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New Jobs for Canberra - Defence Innovation Hub

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, recently announced the latest tranche of Defence Innovation Hub that will sustain 23 jobs across the Australian defence industry and innovation sector, and help to give our Armed Forces the edge in battle.

Minister Pyne said our defence capabilities rely on our capacity to develop new tools, systems and approaches to managing emerging regional and global threats.

“Providing our troops with the latest in innovative defence technologies will ensure we remain resilient to these threats, and our defence industry plays a crucial part in helping us achieve this,” Minister Pyne said.

“The Defence Innovation Hub is a key initiative of the Turnbull government bringing industry and Defence together to undertake collaborative innovation activities from concept through to introduction into service.”

The five innovation contracts announced today are worth $5.3 million and includes $2.3 million for a BAE Systems Australia project to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.

BAE Systems Australia is the first defence prime company to be awarded a contract by the Defence Innovation Hub since it was launched in December 2016 as part of the Defence Industry Policy Statement.

The Defence Innovation Hub continues to receive an enthusiastic reception from businesses and research organisations from across Australia.

Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at

ACT Contract Winners

  • BAE Systems (ACT), $2.3 million: This project aims to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.
  • Nova Defence (ACT), $779,000: To explore the development of a low-cost, high-speed direct mobile ground target that could be used as a realistic direct target for air and ground based defence systems.

  • Data61 (ACT), $441,000: To continue the development of their multi-award winning Cross Domain Desktop Compositor technology, allowing users to view and work across multiple Defence networks from a single monitor, while maintaining the integrity of each network.

Source: Department of Defence

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