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Accenture Opens Innovation Hub for Defence & National Security in Canberra

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Accenture (NYSE:ACN) today opened an innovation hub in Canberra,
providing defence and national security organisations in Australia and
New Zealand with access to the latest technology innovations and digital
solutions to help them innovate and stay ahead of an evolving threat
landscape.

Designed with a human-centric focus, the hub is a vibrant collaborative
environment that encourages co-creation and breakthrough thinking
between employees, defence and security agencies, and other digital
innovators. Focusing on new technologies including blockchain,
artificial intelligence, internet of things, cyber, robotics and
advanced analytics, the hub will help clients stay ahead of adversaries
through technology innovation.

"Defence organisations need to increase their resilience to emerging
threats and require secure, innovative and flexible delivery
capabilities, often on tight turnaround," said Matt
Gollings
, Accenture's defence & national security lead in Australia
and New Zealand. "Through on-site demonstrations of how innovative and
often disruptive digital technologies can enhance mission readiness,
deliver better operational outcomes and ultimately help deliver mission
success, our innovation hub addresses this need while maximising
innovation and delivering the defence agency of the future."

Officially opened by Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher
Pyne MP, the facility will also serve as a hub for Accenture's local
defence and national security-related corporate citizenship initiatives,
such as Accenture's contribution to the Prime Minister's Veteran's
Employment Program, along with providing a forum for collaboration
between industry, academia and research organisations.

Catherine
Garner
, who leads Accenture's Health & Public Service practice in
Australia and New Zealand, said, "We are focused on innovation and
building new digital capabilities for our 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."

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a
broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,
technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and
specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business
functions – underpinned by the world's largest delivery network –
Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their
stakeholders. With 449,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world
works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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