New $18.4 million Australian Centre for Quantum Growth

The federal government has selected the University of Sydney’s Quantum Australia to establish and run a new $18.4 million Australian Centre for Quantum Growth, according to Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic.

Promised in the government’s National Quantum Strategy, the centre will build connections across Australia’s booming quantum community.

Husic took to social media and said: “We’re determined to draw on our nation’s incredible quantum talent to help deliver a future made in Australia.

“I’m happy to let you know the Albanese government has selected Quantum Australia to run the centre, a consortium bringing together industry and science to help boost our quantum edge.”

The federal government’s $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund has one billion dollars earmarked for critical technologies, including quantum industries, and the technology has also been identified as critical to Australia’s AUKUS pillar 2 objectives.

The new centre will undertake activities to build connections across the quantum ecosystem, bridge the gap between research and commercialisation, catalyse industry growth, educate the broader community on quantum technologies and strengthen Australia’s position as a global quantum leader.

The Australian Centre for Quantum Growth will see Quantum Australia deliver three programmes:

  • The Quantum Ecosystem Development program will deliver a deeply connected quantum stakeholder landscape with improved understanding of the potential for quantum technologies
  • The Translation Accelerator programme will grow the Australian quantum industry, unlock new use-cases for quantum technology, increase industry-academic research partnerships, and help grow the quantum workforce.
  • The Entrepreneurship Support programme will attract quantum entrepreneurs nationwide and internationally, supporting them on their journey from experts to founders.

Picture: Quantum Australia industry event 2024 presented by Sydney Quantum Academy

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