A long standing commitment to the defence sector

South Australia is the Defence State and plays a significant role in delivering Australia’s Defence capability.

With a competitive business environment, a strong Defence presence and a vibrant research and development ecosystem, South Australia is the best place for defence-relevant invention and innovation.

With strengths in a variety of defence-relevant research fields, three world-class research universities and Defence Science and Technology's (DST) largest Australian operation, South Australia has a long history of success in collaborative defence research and development.

Key ADF operational units, important research and development activities, and major test and training facilities are important contributors to South Australia's economic growth.

Defence projects and research and development activity are major contributors to South Australia's economy. A focus on growing defence-relevant areas such as cyber security, space technologies, advanced materials and autonomous systems continues strengthen the state's economic future.