The Australian Department of Defence has implemented the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) to minimise third party risk and enforce strict cybersecurity standards on contractors they work with. The program outlines a number of requirements across 4 key outcomes:

  • Governance
  • Personal Security
  • Physical Security
  • Information security

Red Piranha is DISP certified, so we intimately understand the journey and the DISP ecosystem. We offer a comprehensive range of DISP solutions to get you secure and certified. Our sovereign capability provides supply chain assurance across these 4 key outcome areas. As your trusted DISP partner, we can help with:

  • DISP assessments
  • DISP ASR (Annual Security Report)
  • DISP accreditation
  • Cybersecurity solutions
  • ODIS grants advisory
  • Cybersecurity consulting services


The Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) offers free advisory and facilitation services for eligible defence sector SMEs and can help you to:

  • Understand the Defence industry
  • Learn how to engage with Defence
  • Position yourself to succeed in the defence supply chain

This program can help you improve your business processes to become more competitive in the defence industry. If approved for the advisory and facilitation services, you will be offered one of the following:

  • A facilitator for up to 2 days a week for 4 weeks who will help you understand how to navigate the defence market, the entry points, procurement processes and how to connect with relevant Defence capability areas
  • A business adviser for up to 10 days over a period of 12 months who will:
    • Provide an advisory services report within the first 4 months, including a holistic assessment of your business and recommendations to better position you in the defence industry or your supply chain
    • Help you to implement these recommendations in the following 7 months.

As part of an advisory or facilitation service, your business adviser may recommend specific business improvements or skills development opportunities that may be eligible for support under one or more grant programs.

More information can be found in the ODIS Fact Sheet.


Various grants are available which can provide services to help organisations understand the DISP requirements and provide funding to help meet those requirements. The two main grants available are:

  • Governance
  • CIG (Capability Improvement Grant)
  • SADI (Skilling Australian Defence Industry)

Red Piranha is uniquely positioned to provide end-to-end DISP services from initial grant applications, consulting services as well as the solutions across all 4 outcomes of the program.


The Capability Improvement Grant provides between $5,000 and $150,000 to support up to 50% of the cost of engaging a consultant to implement business improvements such as strategic planning, developing internal systems & policies and other relevant activities.

Grant improvements may be awarded in the following areas:

  • Strategic business issues
  • Human resources issues
  • Internal systems
  • Production and operational systems
  • Marketing, branding and communication
  • Financial management systems
  • Exploring new markets and market intelligence
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Product and service development
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Skills and training

You may be eligible for a Capability Improvement Grant if you:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have products or services or are developing products or services that have a specific defence application
  • Require defence specific support which could not be provided through other government assistance


  • Have received a ODIS Advisory Service Report in the previous 6 months (or up to 12 months if you apply within 6 months)
  • Have sufficient funds available to fund your share of the cost of engaging an expert or consultant to implement the improvements
  • Are implementing improvements within the key areas outlined above

The CIG process involves various stages and can take a number of weeks to complete, as shown below. These timeframes are estimates only and may vary based on capacity and other factors. It is estimated to take 12 weeks from submitting the ODIS application to having a completed Advisory Service Review (ASR) and then a further 8 weeks to commence the DISP application. It is expected that the ASR will make recommendations for cybersecurity improvements that will need to be implemented.

Once the ASR is received, Red Piranha can assist with preparing a quote for the technology and services required to meet the recommendations and lodging the Capability Improvement Grant application which will provide funding for the required DISP components.


The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry grant provides grants to businesses over a 3 year period to help improve defence skills and HR and training programs. The grants provide between $5,000 and $500,000 and can cover up to 100% of eligible project costs.

For projects to be eligible, they must improve defence-related skills or capability within your organisation and be delivered from one of the following:

  • A registered training organisation (RTO)
  • A tertiary education provider (University or TAFE)
  • An accredited training provider
  • A professional or industry association
  • An appropriately qualified employee in your business, or
  • An original equipment manufacturer (OEM)


Eligible activities include the following:

  • Technical training (project management, design, engineering, logistics, IT support services)
  • HR training and skills development (improving learning across change management, HR, employee training, development facilitation and workforce planning)
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) training.
  • Etc

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a grant, your business must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be non-income tax exempt (unless you are a defence industry association training your own staff or facilitating training to businesses you are representing)
  • Have less than 200 employees that services, or will service the defence industry
  • Meets one of the following requirements:
    • have a current Defence contract
    • be currently tendering or preparing to tender for a Defence contract
    • be a current subcontractor to a Defence prime or contracted through the Prime's supply chain to deliver on Defence projects

and be one of the following entities:

  • An entity, incorporated in Australia
  • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Assessment Criteria

Applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria and then against 3 assessment criteria:

  1. The extent to which your project improves the capacity and capability of your business to service the defence industry sector
  2. Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project
  3. The impact of grant funding on the project

Let a DISP member take you through the process.