About us

AI is going to fundamentally transform how nations wage far. By failing to address it, the defence review leaves Australia unprepared for the future of war.

The Defence Research Institute (DRI) at UNSW Canberra works with the university’s experts and trusted partners in academia, industry and government. We translate UNSW’s world-class research into defence capabilities that enable Australia and its allies to meet the demands of a constantly changing security environment.

Our mission 

Aiming to deliver the best defence research to enhance Australia’s security, we build solid and lasting partnerships with Defence and defence industries around the world. We also share our knowledge with global policymakers and across academia, government and industry. 

The DRI plays a critical role in enhancing UNSW’s already enviable defence reputation by galvanising our research clusters across the university’s Sydney and Canberra campuses. We advance Australia’s global capabilities through education, innovation and engagement.

Meet our team

Tracey Hanley

Institute Manager
(02) 5114 5323

James Morrison

Business Development Manager – Defence
(02) 5114 5351

Joshua Sherman

Business Development Manager - Defence
(02) 9348 1333

Matthew Hand

Business Development Associate - Defence
(02) 5114 5338

Nick Day

Institute Administrator, UNSW Defence Research Institute
(02) 5114 5256

Partner with us

The DRI delivers across operational areas as diverse as Autonomous Systems, Hypersonics, Sensors and Space. Our UNSW Defence Capability Portfolio showcases our defence research and technology excellence across academia, government, industry and policy. We translate our knowledge into direct impacts to transform Australian and global societies.

Work with us

We’re constantly on the lookout for new talent to work on upcoming projects, with a focus on defence or security. If you’d like to be considered, please send us your details.