Innovation priorities

The Defence Innovation Hub seeks submission for innovations that will strengthen Defence capability in areas of strategic importance.

Industry and research organisations can make submissions across Defence operational domains.

While submissions are welcome across Defence’s capability domains, in 2022/23, the following key focus areas will be a high investment priority for the Hub:

  • Integrated air and missile defence (IAMD);
  • undersea warfare; and
  • guided weapons and explosive ordnance (GWEO);

Read more about the specific capabilities Defence is seeking across each of the key focus areas.

Capabilities by domain

Information and Cyber

Defence is seeking technologies in secure and resilient information systems, offensive and defensive electronic warfare capabilities and technologies that enhance joint command and control capabilities.

  • Enhance joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
  • Enhance joint command, control, communications and computing (C4) capabilities to provide more secure connectivity and better synchronised forces.
  • Enhance situational awareness through improved intelligence, analysis, communications, navigation, targeting and surveillance.
  • Enhance joint integration, analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data across all operating domains, including capabilities that reduce human involvement in these processes.
  • Enhance understanding of the online, digital, social media and cyber environments to identify, predict and respond to risks to strategic assets.
  • Enhance understanding and management of the electromagnetic environment to facilitate greater mobility and information sharing, reducing interference while improving access to bandwidth, and supporting enhanced decision-making.
  • Reduce the reliance on human intervention in spectrum management, monitoring and switching.
  • Strengthen Defence’s cyber defence systems to build resilience and robustness.
  • Harmonise data and technology architectures, including electronic warfare open architectures, to support scalable and expandable capabilities.


Defence is seeking technologies that could increase survivability and effectiveness of all maritime platforms, including signature management, autonomous and remotely piloted platforms, advanced environmental sensing systems and processes for crewing, and human-machine integration.

  • Enhance maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare (ISREW) capabilities.
  • Enhance long range strike capabilities, their components and supporting technologies.
  • Enhance anti-submarine and undersea warfare operations including in persistent surveillance, combat, C4, support and sustainment sub-systems.
  • Enhance mine warfare capabilities, including mine countermeasures.
  • Enhance the survivability of ships in combat.
  • Increase the number and capacity of at-sea weapons available in naval task groups.


Defence is seeking technologies that could enhance situational awareness capabilities, including air defence and airborne weapons systems, electronic warfare, early warning and control capabilities, and technologies that can sense and better understand operating environments.

  • Enhance integrated air and missile defence systems (IAMD).
  • Enhance long range strike capabilities, including hypersonic missiles and their components, materials and processes necessary for the manufacture, maintenance, use and storage of long-range strike capabilities.
  • Enhance technology or equipment used for in-air operations, including air-to-air refuelling and airborne weapons systems.
  • Enhance technology or equipment that improve the survivability of aircraft and crew against modern threats.
  • Reduce the cost-per-shot, and/or increase magazine depth and/or sustainable readiness of any of the above.


Defence is seeking technologies in space domain awareness, management and access to space capabilities.

  • Enhance space services, including satellite communications, positioning, navigation and timing and Earth observation services.
  • Develop digital modelling and software architecture that allows classified, collaborative sovereign development between Five Eyes partner nations.
  • Develop highly automated ‘human-in-the-loop’ systems that can provide a common space operating picture for Five Eyes partner nations; and
  • Enhance space control, including ground-based and space-based situational awareness capabilities that can identify, track and respond to threats.


Defence is seeking technologies that enhance human performance, amphibious warfare capabilities, robotics and autonomous systems, and future special operations capabilities.

  • Develop advanced protection systems for vehicles and individual soldiers that do not impact mobility.
  • Develop technology underpinned by autonomous systems, including dismounted systems that can reduce human intervention without impacting mobility, situational awareness, accuracy or lethality.
  • Enhance efficiency and effectiveness of combatants in hostile environments, including enhancements to small arms and munitions.
  • Deliver improved signature management and signal disruption technologies.
  • Provide cheap, reliable, effective and easy-to-use deception measures such as decoys and signal emulators for hiding land capabilities at multiple levels.

Defence Enterprise

Defence is seeking technologies to support the resilience and effective management of critical infrastructure, information and communications technology, logistics, science and technology and health services to ensure longer-term operations and operational ability during times where supply chains may be strained.

  • Develop and explore quantum computing to meet current and future Defence needs for enterprise and military applications;
  • Leverage emerging opportunities in artificial intelligence and machine learning to support complex decision making and reduce potential delays caused by human intervention;
  • Develop and leverage enterprise-wide cloud capabilities, with consideration to applicability in operational contexts, to deliver enhanced data management outcomes;
  • Enhance future energy management and resilience in the deployed and barracks environments;
  • Explore opportunities to provide enhancements to the physical and cognitive capability and capacity of ADF personnel and ongoing health management;
  • Develop and enhance Defence training and simulation systems for operational and logistical scenarios across all domains;
  • Enhance joint logistics capabilities, including fuel resilience, fuel and explosive ordinance storage and the modularisation and digitisation of supply systems; and
  • Enhance self-reliant geospatial information and intelligence systems, including hydrographic capabilities and technology that supports precision-guided weaponry.

Frequently asked questions

Why are the priorities changing?

The Hub’s shift from the six existing innovation priorities to key focus areas and the operational domains, aims to ensure Hub investments remain responsive to the rapid rate of technological change and the shifting strategic environment. This change will help ensure the Hub can continue to target innovative ideas that will deliver capability where the Australian Defence Force need them most.

Additionally, the new approach is designed to offer more detail for industry so it has a good understanding of what Defence is looking for.

What happens to submissions made before 1 July?

Submissions made before 1 July should align to the existing innovation priorities and will be considered based on those. Submissions made after 1 July 2022 should align with the new key focus areas or operational domains.

Are submissions targeting key focus areas more likely to be successful?

The key focus areas will be a high priority for investment. Defence also encourages submissions across the domains outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan.

Where can I find out more about the key focus areas?

You can read more detailed information about the specific capabilities under each domain as well as the key focus areas on the Defence Innovation Hub website. In the lead up to 1 July, further details will be provided about the key focus areas.

Can I resubmit a proposal that was previously unsuccessful, after 1 July 2022?

Proposals that are re-submitted will undergo the standard evaluation process. If you intend to resubmit a proposal we strongly recommend you take on all feedback provided and engage with the Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) prior to re-submitting to ensure the greatest chance of success.

I have a current contract with the Hub, how does this change impact me?

There will be no impact on current contracts.