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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.

Canberra has an established defence business network and is the best place in Australia for opportunities in the defence sector.

Australia’s major defence partner

No other city in Australia has the same proximity to decision makers, procuring agencies and government infrastructure. We’re at the forefront of innovation.

Canberra serves the growing needs of defence, security, civilian and international allied forces. There’s a highly skilled workforce in the defence sector with productive industry and research partnerships.

We develop innovations and cutting-edge technologies for defence. These are sourced directly or through the global supply chain. We’re particularly active in:

  • intelligence
  • surveillance and reconnaissance
  • cyber security
  • professional services
  • ICT integrated systems
  • space and spatial sciences
  • human performance improvement in the operation of vehicles, aircraft and equipment

Why do defence business in Canberra

We’re close to procuring agencies and key decision makers. Locating Australian defence business here is an advantage for:

  • thriving and vibrant small-medium enterprises
  • defence primes
  • supply chain participants

Defence business also benefits from our:

  • high-tech companies developing new technologies and services
  • proximity to top-ranked universities and research institutions
  • business-focused industry organisations and resources designed to encourage growth in the defence sector

Defence networks and industry groups in Canberra

Contact us to learn more about investment opportunities in the ACT Defence sector and our support services.

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Interested in doing business in Canberra?

Contact the business team for information and advice.