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Queensland’s Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the centre would bring together the best minds to work with the defence industry to develop new drone and robotics technologies.

'For more than 10 years, Queensland has been building a critical mass of expertise in the development of autonomous systems,' Ms Jones said.

'We expect to see real innovative ideas come to realisation – that will make a real difference to our Australian Defence Forces and other industries.'

'The defence forces have a large presence in Queensland and our strong defence capability makes us a prime location for this centre that will bolster our growing defence ecosystem.'

The incoming CEO for the Defence CRC is Professor Jason Scholz.