As an initiative of UNSW’s 2025 Strategic Plan, the Defence Research Institute at UNSW Canberra was established to stimulate, unify and support all defence-related research within the UNSW community while striving to build and maintain a network across Australian and international defence industries.
We operate at the frontiers of science and technology to help deliver transformational innovations that advance Australia’s global capabilities, redefine the modern defence landscape and change the world for the better.
UNSW excels in defence research areas such as cyber security, space, systems engineering, artificial intelligence, logistics, hypersonics, defence-related public sector management and conflict studies.
This portfolio showcases UNSW’s excellence in defence research and technology and highlights our work across academia, government and industry, as well as with global policymakers, to create a hub of defence-related knowledge.
Read through our latest news and updates, discovering the latest DRI discoveries and innovations as well as details of partnerships and where we’re headed.
Explore the breadth of UNSW’s expertise in defence education, with many more courses available through our Sydney and Canberra campuses as well as online delivery mode.
We work with UNSW’s experts and trusted partners in academia, industry and government to translate world-class research into defence capabilities. Learn more about our goals and how we operate.
UNSW has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to carry out a research project on the development of high-efficiency solar cells. This project will be carried out for three and a half years.
On the 1st of December 2022, MITRE Australia opened a new facility in Canberra, Australia.
UNSW quantum scientists deliver world’s first integrated circuit at the atomic scale.
UNSW Canberra Space researchers have worked with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), CSIRO and New Zealand astronomers to detect a potentially hazardous asteroid.