The University of NSW Canberra has launched plans for a new workspace precinct in Canberra City dedicated to the defence and security industries.
Called Launch on Northbourne and hosted by UNSW Canberra, the precinct is a concept that will provide three floors of collaborative workspace for industry, government and academia to grow innovation and capability in defence and security.
UNSW Canberra rector Professor Michael Frater said innovation is one of the most significant sources of sustainable competitive advantage.
“That is why UNSW Canberra identified the need for a dedicated innovation space that will allow these different industries to come together to develop defence and security capability, talent and technology,” he said.
As part of the Launch concept, UNSW Canberra will host a group of start-ups in the defence and security industries. The incubator initiative also forms part of the university’s commitment to growing regional industry and academic capability.
“Universities are trusted partners in the development of defence and security capabilities and Launch on Northbourne will build off a successful base of established activity, talent and infrastructure that is maintained by UNSW Canberra and the greater UNSW network,” Professor Frater said.
The precinct will be designed using the Protective Security Policy Framework, which sets out effective implementation of physical, personnel and information security.
Launch’s flexible space solutions will suit a broad number of organisations, with security zones two, three and four supporting the proposed workspace models.
Professor Frater said that for a model such as Launch to be successful it requires the ability to tap in to a network of innovators, researchers, thought leaders and existing commercial expertise.
“The workspace provided by the precinct will provide an avenue for shared infrastructure and ideas, through to networking opportunities with complementary entities and individuals and to pool resources with like-minded companies and institutions,” he said.