UNSW Canberra CBD campus to house Defence and Security Innovation Precinct

UNSW Canberra has announced it is seeking to establish a new Defence and Security Innovation Precinct as part of its proposed new city campus in Canberra’s CBD.

The Defence and Security Innovation Precinct is proposed to be located along Constitution Avenue, in the centre of Canberra’s research and innovation corridor from Belconnen to the airport, linking science, education, technology, defence and other government agencies (ASIO, ASD, DVA, Home Affairs).

UNSW Canberra Rector Michael Frater made the announcement at Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide.

“This planned precinct will open the door to new collaborative opportunities because of the access it will grant to government, global defence industry, R&D organisations, UNSW researchers, partners and students,” Professor Frater said.

“It is the ideal home for R&D teams to work with some of the world’s leading experts in defence research in areas like space and cyber.

“We are inviting members of the Defence industry to join us in the precinct and take advantage of this outstanding opportunity.”

The Defence and Security Innovation Precinct will be led by the UNSW Defence Research Institute which aims to develop and deliver world-class defence and security capabilities to safeguard Australia.

“Earlier this year we established the UNSW Defence Research Institute, which draws on the expertise of our researchers to provide Defence with solutions to real-world problems,” says Professor Frater.

“The University has a 50-year partnership with Defence and the Canberra community.

“This proposed precinct will strengthen those ties even further.”

UNSW Canberra is currently finalising a formal proposal for the city campus for the ACT government to consider.

The proposed city campus would provide much-needed space for current and future needs of UNSW Canberra research with a range of accommodation options for a significant number of research organisations on site.

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