Funded by the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), Queensland's Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the Defence CRC would bring together the best minds to work with the defence industry to develop new drone and robotics technologies.
“For more than 10 years, Queensland has been building a critical mass of expertise in the development of autonomous systems,” Minister Jones said.
“We expect to see real innovative ideas come to realisation – that will make a real difference to our Australian Defence Forces and other industries.
“The defence forces have a large presence in Queensland and our strong defence capability makes us a prime location for this centre that will bolster our growing defence ecosystem.”
The Defence CRC was officially launched in May last year, and brings together researchers from industry, universities and government-funded research agencies with small to medium enterprises, in order to produce technology that fits the future needs of the Australian Defence Force.
The NGTF has been allocated $730 million from 2016-17 to 2025-26 to invest in strategic technologies. The Defence CRC program will foster collaboration between Defence, industry (including SMEs) and research organisations to develop new technologies.
Inaugural founding members of the Defence CRC include BAE Systems Australia, DefendTex, RMIT University and Defence Science and Technology.
The incoming CEO for the Defence CRC is Professor Jason Scholz.