DISP for Aerospace & Space

Join the growing Australian Aerospace Sector

Serving the booming Australian defence and space sectors, ripe with opportunities in military aviation, R&D, and satellite technology. Dive into a world of innovation and growth as Australia strengthens its aerospace capabilities.

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Contracts in Australia's Defence Aerospace Sector

Opportunities in Aerospace

With ten new contracts awarded to enhance armed forces’ capabilities, totalling around A$20 million. These contracts span innovative projects in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. Projects include technology development for detecting hazardous chemicals and explosives, bridge condition monitoring in field settings, and improving underwater acoustic sensors. This demonstrates the Australian government’s commitment to utilizing local businesses for defence industry advancement, fostering growth and innovation in the sector.

With this level of investment there are significant commercial opportunities throughout the extended supply chain.

Information Security in the Space Industry

Determining DISP Level

The Australian space industry has seen a substantial investment injection of over $65 million by the government. This funding aims to position Australia as a leading space launch hub and support sending an Australian astronaut to space. Part of this includes a joint investment of $32 million to establish three spaceports. Furthermore, the Australian Space Agency secured over $32 million to access spaceflight services, streamlining the transfer of space technology from labs to outer space.

Information in Australia’s space industry isn’t automatically classified but depends on the nature of the projects and their national security implications. Information can range from unclassified to various levels of classification depending on its sensitivity and the security requirements outlined by the Australian Government and its agencies. The Australian Space Agency and the Department of Defence would provide specific guidelines for handling sensitive information within the sector.

In our dealings with this sector, typically companies involved directly in the manufacturing processes are likely to require DISP Entry Level at minimum.

Consultancy Solutions

We can assist

Offering a range of consultancy services to position organisations for success.

Inside Threat Awareness Program

Entry Level DISP Membership

Companies seeking guidance with the Defence Industry Security Program’s (DISP) entry level certification may benefit from DISP Co’s advisory services.

Level 2 DISP Membership

Complying with Level 2 of the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) allows companies to store and handle SECRET information, and...

Level 3 DISP Membership

Adhering to Level 3 of the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) grants firms access to TOP SECRET information, enabling access...

Level 1 DISP Membership

Companies seeking guidance with the Defence Industry Security Program’s (DISP) level 1 certification should seek DISP Co’s advisory services.

Lodgement Of DISP Application

Incorrect lodgement of DISP applications have often cost companies dearly in time, missed contracts, and even disapproval of their DISP...

CSO & SO Training & Ongoing Compliance Support

As part of DISP’s governance element, companies are obligated to maintain the training of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and...

DISP Compliance Maintenance Support

DISP Documentation Development

DISP Gap Analysis

Our DISP consultancy begins with a complete audit of existing business processes in the four DISP categories (Governance, Cyber, Personnel,...

DISP for Aerospace & Space FAQs

Common Questions

Common questions about DISP for Aerospace & Space

DISP compliance becomes obligatory for firms in the aerospace and space industries when they undertake contracts or projects involving handling, accessing, or creating classified information for the defence sector.

While there is no simple answer, generally SMEs are capable of meeting DISP Entry Level Cyber requirements with relative ease. This level of compliance requires adherence with the Australian Signal Directorate’s Essential 8 Framework. Both implementation, maintenance, and certification costs for higher DISP cyber levels can be significant, but as are the commercial upsides of contracts requiring such compliance. As a compromise, many companies elect to utilize the Defence Protected Network (DPN) or Defence Secret Network (DSN) to hold classified materials.

DISP Co can advise further depending on your circumstances in the initial consult.

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Defence industry security program levels

DISP Levels Explained

Gain an understanding of different DISP Membership Levels to determine your organisation’s required compliance level. 

Entry Level DISP

Suited to most businesses

We have developed a fixed-price package designed to bring companies into compliance with Entry Level DISP in a short time-frame. 

Compliance with Entry Level will grant access to OFFICIAL: Sensitive information. 

Level 1 DISP

Additional Inclusions

Compliance with Level 1 DISP requires an expanded scope to meet the department’s additional requirements. Generally the time, complexity and risk factors of implementation are increased. Compliance with Level 1 will grant access to PROTECTED information. 

Level 2 DISP

Custom Package

Compliance with Level 2 DISP requires considerable expansion of project scope. Compliance with level 2 will grant access to SECRET information. The department has set high standards for Level 2 compliance across all four DISP categories. 

Level 2 is suited to organisations deeply embedded in the defence industry or working on highly classified projects.

Level 3 DISP

Custom Package

Compliance with Level 3 DISP requires significant expansion of project scope. Compliance with level 3 will grant access to TOP SECRET information.The department has set the highest standards for Level 3 compliance across all four DISP categories.

Level 3 is suited to organisations involved in the most classified technologies, operations and defence works.