For Students

South Australian Government Grants to Build Workforce Skills in the Defence Industry.

The South Australian Government is supporting businesses in the defence industry to build their future workforce capabilities through a new flagship program linking university students with industry.


Australia’s civilian defence industry employs around 28,000 people in a wide variety of occupations and is critical to supporting Australia’s strategic defence capabilities.

There are exciting new opportunities for employment in Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry among the thousands of small, medium and Prime companies.

The South Australian Government is making it easier for university students to enter a career in the state’s growing defence industry with the Defence Industry Scholarship Program.

Eligible students can earn a scholarship to support a research or work placement with a South Australian defence industry host company.

A grant will be made available to each student for the duration of the placement and can be used to support expenses associated with your placement.


  • Enrolled and undertaking third-year or honours year study in an eligible higher education degree
  • Eligible degrees include science, engineering, technology, maths and business majoring in logistics and project management
  • Must be resident in South Australia
  • Must be an Australian citizen (a requirement to obtain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency security clearance)
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Must attend Flinders University, University of South Australia (UniSA) or the University of Adelaide

If you are currently in a placement as part of your degree, please contact Ai Group prior to applying.

To complete your application you will require

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A copy of your current academic transcript
  • Two written character references

Important dates

The South Australian Defence Industry Scholarship Program (SADISP) closes down on the 30th of June 2024, and is transitioning into a new scheme, under a new name, The South Australian Defence Connections Program (SADICP) from the 1st of July 2024.

Important information

Students must be engaged in meaningful learning and not in productive work, in accordance with Fair Work rules.

Placements must be located in South Australia, with an eligible host company in South Australia’s defence industry.

Advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding work integrated learning placements

The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman has produced a fact sheet for students undertaking work learning placements with a host company.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for students already undertaking a placement will not be
considered, only applications for placements yet to commence.

Please contact to discuss your situation before applying.

A placement where an employment relationship exists or is a paid internship will not be considered for a scholarship.
The placement must be credit-bearing or contribute towards the completion of the degree in which you are enrolled, like a mandatory work placement.

At the conclusion of your placement, having fulfilled the required number of hours of learning, you may enter a direct employment relationship with the company.

The scholarship is only paid for the duration of your work learning placement, as agreed between your university and host company.

For more information on the defence industry, please visit these websites: