$60 million committed to cutting-edge Defence Academy at Lot Fourteen

The Albanese and Malinauskas Governments will invest $60 million in the creation of the Australian Defence Technologies Academy at Lot Fourteen.

$60 million will be invested into the Australian Defence Technologies Academy, which will be established at Lot Fourteen by both the State and Federal government. This initiative aims to bolster sovereign research and development of defence capabilities within South Australia.

Commencing in 2026, Lot Fourteen will host a cutting-edge facility designed to offer essential digital training, education, and research resources vital to the defense industry. Additionally, it will integrate with other sectors such as space and cyber.

The Academy will be overseen by the newly formed Adelaide University, with a Memorandum of Understanding solidified among the Government of South Australia, University of Adelaide, and University of South Australia.

“The Advanced Defence Technologies Training Academy at Lot Fourteen signals the role of the new Adelaide University as a national leader for defence and national security research and education,” Professor Peter Høj AC and Professor David Lloyd, co-Vice-Chancellors of Adelaide University agreed.

“South Australia’s role as a trusted partner in a dynamic world is underpinned by a commitment to research in partnership with industry, ensuring that students at all levels experience the latest thinking and technology innovations in a way sets them up for future success.

“The Advanced Defence Technologies Training Academy will be unique in Australia. It will offer new fit-for-purpose premises which universities do not currently have access to, including sophisticated secure zones.”

Focused on enhancing South Australia’s skills and talent pool, the Academy will serve as a hub where research benefits from extensive industry expertise. It will foster collaboration between industry and academia, establishing the new Adelaide University as a key institution in defence and national security matters.

Funded through the Adelaide City Deal, this initiative represents an equitable and mutual investment by both the Australian and South Australian Governments, each committing $30 million to the project.

“My government is not hesitating in rapidly skilling-up the next generation to deliver the most complex machines that have been built in human history,” South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas said.

“We are investing in training, education and upskilling South Australians to establish a future-ready workforce.

“The Academy aims to strengthen South Australia’s skills and talent pool while providing a unique place where research-supported environments benefit from deep industry expertise.”

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