance activities. In the absence of a specific accreditation related to DISP membership, such services do not meet the DAID Fund requirements.
  • Product accreditation is not eligible under the DAID Fund. The DAID Fund provides targeted financial assistance for QLD businesses to achieve internationally recognised certifications which will assist them to participate in new and existing supply chains in the defence, aerospace and space industries.

  • Yes. Any new version of an eligible certification is also considered eligible under the DAID Fund.

Previous recipients

    • A&O Engineering (Townsville)
    • Aleeda Wetsuits (Burleigh Heads)
    • All Industries Group (Yeppoon)
    • Allweld Manufacturing (Maryborough)
    • Australian Lining Company (Townsville)
    • Beehive Vinyl Products (Townsville)
    • Belco Custom Trailers (Brendale)
    • Black Sky Aerospace (Jimboomba)
    • Brazier Motti (Townsville)
    • Complete Wiring Harnesses (Capalaba)
    • Depth Logistics (Coolangatta)
    • Designworks Defence Systems (West End)
    • Detech Engineering (Townville)
    • Dozer Enterprises (Glenview)
    • Fly Freely (Fortitude Valley)
    • Global Manufacturing Group (Maryborough)
    • Glynn Tucker (Woolloongabba)
    • Grabba Technologies (Tingalpa)
    • Guerrilla Maintenance Services (Ipswich)
    • Helimods (Caloundra)
    • Hoseco Australia (Virginia)
    • ICS Electrical Contractors (Townsville)
    • Infravision (Coolum)
    • Intercorp Technology (Brendale)
    • Jet Engineering Australia (Paget)
    • KDP Electrical (Townsville)
    • Krieger Industries (Townsville)
    • Lateral Project Management (Pullenvale)
    • Metal Sign & Label (Rochedale)
    • Multhana Property Services (Eight Mile Plains)
    • Naeco (Capalaba)
    • Northern Chemicals (Cairns)
    • NQ Electrical (Townsville)
    • NQ Steel Frames (Townsville)
    • Oakstripe Pty Ltd (Mackay)
    • Praxis Aerospace (Brisbane)
    • Premise Group Services (Fortitude Valley)
    • Raydar NQ (Townsville)
    • RRJ Engineering (Meadowbrook)
    • RUD Chains (Larapinta)
    • Sape Industries (Townsville)
    • Tagai Management Consultants (Brisbane)
    • Tuff Yards (Brendale)
    • Upton Engineering and Manufacturing (Gladstone)
    • Waltlock (Townsville)
    • Boss Investments Australia (Gold Coast)
    • Brazier Motti (Townsville)
    • Eveready Group of Companies (Mackay)
    • Fleet Industries (Yeppoon)
    • GJR Technologies (Brisbane)
    • Global Welding Supplies (Townsville)
    • Joe Wagner Group (Toowoomba)
    • Peak ARE (Townsville)
    • Praxis Aerospace (Brisbane)
    • Products for Industry (Brisbane)
    • Protonautics (Brisbane)
    • PWR Performance Products (Ormeau)
    • Taylor Builders (Townsville)
    • Townsville Services Group (Townsville)
    • Upton Engineering and Manufacturing (Gladstone)
    • VE Group (Moura)

Last updated: 07 Oct 2022