Cen­tre will boost sci­ence of de­fence


WA is to get its own De­fence Sci­ence Cen­tre, which will boost the State’s ca­pa­bil­ity and max­imise lo­cal de­fence-re­lated re­search and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The cen­tre, to be housed at De­fence West in East Perth, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments and WA’s four pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties. It is a key out­come of the McGowan Gov­ern­ment’s WA De­fence and De­fence In­dus­tries Strate­gic Plan.

Un­til now, WA has lagged other States which have sim­i­lar cen­tres.

De­fence Is­sues Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia, who will launch the cen­tre today, said it was es­tab­lished to cre­ate the right con­di­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of cut­ting-edge sci­ence and in­no­va­tion in WA.

The cen­tre will be a matchmaker be­tween uni­ver­si­ties, gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try to sup­port se­cu­rity and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment and ca­pa­bil­ity re­quire­ments, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on WA’s de­fence in­dus­try.

It will also part­ner with the Aus­tralian Math­e­mat­i­cal Sci­ences In­sti­tute’s APR.In­tern pro­gram to in­crease in­tern­ship projects by small and medium en­ter­prises in the de­fence sec­tor.

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