As a vital member of Australia's national security community, the Australian Signals Directorate works across the full spectrum of operations in contemporary signals intelligence and security agencies: intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations, in support of the Australian Government and Australian Defence Forces (ADF). This includes the ability to:

  • Inform (through foreign signals intelligence);
  • Protect (against cyber security risks); and
  • Disrupt (through cyber operations to support military operations, law enforcement and response to cyber incidents).

Within our unique partnership, ASD and ANU researchers collaborate in many areas to support these operational requirements, including through joint projects in:

  • Vulnerability research
  • Data science
  • Psychology
  • Cryptography
  • Secure systems
  • Number theory
  • Statistics
  • Linguistics 

The ASD - ANU Co-Lab currently collaborates with researchers from the following ANU Colleges and units:

ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

ANU College of Asia &the Pacific

ANU College of Business &Economics

ANU College of Engineering, Computing & Cybernetics

ANU College of Science


Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Alongside our annual Co-Lab Honours Grant program, the Co-Lab offers ad hoc funding for research projects at the Masters, MPhil, and PhD levels. These research projects may come from anywhere in the University, comprising computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics and linguistics. You don't have to already be studying at ANU to undertake postgraduate research with us. You will need to have identified an ANU supervisor (but not necessarily a project) to be considered for Co-Lab funding. 

Are you an ANU researcher and think your research enhance our national security operations? We'd love to hear about your project ideas and how they align with ASD operations. Contact us at

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