THE SIR LAWRENCE WACKETT DEFENCE & AEROSPACE CENTRE, AT RMIT UNIVERSITY, SUPPORTS THE TRANSFORMATION AND GROWTH OF AUSTRALIA’S DEFENCE, AEROSPACE, AND TRANSPORT SYSTEMS INDUSTRIES. WE WORK WITH ORGANISATIONS TO BUILD GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIES BY DELIVERING TRUSTED TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, AND WORKFORCE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.
We have expertise in every stage of product development from concept, design and testing, to policy, and implementation. Through our commitment to industry best practice, transdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships, we support the growth of Australia’s high-tech economy by the Defence, Aerospace and Transport Systems industries.
The calibre and diversity of this expertise attracts researchers and students from around the world who undertake fellowships, postgraduate studies and internships with the Centre. We welcome postgraduate research candidates interested in aerospace and from other diverse and complementary disciplines.
Our broad capability makes us the partner of choice for a wide range of government, industry organisations and other research institutions.
RMIT has been a partner of Australia’s defence sector for 100 years. The Working Man’s College provided vocational training for more than 1,500 returned servicemen between 1917-1919.
RMIT contributed to the war effort between 1939 -1945 training more than 20,000 servicemen and women in communications and 2,000 in munitions production. It was partly due to RMIT’s service to defence that saw Queen Elizabeth II award royal patronage to RMIT in 1954.
The Centre honours Sir Lawrence James Wackett, a celebrated Australian aviation pioneer.
RMIT Uni has been named a finalist for the Defence Connect Academic Institution of the Year Award 2020
Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre Director Michelle Gee has been named a finalist for the Defence Connect Academic of the Year Award 2020
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer