Defence Innovation Precinct for Tasmania

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Defence

The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

Bridget Archer MP

Member for Bass

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Ben Martin (Minister Reynolds’ office): +61 447 219 902
Kathy Quinn (Minister Price’s office): +61 468 369 301
Lucy Mercier (Mrs Archer’s office): +61 438 801 732

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14 July 2020

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  • Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP
  • Member for Bass, Bridget Archer MP


The Morrison Government is delivering on a key election commitment for Tasmania, with an agreement signed to develop the new Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct in Launceston which will create hundreds of jobs for Tasmanians.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the agreement between the Defence and the University of Tasmania (UTAS) outlined a three year program which will expand the capability of the Australian Maritime College (AMC).

“I’m pleased to deliver this funding to develop the Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct at the University’s Newnham Campus in Launceston,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This new precinct will foster maritime-specific solutions as well as a broad range of science and technology capabilities, drawing academics from across the country to support Defence Science and Technology.”

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said it is critical that we harness the skills, talents and expertise of the entire innovation network to deliver the best possible outcomes for Defence and Australia more broadly.

“Launceston has long been considered a hub of excellence in maritime engineering and innovation,” Minister Price said.

“This development will help preserve the AMC’s role as our national maritime institute, ensuring the needs of both civil and Defence maritime industrial sectors are served.”

Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer MP, said the partnership shows a significant investment in Tasmania and more specifically in the continued expansion and development of UTAS.

“This will create nearly 60 local jobs during the construction program, and it’s estimated the initiative will create over 150 new jobs in the region each year,” Mrs Archer said.

“It’s great news for our local economy, and will drive defence-related research and development projects from right here in Launceston.” 

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