Queensland quantum strategy shoots for the stars


A new strategy to support the continued growth of the quantum technology industry has been launched by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during her CEDA State of the State address.

The strategy leverages Queensland’s research and fabrication capabilities across quantum and other related technologies such as semiconductors, superconductors, photonics, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), for industry sectors such as renewable energy, critical minerals, batteries, medicine, and defence.

It will also support the commercialisation of research and intellectual property in Queensland by attracting and building new advanced technology businesses in the state, creating skilled jobs on home soil, according to a statement.

The strategy has five key pillars:

  • Deep science capability to maintain Queensland’s leadership position in quantum science
  • Science commercialisation to grow the local quantum and advanced technologies pipeline
  • Quantum workforce to train, attract and retain the skilled people needed for a quantum ecosystem
  • Engagement and missions to help industry to become adept at using deep science to solve Queensland’s challenges
  • And investment to attract external commitments into the Queensland quantum ecosystem.

The strategy was prepared in consultation with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, and key quantum and advanced technology companies.

The head of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems Professor Andrew White said: “This level of investment will make Queensland a global player the next era of quantum technology.

“Our researchers are leading the state’s first quantum technology startup, Analog Quantum Circuits (AQC), by developing superconducting circuits for quantum computers out of Brisbane.

“Queensland has exceptional expertise in quantum technology which has the power to benefit industry, improve lives and help combat climate change.”

Delivery of the Strategy will be overseen by Quantum Innovation Queensland, a new governance group with representatives from universities, industry and government and led by the incoming Queensland Chief Scientist.

Additionally, a new Quantum and Advanced Technologies Directorate will be formed within the Department of Environment and Science to be a ‘front door’ for the quantum sector, deliver the Strategy’s programmes, and foster the long-term growth of the quantum and advanced technologies sector.

Picture: Professor Andrew White

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