The government is committed to developing Queensland small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by supporting them to enhance their prospects for securing participation in defence and aerospace industry supply chains. The Defence and Aerospace Industry Development (DAID) Fund:

  • enables Queensland SMEs to develop their capabilities and compete for national and international defence and aerospace industry contracts
  • increases Queensland SMEs’ exposure and access to defence and aerospace industry supply chains
  • facilitates the acquisition of internationally recognised industry certification.

Queensland SMEs operating in the defence, aerospace, and related C4ISREW sectors are encouraged to seek assistance from the DAID Fund to pursue industry-specific, internationally recognised certification of their business operations, goods or services.

The DAID Fund will also provide support for SMEs to participate in targeted international trade shows to engage with national and international companies in the defence and aerospace industries.

Applying for financial assistance

The International and Industry Certification stream of the DAID Fund is open. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Thursday 12 December 2019.

Financial assistance is available to support SMEs to obtain certification of their business operations, goods or services to international industry-specific requirements. Grants from $10,000 to $30,000 (excluding GST) in matched funding will be awarded to approved applicants.

Applicants can apply for assistance for up to three certification categories; however, the maximum amount an applicant can receive is $30,000 (excluding GST) in matched funding.

Please read the guidelines (PDF icon 1.8 MB) and frequently asked questions before you begin your application, and note that only online applications will be accepted.

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for assistance from the DAID Fund?

What is the role of departmental staff?

Is there a file size limit that can be uploaded in the online application portal?

What are the timeframes for completing activities supported by the DAID Fund?

Do I need to have existing products and market presence to apply?

How will my application be assessed?

How will I know if my application is successful?

Will my application be treated as confidential?

What will not be considered as eligible sources of matched funding?

Do I need to have the matched contributions available upfront?

What are the GST obligations associated with receiving a DAID Fund grant?

Are professional fees considered eligible costs for reimbursement?

Is my business eligible for funding if its head office is not located in Queensland?

Is my business eligible for funding if less than five employees are employed in Queensland?

Is it necessary to show evidence of compliance with Queensland industrial relations, and workplace health and safety regulations, with my funding application?

What qualifications does my consultant need to help prepare my business for certification?

I already have a quote from my preferred consultant that is valid for 30 days, will this be adequate?