DMTC was established in 2008 under the Australian Government’s Defence Future Capability Technology Centre Program. Our role as a leader and steward of industrially-focused innovation was confirmed and extended through the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.
Formerly known as the Defence Materials Technology Centre, DMTC’s successful deployment of our collaborative model across the air, land and maritime sectors has provided government agencies with the confidence to engage DMTC to work in new technology fields such as medical countermeasures and high altitude space sensors.
DMTC supports Australian defence capability by advancing the knowledge and technical capability of Australia’s defence industry. Through collaborative research projects – involving industry and research partners – critical technologies and capabilities are being developed that address key defence and national security challenges and drive capability outcomes to meet Australia’s sovereign national security objectives.
Collaborating through DMTC allows Australian industry to leverage our existing relationships with Defence and research agencies, and build the capability and capacity of supply chains. DMTC’s standardised approach to contract management and our project oversight role removes an administrative burden for companies and allows industry partners to direct all resources to realising project outcomes.
Historical data suggests that the bulk of DMTC project activities fall in the range from Technology Readiness Level 3 (TRL 3) to TRL 7-8.