The Defence and Security Institute provides the primary point of contact for accessing the defence and security research and education capabilities of the University.

Headquartered at Lot 14, South Australia’s high-tech hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, the Institute ensures the university’s capabilities are relevant, readily identifiable and accessible.

The DSI stays abreast of the nation’s defence and security research needs, understands and guides the University’s broad defence and security capabilities, informs the development of educational programs for an evolving future workforce, manages and builds defence related partnerships, and works to ensure that administrative processes are appropriate and fit for purpose.

The DSI works closely with its key stakeholders to identify and facilitate long term strategic partnerships and transition research into product and practice. These partnerships help to achieve national security goals and the development of world leading capabilities and industry in South Australia.

DSI statistics 2021-2024

  • 150

    Security cleared staff & students

  • $65M

    Research program

  • 12

    University partners

  • 50

    Defence industry partners

  • circa $250M

    Defence trailblazer translation program

Defence capability statement

The University of Adelaide is a destination of choice for world-leading defence-focused researchers, high-achieving students, and government and industry partners.

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