Defence and Space Landing Pad sets Coras up for SA success

Consultancy firm Coras has established a strong local presence since touching down at South Australia’s Defence and Space Landing Pad in 2022.

The South Australian team which started as four employees, has now grown to six, and forms part of a broader workforce of 65 staff based in Sydney and Canberra.

Described as a ‘management consultancy with a difference’, Coras’ roots in the Defence industry run deep. The company was founded in 2015 by three Navy veterans and its multi-generational workforce ranges from former veterans (40%) to young, emerging talent.

When it came time to expand, Coras set its sights on South Australia as the strategic location of choice, positioning itself among prominent industry names such as ASC and the Defence Teaming Centre at the Defence and Space Landing Pad in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen innovation district.

“We had robust growth targets in place and opted for South Australia because of its growing defence industry and capability across the supply chain,” said Neill Morgan, Business Director for Coras.

“South Australia is clearly punching above its weight in the Defence and Space Industries,” he added.

“From quantum technologies, uncrewed systems, batteries, electronic warfare, surveillance, and space technologies, South Australia is Australia’s innovation capital.”

For Coras, calling the Defence and Space Landing Pad home “just made sense”.

“Being new to South Australia, we opted for the Defence and Space Landing Pad as a central location to connect and collaborate with like-minded innovators in industry,” said Neill. “Forming part of the local community helped launch Coras in the local market.”

Neill highlighted ready access to clients such the Bureau of Meteorology and Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), establishing working relationships with the likes of the Defence Teaming Centre, and providing pro bono Defence contracting workshops as just some of the positive outcomes.

Now, as the company continues to grow, they have decided to relocate within Lot Fourteen.

“Securing a new premises in Lot Fourteen is essential to our continued growth in the local market,” Neill said.

“While Coras has significant depth in the areas of maritime sustainment and capability, we operate across all Defence domains (land and air, as well as sea), intelligence, and across other Commonwealth departments. We continue to have robust growth targets for the business, which include providing services in support of submarine and shipbuilding programs.”

Establishing a long-term footprint in South Australia allows Coras to continue contributing to local growth and innovation.

“Connecting industry and the Commonwealth ensures a resilient, technologically advanced supply chain,” he concludes.

Coras is currently involved in industry leading projects such as exploring the unique replenishment options for the Royal Australian Navy’s Vertical Launch system capability, updating the Navy’s N4 Library, assisting with strategies for the National Shipbuilding and Sustainment Enterprise Headquarters and the Destroyer Capability Enhancement Program.

The Defence and Space Landing Pad, managed by Defence SA, is a one-stop-shop that supports the relocation and set-up of international companies in South Australia. It provides an important foundation for companies to tap into a range of government support programs and a network of industry consultants, all while operating from the state’s exciting Lot Fourteen innovation district in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.

Pictured from left to right: Neill Morgan, Business Director – SA, Coras at TechCentral, Lot Fourteen and Diane Dixon, Lot Fourteen State Project Lead.