Security and defence research

Deakin University has supported defence research and innovation for more than 30 years, drawing on a broad range of multidisciplinary capabilities to deliver future-focused defence solutions.

Our research

Four faculties with 14 schools, six research institutes and more than a dozen strategic research centres at Deakin provide world-class expertise and facilities relevant to the support of people and development of technologies within the defence sector.

Learn more about our research strengths

Autonomous systems

We’ve designed and built world-class autonomous systems for our partners, including fully autonomous ground vehicles and UAVs.

Robotics and haptics

Our haptically-enabled robots allow law enforcement agencies, militaries and mining companies to explore places otherwise unreachable.


We have expertise in protective security and information warfare, cyber analytics, AI and forensics and incident management.

Artificial intelligence

Our capabilities extend to deep learning, machine learning, deep uncertainty quantification, computer vision, data analytics and applied robotics.

Defence education

We currently partner with the Australian War College to provide education and professional development of senior Australian military officers, public servants and regional partners.

Advanced materials

We’ve developed ground-breaking materials that protect our defence forces in the harshest of environments.

Why partner with us?

Proven track record in delivering outstanding defence projects

World-class facilities including a new security cleared building in Waurn Ponds

Expertise in transforming research into defence and security products

Defence and Security Symposium 2020

8 December 2020 – Deakin University, Virtual (Zoom)

The Defence White Paper recognises that a close collaboration between Defence, Industry and Academia is vital to the security of Australia.  In the process this collaboration also works to foster game changing innovation and commercialisation opportunities.

The Defence and Security Symposium (DSS) is an annual event which brings together participants from defence, industry and academia to exchange ideas and information and to connect with decision makers from Defence, academic researchers and industry capability developers.

Symposium Theme: Sovereign capability and threats in a dynamically changing world

This symposium aims to bring together subject matter experts from government, industry, and academic to discuss challenges and opportunities in establishing sovereign capabilities pertaining to Defence and Security for Australia.

The symposium topics encompass strategic and operational issues related to government priority, industrial complexity, and research intricacy on sovereign defence and security capabilities in the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains.  With rapid advances in smart technologies, the emerging and disruptive cyber-physical threats toward the established sovereign capabilities stand as one of the critical problems to be addressed.

During the symposium, subject matter experts will share expertise and experience, and shed light on policies, strategies, and technologies to undertake the near-, medium-, and long-term challenges in ensuring sustainability of sovereign defence and security capabilities of Australia as well as in defying the ongoing and imminent threats in today’s dynamically changing world.

Please register in advance for this webinar.

Register here

Download the Defence and Security Symposium program here

Recent project

Exoskeleton technologies

Launched to the defence sector in 2014, FORTIS is now being refined by Deakin human performance and computational intelligence experts and is entering a new phase of non-military applications.

Our facilities

3D printers, haptics labs, virtual reality equipment and a high-G centrifuge are just some of the incredible facilities powering our innovations. With a new security cleared building, we are well positioned to help with your project.

Discover our facilities

Contact us

If you’d like to learn more about our projects and how our research capabilities can benefit you, we’d love to hear from you.

(03) 5227 1352