Research that enhances the safety of all Australian personnel and enables national defence systems to meet an increasingly complex security landscape.
Our leading edge in defence technology
The University of Melbourne is engaged in developing advanced defence technologies, including crossing and redefining the frontiers of human–machine interfaces, sensor technologies, advanced materials, medical countermeasures, enhanced human performance and autonomous systems. Our commitment is to research that enhances the safety of all Australian personnel and enables national defence systems to meet an increasingly complex security landscape.
Our teams have the insight and experience to analyse technological challenges, conceptualise solutions and rigorously evaluate outcomes through simulation and prototype testing in advanced testing facilities.
Crucially, we work with our partners to deliver defence and industry-ready solutions to the most demanding technical requirements.
CAREN (Computer assisted rehabilitation environment)
We’re using VR to visualise individual patient biomechanics to optimise healing of real-world injuries.
Home to one of the top-five biomedical precincts in the world, we have a long history of developing breakthrough responses to existing and emerging biological and chemical threats.
High-strength lightweight body armour
We have helped develop a new generation of boron-carbide body arm that is now protecting Australian soldiers in the field, while improving mobility and endurance.
Get in touch
We are client-focussed and collaborative – we work side-by-side with your leaders, engineers and scientists to develop solutions to your challenges.
From complex multi-partner research to short consulting projects, talk to us about your needs for:
- Emerging technologies
- Developing technology strategies
- Engineering customised solutions
- Leveraging our state-of-the-art research facilities
Let us help you solve your technology challenges.
Discover why our capabilities are at the leading edge.
- DST research collaboration to enhance the design of acoustic materials
Defence has signed a three-year collaboration agreement with universities and industry to develop new acoustic materials for underwater vehicles.News
- Case study: EpiFx and EpiDefend
Gaining control over pandemics with predictive modelling.News
- Making waves on the quiet: how submarines can avoid detection
Research to study the dynamics of a submarine’s telltale wake and the project has made an important breakthrough.News
- Using virtual reality to treat real-world injuries
Biomechanical technology that uses virtual reality can not only help treat injuries, but also prevent them.News
- Could robots protect us in the surf?
Multi-vehicle robotics will help solve some of the problems faced by humans doing dirty and dangerous jobs.News