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Cyber at the centre of Defence capability grants for Aussie small businesses

12 April 2021
Media Release

The Morrison Government’s strong focus on cyber security has been reinforced in the awarding of up to $3.6 million in grants to 12 small-to-medium businesses as part of a new industry engagement initiative. 

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price launched the initiative, called the Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA), in August last year. 

“ICERA recognises the growing importance and capability of Australian small-to-medium businesses and nowhere is this clearer than in the cyber security domain,” Minister Price said. 

The ICERA grants will provide $36 million over six years, funded through Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), with the $3.6 million announced today to be the first round of grants awarded.

Read the full Media Release on the Department of Defence website.


Ben Spencer (Minister Price's office): +61 412 754 310
Steve Kuper (Minister Price’s office): +61 421 668 874
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