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Defence strengthens ties with university sector

27 July 2020

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

The Defence Science Partnerships (DSP 2.0) agreement, which replaces an earlier agreement of the same name, involves every public university in Australia.

Professor Monro welcomed the support of the academic sector.

“Having come from the university sector, I am very much aware of the substantial contribution universities can make to Defence and Defence capability,” she 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 Defence’s bold new strategy for Defence science and technology which will see Defence increasingly draw on the research and innovation ecosystem across Australia to deliver Defence 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,” she said.

More information about the Defence Science Partnerships agreement can be found at: