Accenture opens Canberra innovation hub for defence and national security

20 Aug 2018

US consultancy firm Accenture has opened an innovation hub for defence and national security in Canberra.

The hub will focus on new technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things, cyber security, robotics and advanced analytics.

The facility was opened by The Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry, who says the hub is a significant investment towards building local ICT capabilities, and will provide a dedicated space for Defence and National Security projects.

‘The Government welcomes Accenture’s investment in building a local ICT capability, which will help foster ongoing innovation and allow projects to transition into business operations quickly and seamlessly,’ says Minister Pyne in a Department of Defence media release.

‘Defence is proud to have a longstanding partnership with Accenture, having collaborated on the update and support of Defence human resource and air safety systems, as well as the delivery of ICT infrastructure modernisation projects.’

Catherine Garner, Practice Lead for Health & Public Service at Accenture, says the company is focused on innovation and building new digital capabilities for local clients.

‘This innovation hub embodies our investment in and commitment to implementing new and relevant technologies to support the growth and digital advancement of Australia’s government and health sectors,’ she says.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. In Australia, Accenture employs over 4,000 professionals working across a broad range of industries, including the public sector and Defence.