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What are the prerequisites for DISP?

 

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What are the prerequisites for DISP?

The Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) is an Australian Government initiative that sets out the security requirements for businesses seeking to join Australia’s defence industry supply chain. In order to be eligible for DISP, businesses must meet certain prerequisites. First, businesses must be registered as a legal business entity in Australia. This means they must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN). Second, businesses must be financially solvent. This means they must have sufficient funds to cover all costs associated with their defence industry activities. Third, businesses must have a board director or senior executive who is able to obtain an Australian security clearance and fulfil the role of Chief Security Officer. This person is responsible for ensuring that the business meets all security requirements and for reporting any security incidents or breaches to the Australian Government. Fourth, businesses must have a staff member who is able to obtain an Australian security clearance and fulfil the role of Security Officer. This person is responsible for ensuring that the business meets all security requirements and for reporting any security incidents or breaches to the Australian Government. Fifth, businesses must create an email address in the form of “disp@insertyourbusinessname.xxx.xx”. This email address must be used for all communication with the Australian Government regarding security requirements. Sixth, businesses must satisfy Defence requirements around foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI). This means that the business must not have any relationships with a listed terrorist organisation, any regimes subject to Australian sanctions laws, or any persons and/or entities on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Consolidated List. Finally, businesses must have an appropriate security system in place. This includes physical security measures such as locks, alarms, and CCTV, as well as personnel security measures such as background checks and security clearances. In order to join the DISP, businesses must meet all of these prerequisites. By doing so, they will be able to access the security requirements of the Australian Government and join the defence industry supply chain. .



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