Research + Innovation

A campus for researchers, innovators and entrpreneurs in the heart of the defence and security corridor

As part of the development of the new City campus, UNSW Canberra is establishing the Defence and Security Innovation Precinct. The new precinct will contribute to Canberra as a centre of Defence and Security thought leadership and research.

Innovation is one of the most significant sources of sustainable competitive advantage today and that’s why we see the need for a dedicated innovation precinct that will allow academics, companies, government bodies and community to come together to develop defence and security capability, talent and technology.

The Precinct will be a collaborative space designed to foster influential decision-makers, idea creators and innovation trailblazers in the areas of defence and security.

UNSW Canberra is renowned for excellence in defence research and is home to some of the most talented experts from across the globe. Our work solves real-world, defence-related issues through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of our research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

The Defence and Security Innovation Precinct has been designed to house these brilliant people, their organisations and partners so that we can grow and improve innovation in defence and security in a highly secure, social and collaborative environment.

In 2019, UNSW Canberra announced the opening of Launch on Northbourne in Braddon, which is piloting the concept.

A dynamic and collaborative innovation precinct

A new model for collaborative innovation in defence and security, this purpose-built precinct is designed to host research, industry and entrepreneurs in a vibrant, connected environment.

The Brooking Institute discusses The New Geography of Innovation.

‘Today, innovation is taking place where people can come together, not in isolated space.’

Collaborative spaces, within close proximity to each other allow smart ideas to be seamlessly turned in to smart solutions. Both competitive and collaborative, the Defence and Security Innovation Precinct is designed to be energetic, innovative and social, an environment where collaboration features in the every day. Canberra will attract world class innovators, accelerating the realisation of social and economic benefits.

“The trend is to nurture living, breathing communities rather than sterile compounds of research silos.”

A vibrant co-working community for organisations big and small, housed in a secure workspace. The Precinct will be a collaborative space designed to foster influential decision-makers, idea creators and innovation trailblazers in the areas of defence and security.

Shared research and infrastructure

The Precinct will provide access to shared research and infrastructure allowing precinct partners to broaden their own expertise, experiments and insights using technology exclusive to UNSW Canberra.

Access to shared research infrastructure allows precinct partners to expand on their own expertise, experiments and insights using technology they would otherwise not have access to. Cultivation of UNSW Canberra’s existing innovation campus at ADFA will help scale existing activity, talent, and infrastructure.

UNSW Canberra will explore opportunities to expand on existing and planned infrastructure to support growth and innovation in entrepreneurship in the defence and security space.

Secure working spaces

Our world-class facilities will be designed using the Protective Security Policy Framework which articulates the effective implementation of physical, personnel and information security.

The Precinct’s flexible space solutions will suit a broad number of organisations, with security Zones Two, Three and Four supporting the proposed workspace models.

Zones will be carefully designed and implemented so as not to inhibit the collaborative culture for which the Precinct will be known for. During initial planning and building design, UNSW Canberra will seek to consult key interested stakeholders regarding the Security Zones required. Space will be designed to be flexible to the changing, growing and evolving needs of the Precinct Collaborators.

Innovation corridor

The Defence and Security Innovation Precinct is located in the middle of Canberra’s CBD innovation corridor, bookmarked by ANU and CSIRO.

Its proximity to Canberra’s Defence and Intelligence Headquarters in Russell will enhance the new innovation environment which will see knowledge and ideas transferred more seamlessly.

Committed to fostering Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, The Precinct will contribute to the new geography of innovation which will see knowledge and ideas transferred more seamlessly in an environment encouraged by close proximity.

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Expanding Networks

The Precinct will connect individuals and industry, tech and talent, through exclusive access to new networks. A connected ecosystem and culture overseen by relationship managers will foster unique opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Bringing students, start-ups, academia and innovation together will facilitate new connections for individuals and industry.

Relationship Managers will facilitate academic partnerships, business connections, and introductions to tech and talent.

Exclusive access to the Precinct community will foster mentors, investors, media contacts, funding sources, new research opportunities, potential customers and general knowledge exchange.

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Advancing Australia’s defence and security capabilities

UNSW Canberra has a proud history of working with Defence for over 50 years in education and a track record of using research to solve modern day military challenges.

In 2018, UNSW established the UNSW Defence Research Institute as part of its commitment to advancing Australian defence and security capabilities.


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