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Edith Cowan University is a member of the Team WA group of universities that coordinate on Defence and other matters to achieve synergies across the academic sector and avoiding inefficiencies or duplication.  The other universities in Team WA include Curtin University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame and The University of Western Australia.

ECU is a partner of the Defence Science and Technology Group and a member of the 32-strong Defence Science Partnership (DSP) of DST.  ECU participates in associated research networks under the DSP, which support Defence and are funded in part through the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

ECU is a member of the Defence Industry Education and Skilling Consortium (DIESC), which has an initial focus on skills required to support Australian naval shipbuilding but will also address other education requirements to support the Defence sector. Formal relationships with industry partners in shipbuilding and other Defence industries are being formalised.

In cyber security, ECU is a lead partner in the Cyber Security CRC.  ECU also partners with Sapien, a company that provides actionable intelligence to help protect Operational Technologies.  With the immense value of cyber security R&D to protect systems such as used by Defence, ECU will develop formal partnerships to focus on Defence’s cyber security.

ECU is a member of the Australian Defence Information and Electronic Systems Association (ADIESA), which is an industry group with a mission to enhance Australia’s Defence Capabilities predominantly in the information and electronic systems domain.  ADIESA aims to assist with force modernisation and encourage business process improvement, by facilitating increased collaboration between Industry, Defence and other relevant elements of Government.

ECU is a sponsor of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, but also partners with and sponsors a range of other groups that are involved in the promotion of Australian interests.  Through these partnerships, ECU is able to contribute meaningfully to the body of knowledge and the discourse on important matters to Australia.

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