Defence Innovation Portal

Welcome to the entry point to Defence innovation

The Department of Defence welcomes your innovative ideas, no matter how big or small. You don’t have to represent a multinational firm. If you have your own business, belong to a think-tank, or anything in-between, Defence wants to hear from you.

The Defence Innovation Hub

The Defence Innovation Hub will invest around $640 million over the decade in maturing and further developing technologies which have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages of the innovation process.

Next Generation Technologies Fund

With an investment of $730 million over the decade to June 2026, the Next Generation Technologies Fund is a forward looking program focusing on research in emerging and future technologies for the “future Defence force after next”.

The Defence Innovation Hub

The Defence Innovation Hub will invest around $640 million over the decade in maturing and further developing technologies which have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages of the innovation process. It is an exciting initiative which will pull together research institutions, academia, industry and innovative technologies. The Defence Innovation Hub will build collaborative programs with Defence stakeholders and will champion innovation across Defence, helping to bring about cultural change.

Intellectual Property Strategy

Our new Intellectual Property Strategy explains Defence's approach to IP. It seeks to achieve an appropriate balance between the commercial interests of industry and those of Defence. A fundamental principle of the IP strategy is that Defence will not seek to own IP created in connection with the Defence Innovation Hub unless there are compelling reasons to do so, such as national security.

The new IP Strategy will facilitate a relationship of collaboration over the life of each innovation contract.

Innovation Contract Template

The contract template has been designed to increase incentives to innovation and attract interest from industry through its user-friendly and plain English design; and flexible collaborative structure.

Our new contracting arrangements assist in streamlining contracting procedures to make it simpler and less costly for Australian Industry to do business with Defence. You can expect greater collaboration with Defence and considerably reduced time to contract execution.

Important documents to help you innovate with the Defence Innovation Hub

Next Generation Technologies Fund

The Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), managed by Defence Science and Technology Group, is a new government initiative introduced with the Defence Industry Policy Statement in 2016. Together with the Defence Innovation Hub and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, these three form the integrated Defence innovation system.

With an investment of $730 million over the decade to June 2026, the Next Generation Technologies Fund is a forward looking program focusing on research in emerging and future technologies for the "future Defence force after next". Innovative technologies and concepts researched under the NGTF could be further developed and realised into capability through the Defence Innovation Hub.

DST Group will progressively establish a series of collaboration vehicles funded by the NGTF. Detailed information will be made available as they are progressively launched.

Current opportunities

Program information

Resources

Infographic of how to access the Defence innovation system

Diagram shows how to access the Defence innovation system. Tile 1 depicts the types of participants that could access the Defence Innovation System, ie Small to medium enterprises, primes, research institutions, academia and think tanks. Tile 2 depicts the CDIC. Business advisers in the CDIC will work with you to help you to put your best foot forward when you want to submit an innovation proposal to Defence. Tile 3 depicts the Defence Innovation System which contains the Defence Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund. The system is driven by Defence Capability Priorities and underpinned by 1.6 billion dollars in Government funding.

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