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Defence industry

Industry clusters

  • Edinburgh Defence Precinct

    Key national defence research, manufacturing and sustainment hub housing RAAF Base Edinburgh, Defence Science and Technology and major defence companies.

  • Osborne Naval Shipyard

    Premier naval industry hub, is the logical location for any company pursuing opportunities in defence or commercial shipbuilding and ship sustainment projects.

  • Technology Park Adelaide

    Strong focus on systems development and integration, information communication technology, advanced manufacturing and electronics.

  • Test and training areas

    South Australia is home to a large and varied contingent of Australian Defence organisation facilities including RAAF Base Edinburgh, DST Edinburgh, Cultana Training Area and Woomera Test Range.

  • Lot Fourteen Innovation Precinct

    Adelaide’s creation and innovation neighbourhood spans seven hectares and is a mixed-use precinct that combines nature, culture, enterprise and people in a way only Adelaide can.

  • Tonsley Innovation District

    Bringing together research, business, government to connect and collaborate.

Industry organisation

  • SAAB Australia

    Developing advanced systems for defence, security and civil aviation in Australia.

  • Boeing Defence Australia

    Encompassing research, development and innovation programs spanning C3I, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and advanced experimentation and prototyping.

  • BAE Systems Australia Global Access Program

    BAE Systems seek to minimise Australian industry involvement in projects and procure around $300 million worth of work from 1,500 Australian suppliers.

  • Lockheed Martin

    A global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

  • Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC)

    The CDIC provides services and support to help companies do business in Australia’s defence industry.

  • Enter the defence industry

    Defence is a marketplace of business opportunities and challenges. Where do you start?

  • Defence Science and Technology Group

    Providing R&D and science and technology advice with respect to space-based capabilities.

  • Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C)

    Assisting businesses to understand and navigate the cyber specialists and ecosystem to address their specific cyber needs.

  • BAE Systems

    Australia’s most versatile defence and security company.

  • Nova Systems

    Specialising in the provision of engineering and management services, solving technologically challenging problems.

  • Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML)

    Global leaders in machine learning research and high-impact research translation.

Industry resources

  • Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC)

    The CDIC provides services and support to help companies do business in Australia’s defence industry.

  • Build your business in defence

    Find opportunities and build your business capability in the growing defence industry.

  • Defence industry events

    Get connected and grow your network at defence conferences and networking events.

  • Defence Capability Directory

    The industry directory showcases the breadth and depth of South Australia capabilities.

  • Procurement and Contracting in Defence

    Defence is the largest procurement agency in the Commonwealth and is responsible for some of Australia’s most complex procurement activities. Defence engages with industry to deliver value for money procurement outcomes in order to support departmental and Australian Defence Force capability.

Investment bodies and organisations

  • Property investing in defence housing

    Investing in Australia's property market is made easy with Defence Housing Australia.

  • The Defence and Space Landing Pad

    A one-stop-shop providing support to relocate companies to South Australia.

  • Collaborative Research Fund

    Providing up to $150,000 to support genuine collaboration across government, universities and industry as a catalyst for defence-relevant research, development and innovation.

  • Economic and Business Growth Fund

    $100 million has been committed by the South Australian Government to promote economic growth in the state by encouraging the growth of existing industries, developing new industries, building international connections and attracting foreign and national direct investment.

  • Venture Catalyst Fund

    An initiative of the South Australian Government and the University of South Australia encouraging student entrepreneurship and the creation of local startups by providing funding for early-stage ventures founded by UniSA students and recent graduates.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

    Nationwide network of manufacturers, universities and research institutions, and export hubs.

  • Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant

    Defence-related businesses may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with defence’s stated sovereign industrial capability priorities.

  • Innovation Connections

    Up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects to address technology and knowledge gaps.

Investment insights

  • Get connected

    Leverage connections between industry and research organisations to discover Defence innovation investment opportunities.

