Competitive Advantage

Superior Research & Development Facilities

The City of Salisbury’s industries and community have access to superior R&D facilities, through the University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Mawson Lakes campus and the Defence Science and Technology Group

Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG)

The Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG) located at Edinburgh Parks, is the Australian Government’s lead agency response for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. It is one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, delivering export, impartial advice and innovative solutions for defence and national security. For more info visit the Department of Defence, Science & Technology website.

University of South Australia (UniSA)

With a reputation as a dynamic, vibrant and connected research organisation committed to producing high quality research outputs relevant to real-world situations and a strong focus on excellent, multidisciplinary and collaborative research, UniSA offers businesses extensive synergies when undertaking research and development initiatives.

UniSA has 8 Research Institutes, 13 Research Centres and a range of committed research groups and individuals undertaking world-leading research into a range of areas including an age friendly world, transforming industries, scarce resources, cancer, healthy futures, transforming societies and defence.

UniSA’s Mawson Lakes Campus is home to 5 Research Institutes that include:

Barbara Hardy Institute

The Barbara Hardy Institute brings together world-leading researchers to work in multidisciplinary teams on real-world issues. Establlished in 2005 and reconstituted as the Barbara Hardy Institute in 2011, whose patron is the well-known and widely respected Dr Barbara Hardy, champions her vision for the 'widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices' by utilising multidisciplinary research approaches that challenge conventional thinking. The Institute ethos is to support its members in conducting relevant, globally significant, multidisciplinary research. The Institute collaborates with partners internally, nationally and internationally, engaging stakeholders and building partnerships to attract investment and promote research. Currently, the team includes around 250 members, who share the same vision: doing great research into sustainability. For more info visit the Barbara Hardy Institute website.

Defence & Systems Institute (DASI)

Australia’s largest provider of research and education in systems engineering and information assurance with a defence orientation. At DASI they have experts who you can work with in the intricacies and nuances of defence and defence procurement across the full life cycle, from concept through development to integrated logistics support. Highly regarded in the Asia-Pacific region DASI is committed to supporting industries technical capabilities, providing trained personnel to meet expanding needs, assist businesses to operate more effectively, and provide input to defence thinking and policy development. Some of their research laboratory features four Unmanned Ground Vehicles, Vertical Takeoff, Landing Unmanned Arial Vehicles, Combat mission system and network of interconnected workstations to support teaching and research in real-time. Some of their major clients and collaborations include Defence Science and Technology Organisation, BAE Systems Australia, Saab Systems and ASC. For more info visit the Defence & Systems Institute website.

Future Industries Institute (FII)

New technologies are changing the face of global economies. Australia is not immune to this disruption, and diversification from traditional industry bases is essential for future prosperity. The FII is a major commitment by UniSA to meet this need head on. FII focuses on creating high value, knowledge intensive alternatives underpinned by unique skill bases, infrastructure technology solutions and collaborative research relationships. It brings together the University’s world-class strengths in advanced manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering and environmental science, and encourages researchers to blur the boundaries and build new relationships between industry and academia.

To help drive collaboration and economic transformation, the South Australian Government invested $7.5 million, over three years, into the Future Industries Accelerator Program. This program provides local businesses with support to access infrastructure for collaborative research and development projects and facilitates staff exchanges through annual mobility grants. For more information visit the Future Industries Institute (FII) website.

Institute for Telecommunications Research

Continues to be Australia’s most significant university research groups in the area of wireless telecommunications. ITR is an internationally recognised research organisation, specialising in research and technology development for wireless communications, including both fixed, mobile, satellite and terrestrial based applications. ITR conducts its research in three main areas: satellite communications, high speed data communications and flexible networks. Major facilities at the Mawson lakes campus include Advance Prototyping Laboratory, Mobile Ad-hoc Networking Laboratory and satellite ground station facilities. Some of the Institutes major clients and collaborations include Satellite Services BV (Netherlands), Cisco, Australian Defence and Spot Imaging Services. For more info visit the Institute for Telecommunications Research website.

Natural & Built Environments Research Centre

Natural & Built Environments Research Centre sits within the School of Natural and Built Environments within the Division of ITEE at Mawson Lakes. NBE conducts specialist and interdisciplinary research to support improved environmental and socio-economic sustainability. With more than 50 full-time academic staff and over 100 PhD students, the School provides a stimulating and well-resourced research environment. Its research is funded through Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and grants from industry and government agencies. PhD and Masters by research degrees are offered in all discipline areas across the School. For more info visit the Natural & Built Environments Research Centre website.

Want to know more about Salisbury's research & development?

For more information on UniSA Research institutes and centres, please email us or call the City of Salisbury (Polaris) on (08) 8260 8205.