R & D


Victoria is the nation’s leader in research and development. Many Victorian defence companies are world leaders in innovation, new technologies, and advanced manufacturing. Victoria has world renowned research institutes and organisations and is supported by a world-class tertiary education sector.


Victoria is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies and research organisations, including:

Elements of the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) are based in Melbourne and has strong capabilities in electronics, systems engineering, platform information systems, autonomous systems and other digital and electronic technology.

The Defence Science Institute (DSI) was established in 2010 within the University of Melbourne. The DSI represents all Victorian universities and is jointly funded by the State Government of Victoria, DST Group and the University of Melbourne. The DSI’s work is broadly grouped under five themes: human protection and performance; propulsion and energy storage; simulation and modelling; surveillance and autonomy; cyber and IT security.

The Defence Materials Technology Centre develops and supplies new materials technologies, electronic systems, advanced components and manufacturing processes in collaboration with defence, defence industries and research agencies.

The Australian Manufacturing and Materials Precinct (AMMP) is a hub for industry and research organisations. Based in south-east Melbourne, the AMMP is home to 40 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing companies, as well as the CSIRO, Monash University and the Australian Synchroton.

Educational institutions Melbourne, Monash, La Trobe, Deakin, RMIT, Swinburne, Victoria, Australian Catholic and Federation all have world class research capabilities.

For further information on Victoria’s research in the areas of information and computing sciences, engineering and technology.

Chemical, biological and radiological defence is developed in Victoria, with R&D and countermeasure capabilities. Melbourne is one of only three international cities with two universities in the global top 20 biomedicine rankings. More than 40 per cent of ASX listed biotech and medical equipment companies are located in Victoria.

ICT and cyber expertise is fostered in Victoria, with a wide range of capabilities in cyber security, electronic surveillance and countermeasures, radar and sonar systems, communications systems and robotics.

Private sector companies undertake significant defence R&D in Victoria, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Thales, Siemens and BMT Design and Technology.