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Structure and functions of Defence SA

Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence related matters and is a single point of contact for all defence stakeholders, streamlining their interaction across the South Australian Government. The agency captures valuable investment opportunities in the shipbuilding, defence science and research, information warfare and space domains.

The Defence SA Advisory Board provides high-level strategic advice to promote the growth of the defence industry in South Australia and plays a key role in guiding the state’s defence strategy.

Within Defence SA sits the Defence Innovation Partnership, South Australian Space Industry Centre and Veterans SA.

Defence Innovation Partnership – fosters collaboration and engagement between government, universities/research organisations and industry. The Defence Innovation Partnership helps deliver innovative solutions to Defence by creating connections between researchers, industry, and Defence; building and supporting defence-relevant collaborations through the Collaborative Research Fund; attracting research and development funding to South Australia; and supporting the translation of defence and national security research and development.

South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) – provides a whole-of-state-government focal point for local industry and international companies and organisations to drive space industry innovation, research, and entrepreneurial development.

Our functions, objectives and deliverables

Defence SA
  • Implementation of the Defence State Strategy 2030.
  • Maximising business opportunities by influencing policy, connecting industry to global supply chains and attracting investment.
  • Stimulating business capability by aligning local research and development, infrastructure and regulation with industry needs.
  • Building business capacity by working to attract and retain talent in the state.
Defence Innovation Partnership Stimulating business capability by aligning local research and development, infrastructure, and regulation with industry needs, in support of the Defence State Strategy 2030.
SASIC Implementation of the Space Strategy, by cultivating South Australia as a centre of gravity for space activities:

  • Building a capable workforce
  • Creating an innovating ecosystem
  • Establishing supportive infrastructure
  • Be globally competitive
  • Attracting investment