South Australia has a long history of success in defence research, which is underpinned by the collaboration of defence industry, research organisations and educational institutions to find innovative solutions for the Australian Defence Force and defence projects.

Defence science and research is also a key area of focus for South Australia, with potential for significant growth and development contributing to the long term sustainability of the defence industry.

The Defence Innovation Partnership, formally established in January 2018, brings key stakeholders together to act as a catalyst for defence research and development collaboration, improving the relationship between industry and universities, while building research capability in South Australia.

The Defence Innovation Partnership is a collaborative venture between Defence SA, Defence Science and Technology, and South Australia’s three universities – the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.