Government invests in deepening national Defence and security debate

Australia’s understanding of defence and security issues in the Indo-Pacific is getting a boost through the Government’s investment in a new university program in Perth.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said a grant awarded to the University of Western Australia would broaden and deepen the national debate.

“The University of Western Australia’s new Defence and Security Program is leveraging local expertise on issues such as defence industry, maritime security and the Indian Ocean,” Minister Reynolds said.

“I congratulate Professor Peter Dean on his selection as the inaugural head of the program. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, as one of Australia’s premier experts on Indo-Pacific security.”

Defence is providing $1.3 million to the University of Western Australia over four years to establish the Defence and Security Program. The University will collaborate with the state government, industry, academia and Defence to research and analyse national security issues in a rapidly changing strategic environment.

Defence supports independent research to inform its strategic policy advice to Government and to enhance the public debate on national security issues through its annual, open and competitive Strategic Policy Grants Program.

Defence is funding 24 activities through the 2020 round of the program, representing around $6.2 million in funding through the 2022-23 financial year.

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