Defence centre opens in Melbourne

By Shannon Jenkins

June 3, 2021

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The Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions has announced the establishment of a new Defence Autonomy Centre of Excellence, which it says will guide the state’s competitive advantage within the sector.

Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend precinct will house the centre, which will create 280 new ‘high-value’ defence industry jobs, the department said on Tuesday.

“Victoria’s defence sector is critical to Australia’s national defence capability and contributes up to $8.4 billion to the state’s economy each year, employing around 24,000 people in 6,300 businesses,” it said.

The centre, which will be operated by engineering company SYPAQ Systems, will develop innovative technologies and intellectual property related to autonomous systems and cyber security.

SYPAQ will join Boeing, Leonardo and Siemens at the 480-hectare Fishermans Bend precinct. According to the state government, the precinct will eventually be home to around 80,000 people and 80,000 jobs by 2050.

SYPAQ managing director David Vicino said the opportunities at Fishermans Bend would allow the organisation to foster collaboration with other innovative companies and academia.

“We are excited about our prospects in Victoria and our ability to grow valuable jobs for Victorians and we’re extremely grateful for the support of the Victorian government,” he said.

“From the very beginning of our journey we had the bold vision of bringing back true Australian sovereign capability in aerospace engineering and manufacturing to Fishermans Bend, to pay homage to the pioneers of the industry and prove to the world that Port Melbourne, Victoria and Australia has the capabilities to deliver world-leading, cutting-edge C5ISREW and aerospace technologies. We’re so thrilled to be able to realise this vision.”

The state government has recently inked deals with defence companies Moog Australia, Segula Technologies and Hanwha Defense Australia.


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