Digital / Cyber


Victoria is Australia’s leading State for defence industry, electronic and cyber security. We have around 145 leading national and multinational digital and cyber security businesses and institutions developing a globally competitive digital and cyber security sector in the state.

Victoria has a world-class tertiary education sector and produces approximately 30 per cent of Australia’s graduates in information technology, engineering, science and other related technologies. Victoria is well placed to lead the advanced technology aspects of major defence projects, including areas identified in the Federal Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper such as enhanced digital communications, battlefield intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance effectiveness.


Victoria has proven digital and electronic/cyber capabilities in:

  • Antennae and radio communications
  • Communications systems design and manufacture
  • Cyber security
  • Digital periscope systems
  • Electronic surveillance and countermeasures
  • Navigation equipment
  • Radar and sonar systems
  • Technologies, robotics and professional services


From educational institutions to private enterprise, Victoria is the hub for digital intelligence in Australia. The CSIRO, NBN Co Ltd and Telstra have significant cyber security capabilities in Victoria, along with many large international technology companies such as IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, NEC and Ericsson. Oxford University's prestigious Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre will partner with the new Oceania Cyber Security Centre set up with State Government support. The Victoria Data61 laboratory, the merger of the CSIRO’s Digital Productivity Team and National ICT Australia, will host the Oceania Cyber Security Centre and be the Victorian node for the national Cyber Security Growth Centre, under the Australian Government’s $230 million cyber security strategy.

Some of Victoria’s leading companies and organisations with expertise in defence digital and electronic systems include:

  • Deakin University
  • DEK Technologies
  • Elbit Systems
  • GP Sat Systems
  • GP Sat Systems Australia
  • Invenio
  • L-3 Communications Systems Australia
  • NBN Co
  • Radio Frequency Systems
  • Tectonica
  • Thales Australia

For more information on the capabilities and credentials of companies in Victoria’s digital and electronic/cyber systems industry visit the Victorian Defence Alliances' Capability Directories download page.


With a strong foundation in the education sector, Victoria is the leader in research and development in defence technology. Victorian tertiary institutions often collaborate on R&D initiatives with industry organisations, both locally and internationally. Based in Melbourne, the Defence Science and Technology Group is the second largest public-funded research and development organisation in Australia. The Defence Science Institute is located within the University of Melbourne and undertakes research work on cyber and IT security. Lockheed Martin Corporation has established a $13 million advanced multidisciplinary R&D centre in Melbourne.