The Terms of Reference and discussion paper for the independent review into the government’s Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) have been released.

The review aims to strengthen support, service and access for small and regional businesses to better assist them to make the most of opportunities in Australia’s defence industry.

The CDIC was a key initiative of the 2016 Defence White Paper, which was formed to help grow a competitive, sustainable defence industry base.

It is often referred to as the ‘front door’ for service support for local defence companies and the review aims to boost this help.

Co-chairs of the CDIC Advisory Board, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell and Deputy Secretary Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Tony Fraser are leading the review.

Following the release of the Terms of Reference, the co-chairs have released a discussion paper seeking views from industry, which will be used to inform the review and its recommendations to government.

The CDIC service is delivered by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources on behalf of Defence and it will be consulted as part of the review.

The review and its recommendations will be delivered to the Minister mid-year.

The discussion paper and Terms of Reference for the review are available at:

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