Investment scenarios/priorities

  • Defence innovation opportunities and priorities

    Find out how the Defence Innovation Hub can work with you, and provide funding, to mature the innovation in a collaborative way.

Knowledge and innovation

  • Defence Innovation Programs

    Defence has a single innovation development pipeline, through these key innovation programs: the Next Generation Technologies Fund and the Defence Innovation Hub.

  • The University of Adelaide

    The university’s space and defence researchers work in close partnership with the Australian defence and space industries to reduce their operational risks and enhance capabilities.

  • Institute for Telecommunications Research

    An internationally recognised research organisation, specialising in research, education and technology development for wireless communications with satellite and terrestrial applications.

  • University of South Australia Advanced Computing Research Centre

    The centre has relationships and links with prominent Australian and international IT organisations.

  • University of South Australia Defence and Systems Institute

    Conducting research in the design, integration and modelling of complex defence and engineering systems.

  • Flinders University

    Working alongside some of the world’s foremost defence and technology companies ensures the university’s research is real-world tested.

  • SmartSat Collaborative Research Centre

    A consortium of universities and other research organisations partnered with industry to develop technology.

  • RAAF Cyber Security Squadron 462

    Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, the squadron is responsible for protecting networks, data and information systems and integrates with the Joint Cyber Unit.

Primary connections

  • South Australian Government: Defence SA

    Defence SA is South Australia's lead government agency for all defence related matters. Defence SA's mission is to grow the defence industry and strengthen the Australian Defence Force's presence in the state.

  • Defence Innovation Partnership

    Building connections for defence research, development and innovation.

Sector growth

  • Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG)

    International engagement and export support

  • Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC)

    The CDIC provides services and support to help companies do business in Australia’s defence industry.

  • Team Defence Australia

    Team Defence Australia is the premier national platform for export-capable Australian defence and dual-use companies to showcase their goods, services, technology and solutions at international trade events.

  • Defence SA – Global Supply Chain

    The South Australian Government, through Defence SA, supports local industry to pursue opportunities in global supply chains for major Defence projects.

  • Defence Teaming Centre

    The Export Hub will bring Advanced Manufacturing and/or Cyber Security SMEs together to achieve the greater levels of capacity and capability required for export success.


    TAFE SA provides courses relating to opportunities in the defence industry and advanced manufacturing.

  • Naval Shipbuilding College

    Established to provide support for skilled and professional jobs to implement the Commonwealth’s first continuous naval shipbuilding program.

  • Defence Research: University of South Australia

    UniSA meets the needs of the defence industry to develop and transform Australia’s future workforce within a defence-related industry.

  • Australian Defence Export Office

    The Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) is the focal point for coordinating whole-of-government defence export support for Australian defence industry, to ensure it can meet Australia’s defence capability needs now and into the future.

  • BAE Systems Australia – Hunter Class Frigate Program

    South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard is the location for the Hunter Class Frigate Program, which will deliver a fleet of nine world-class anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy. The program will commence its prototyping phase as planned at the end of 2020, with construction on the first ship to begin in 2022.

  • Naval Group - Future Submarine

    Osborne Naval Shipyard is the confirmed build location for the Attack class submarine program. The largest Defence procurement in the nation’s history, the program is an investment of more than $50 billion in Australia’s security. The Australian Government have committed to build 12 submarines as part of a rolling acquisition program, with all 12 to be built in Adelaide.

Sector insights

  • Advice for defence businesses

    Defence industry facilitators and defence business advisors are available to help business to navigate, prepare for, innovate and succeed in the defence market.

  • Defence

    South Australia is home to $90 billion worth of Australian defence projects including the $50 billion Future Submarine program and the $35 billion Future Frigates program

  • Austrade Australian industry capabilities – Defence and Security

    The Australian Government will invest over $200 billion over the next decade to build its capability in the Australian Defence Force. Investment will power expertise and innovation. In turn, this places Australia’s defence industry in a strong position to export cutting-edge products, technologies and services.

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