Defence & Security

The University has worked extensively over many years with the Department of Defence and defence organisations in a variety of ways including in an advisory capacity, as a research partner, and as an organisation that produces high quality graduates ready for work in the defence sector.

Whilst the University is an open environment, we understand the sensitivities that can be associated with defence work and so have staff cleared for national security and can avail ourselves of facilities at the Defence, Science and Technology Group (DST) for classified data.

Our researchers regularly engage in innovative partnerships with DST, Defence SA, the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) and the Rapid Prototype Development and Evaluation (RPDE), leading to strong in-house capabilities.

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Defence & security

Our world-class researchers develop innovative technologies that give the Australian Defence Force a real edge.

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Faculties, institutes and research units

The best defence is good research

From submarine technology and satellite communications to the health and wellbeing of Australians serving overseas, our research helps build the nation’s defence.

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Impact stories

Emulating nature’s perfect pursuit

Researchers have discovered the secrets of the dragonfly’s incredible ability to pursue and catch moving prey, and successfully applied t...

Creating real-world impact from the University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide’s Sapphire Clock team has grown from twenty years of dedicated research, which has created technology with the...

Optic-fibre sensors enabling aircraft, ships to self-diagnose corrosion

In the near future, corrosion checks for critical defence assets may be a simple matter of running a laser over them, thanks to groundbre...

Making computers see

Saving our defence force countless man-hours through the development of an artificial intelligence system that enables computers to answe...



Michael Webb

Primary contact: Michael Webb

Director, Defence & Security

Phone: (08) 8313 0128


Paul Arthur

Primary contact: Paul Arthur

Business Development Manager

Phone: (08) 8313 8310


Violeta Babovic

Secondary contact: Violeta Babovic

Business Partnership Specialist

Phone: (08) 8313 1731