A new partnering arrangement approved by Chief Defence Scientist Tanya Monro will facilitate greater collaboration between Defence and the university sector.  

The Defence Science Partnerships agreement, which replaces an earlier agreement of the same name, involves every public university in Australia.

Professor Tanya Monro welcomed the support of the academic sector.

“Having come from the university sector, I am aware of the substantial contribution universities can make to Defence and Defence capability,” Professor Monro said. 

“This new arrangement provides a robust framework for Defence to partner with universities and removes the need to negotiate individual contracts for every collaborative project.”

The framework follows the launch of More, together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030, which encourages Defence to increasingly draw on the research and innovation ecosystem across Australia to deliver capability.

“It’s critical that we harness the skills, talents and expertise of the entire innovation network to deliver the best possible outcomes for Defence and Australia more broadly,” Professor Monro said.

“With all 37 of our public universities in Australia signing on to this new partnering framework, we have a mechanism for achieving that.” 

More information about the Defence Science Partnerships agreement can be found at https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/partner-with-us/university