Defence Innovation Partnership celebrates anniversary

South Australia’s Defence Innovation Partnership is celebrating one year of “driving defence research” in the state, awarding a total of $1.3 million to nine projects since its establishment.

These cutting-edge projects involved local industry and universities, often in collaboration with each other. 


Defence SA Chief Executive Richard Price has hailed the impact the Defence Innovation Partnership has made with local industry.

“Since the Defence Innovation Partnership was established in January 2018, it has fostered closer defence research and development collaboration across government, industry and academia,” Price said.

“The importance of collaboration between defence industry and researchers cannot be understated; it is the foundation for success and key to solving some of Defence’s increasingly complex technology problems.”

The partnership provides funding for a broad range of projects “aimed at enhancing the next-generation Australian Defence Force”, as well as building closer relationships with defence research organisations, industry and universities, both in the country and internationally.

“Defence Innovation Partnership is a critical part of the defence ecosystem and acts as a catalyst for new partnerships between industry and research institutes,” said Price.

“The Defence Innovation Partnership takes a coordinated approach in ensuring our world-class researchers align with Defence priorities, work together and share resources.”

Some of Australia’s top scientists and researchers have taken part in the funded projects in order to “tackle a range of issues in the field of defence, from undertaking ground-breaking work on human-machine interfaces, addressing global issues such as PFAS in the environment, and identifying combat-related stigma in Australian military populations”.

In November, the Defence Innovation Partnership provided nearly $700,000 in funding to five South Australian research projects, which were as followed:

  • $150,000 for human-machine interfaces for detecting, monitoring and managing psychological stress, led by the University of Adelaide with partners the University of South Australia, Flinders University, ElectroAutoMedics and Defence Science and Technology.
  • $94,700 for identifying combat and combat-related stigma through the language of a deployed Australian military population, led by the University of South Australia with partners The University of Adelaide, Defence Science and Technology, and The Road Home.
  • $150,000 for AI Enabling Australia’s Future Submarine, led by Acacia Systems with partners The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Defence Science and Technology and Lockheed Martin.
  • $150,000 for Miniaturised Orbital Electronic Warfare Sensor System (MOESS)-Phase 1, led by DEWC Systems with partners Defence Science and Technology, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.
  • $150,000 for engineering, design and lab-based testing of Vehicle Health Usage Monitoring System (VHUMS) for defence vehicles, led by Dynamic Engineering Solution with partners Defence Science and Technology, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University.

More information on the partnership can be found here. 

Defence Innovation Partnership celebrates anniversary
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