Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) is dedicated to reporting the business of defence capability planning and procurement as well as reporting the development of infrastructure to support the ADF. Their main objective is to provide an essential communications bridge between defence industry and its single source customer, the Department of Defence.

One of the ways in which ADM gathers important insights is through their annual “Top 40 Defence Contractors & Top 20 Defence SMEs” survey. The only longitudinal survey of its kind, covering the defence sector in Australia.

ADM’s annual Top 40 Defence Contractors & Top 20 Defence SMEs survey has become a valuable and sought after guide to the economic activity generated by the defence industry in Australia. NZ companies are also eligible to be included. Survey results will be published in the December 2021/January 2022 edition of ADM.

Entries for this survey close very soon, on the 5th of November.


To be considered for inclusion in this annual survey, you must be prepared to complete the following information about your company, including declaring your turnover in defence-related business for the most recently completed financial year or the best estimate available if your financial year is other than July-June.

Key survey questions:

1. Turnover in defence-related business
(Australian/NZ business only)*
2. Australian industry content as a dollar amount
3. R&D investment as a dollar amount
4. Export as a dollar amount
5. Australian Workforce FTE, defence and non-defence
6. Ownership e.g. international, Australian, public, private
7. Female workforce participation
8. Reconciliation Action Plan for Indigenous engagement
*NOTE: Q1 is mandatory for companies to be included in the survey.

Essential Criteria

• All work must have been undertaken in Australia or NZ, i.e. it cannot include revenue production at offshore facilities or that component of a project which is completed overseas (excluding NZ). If you are an Australian business, you may include revenue from international business separately for the interest of readers.
• The information you provide is published in the December 2021/January 2022 edition of ADM. It is also made available to ASPI and to the Department of Defence for analytical purposes.
• The revenue relates to the 2020/21 financial year or your reporting equivalent.

As a reminder – Entries close 5 November

To learn more, download the information document here

If you are ready to take the survey, download the form here

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