Defence Innovation Hub – Call for Submissions

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Defence Innovation Hub (Hub), an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Defence (Defence) has been established to support Australian companies, businesses, and academic and research organisations in the collaborative development of innovative solutions with the potential to enhance Australian Defence Force capability.

Defence is inviting companies, businesses and organisations to respond to a Call for Submissions detailing their innovation proposal. Where an innovation proposal is assessed as suitable for investment and satisfies the requirements and assessment criteria set out in the Terms for Call for Submissions, Defence will invite the respondent to participate in a Request for Proposal process. Defence intends to enter into contracts with respondents under a contractual framework, to mature their innovations to meet Defence’s capability needs.

The Hub facilitates innovation activities from initial concept, through to prototyping and integrated testing. These activities will be procured through the Hub across four distinct contract phases depending upon the current maturity level of the innovation proposal. Respondents will be able to submit an innovation proposal through Defence’s online Innovation portal. The portal, and further information about the Hub’s procurement processes, can be accessed at:

Please note that no procurement documentation is available on AusTender and you cannot submit a proposal using AusTender. You must use the address for lodgement identified below to view all documentation and submit a proposal.

Multi-stage Criteria:

Call for Submission (CFS) stage criteria: Suitability, Feasibility, Timeliness, and Contribution to Australia’s defence industry capability. After each proposal is assessed against the criteria, Defence will consider these proposals to ensure that it maintains a balanced portfolio of investments, taking into account the following: Alignment to Defence priorities, Diversity, Innovation Lifecycle, and Financial considerations. Request for Proposal (RFP) criteria: the above CFS criteria, with additional considerations for Cost and Organisational Capability and Capacity. Defence will then reconsider the balance of investment as well strategic considerations to determine value for money. For more information go to Assessment-criteria-and-process 

Other Instructions:

Please note that while this AusTender ATM notice has a close date, the Defence Innovation Hub is always open and able to receive proposals through the website. After the AusTender ATM close date(or an earlier date if advised by Defence in accordance with the approach to market terms), another ATM Notice will be published.

Conditions for Participation:

Respondents must have a valid ABN or NZBN in order to participate in the Hub procurement processes.

Address for Lodgement: