The Australian Government Defence Export Support Forum (AGDESF) guides a coordinated approach to defence export support. It is chaired by Head Defence Industry Division in the Department of Defence, through which secretariat support is provided. The AGDESF includes senior representatives from across the Department of Defence (Industry Division, including the Australian Military Sales Office, and Defence Export Controls Office), Foreign Affairs and Trade, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), Department of Industry and Science, Customs, the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), and the Industry development departments (or equivalent) of each State and Territory Government. The primary outcome achieved from the forum is a coordinated approach to initiatives across federal and state government departments on defence industry export related activities. The forum emphasises and enhances collaboration between State, Territory and Federal departments in coordinating Defence industry export promotion activities. Successful trade missions run by Team Defence Australia influenced through this coordinated approach is one example of successful outcomes achieved through the forum. The AGDESF forum remains a valuable mechanism for whole of Government coordination of defence-related export promotion.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    H. Inter Jurisdictional and International Bodies

  • Established By / Under

    Principal Body / Management Board / Senior Executive Officer

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    7 December 2009

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