Innovation is one of the most significant sources of sustainable competitive advantage and UNSW Canberra identified the opportunity for a dedicated innovation space that allows academics, businesses, government and the ACT community to come together to develop defence and security capability, talent and technology.
Launch on Northbourne provides start-ups, enterprises, associations, academics and alumni countless opportunities for collaboration in an innovative, secure and social environment. The dynamic environment at Launch on Northbourne is a testament to the passion and dedication of the Collaborators in the workspace. Collaboration isn’t just a proposition, we actively see it happening. UNSW Canberra have established a concept that is attracting Australian businesses that are integral in the future of Australia’s security. Launch on Northbourne is a precursor to the University’s planned Defence and Security Innovation Precinct at the new UNSW Canberra City campus.


Launch is an innovative, secure, and social environment. The model is centred around collaboration and co-working. Industry, government, and University will work side-by-side.


UNSW Canberra encourages interaction between tenants through the use of purpose-designed share zones. Collaboration networking events will be held regularly.


UNSW is committed to improving capability for the long-term interests of Australia. Launch will allow industry experts to collaborate and work toward the common goal of Australia’s Defence mission.


The space is designed to be flexible, offering a co-working environment, private offices, group suites and breakout areas. Launch on Northbourne is fitted-out with premium facilities and spaces suitable to the needs of any organisation – large or small.


Launch is located on Northbourne Avenue, just a 2-minute drive to the city centre. The site sits on the light-rail corridor and is within walking distance to Braddon’s entertainment and restaurant district.


Collaborators are more than just tenants – they make up the ecosystem of start-ups, associations, academics and enterprises that provide countless opportunities.

UNSW Defence Research Institute

Delivering word-class defence research to enhance Australia’s security.

The UNSW Defence Research Institute was established to stimulate, unify and support all defence-related research within the UNSW community while striving to build and maintain a network across both Australian and International defence industries.

The UNSW Defence Research Institute is committed to advancing defence capabilities using broad-based defence research with excellence in areas such as: cyber security, space, systems engineering, logistics, trusted autonomous systems, hypersonics, defence-related public sector management and conflict studies.

Headquartered and led from UNSW Canberra, the Institute draws on the expertise of researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Canberra, to provide Defence with solutions to real life issues.

Research conducted by the UNSW DRI will leverage UNSW’s unique relationship with Defence. In turn, it will be able to deliver targeted and effective research that will have the ultimate aim of strengthening the security of Australia.

The DRI will also enhance UNSW’s other valued partnerships by matching the research needs of defence initiatives internationally.


Industry Networks
UNSW industry partners are already enjoying early access to new research, technology and talent, benefiting from our established networks, technical infrastructure and experience in collaboration and innovation.
Formerly isolated industries and communities are evolving to more collaborative spaces in urban areas, to better enable cross-sector innovation, research and problem-solving.
In an industry first for Australia, UNSW Canberra invite defence and security industry, start-ups and entrepreneurs to join UNSW Canberra in a new innovation ecosystem. The backbone of innovation districts is the ability to tap into a network of innovators, researchers, thought leaders and existing commercial expertise. Launch will offer opportunities to share infrastructure and ideas, to socialise and network with complementary entities and individuals and to pool resources.
Launch on Northbourne builds off a successful base of established activity, talent and infrastructure that is maintained by UNSW Canberra at ADFA and the greater UNSW network. Operations at Launch on Northbourne hosts the predecessing model to the future Launch precinct which will form part of the new UNSW Canberra City campus.


Launch on Northbourne will facilitate an innovative environment for both established businesses and startups in an collaborative space, with modern facilities including:

  • Regular networking events
  • Dedicated Relationship Manager
  • Purpose-designed spaces to cater to research and development needs
  • Bookable breakout spaces, meeting rooms and presentation facilities
  • High speed Internet
  • Access to showers, irons and hair dryers
  • On-site barista coffee machines

A Second UNSW Campus for Canberra

UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is now at capacity; the new Canberra City campus allows the University to expand its offerings in Canberra and build on UNSW Canberra’s achievements, by creating a world class environment within the parliamentary triangle. The new campus enables UNSW’s strategic priorities of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact to thrive. The campus environment will provide a sense of place and pride in UNSW. Students, staff, alumni, members of the local community, and partners from the defence and security community located adjacent to the campus, will come together to innovate, transform, learn and contribute to society.