Assistant Minister for Defence - Government supports job creating Defence Materials Technology Centre

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The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Assistant Minister for Defence

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26 March 2014

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today announced an extension of funding for the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) at their annual conference in Canberra.

Mr Robert said the DMTC is a member of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Association and is funded in part by the Federal Government through the Defence Future Capability Technology Centre Program, in collaboration with the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland State Governments and industry partners.

“I am pleased to announce the Government has recently agreed to secure funding for the DMTC for an additional three years. This will enable the DMTC to continue to drive the creation of Australian industry capability and Australian jobs in advanced manufacturing and associated technologies,” Mr Robert said.  

“Technology that was researched and developed through DMTC has been commercialised through the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program.

“Simply put, this means the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, whether on operations or humanitarian missions, will continue to benefit from the technological advancements available to improve their safety and security on the job.”

The DMTC assists Australian defence industry to develop world leading technology, which provides Australian industry with the potential to compete in the global defence marketplace.

The Centre ensures that Defence has a source of expert manufacturing practices across a broad range of industrial sectors, as well as advice on the potential for new materials, products or concepts to meet Defence capability requirements.

Together with some of Australia’s leading universities and defence industry partners, the DMTC is ideally positioned to draw together leading Australian military research and development activities to support Australian troops in the modern battlefield. 


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Richard Briedis (Minister Robert): 0477 391 174
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