Initiatives and services


Testing and analytical services

We offer an extensive range of testing and analytical services.

The SKA project in Australia

The SKA is a global project to build the world’s largest and most capable radio telescopes. They will be hosted in Australia and South Africa.

Time and frequency services

We have the most accurate time and frequency services in Australia. We measure time and frequency, calibrate instruments and deliver research, advice and training.


We facilitate international trade and investment through standards and conformance, mutual recognition and free trade agreements, and anti-dumping measures.


We help government agencies deploy secure authentication solutions.

Consider using VANguard if:

  • your agency provides services to businesses
  • you need to know who is interacting with you.

Venture capital program

We provide venture capital tax benefits to encourage investment in innovative early-stage businesses.

We do this through our venture capital programs:

  • Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships
  • Venture Capital Limited Partnerships
  • Australian Venture Capital Fund of Funds
  • Biomedical Translation Fund.

These programs help globally competitive Australian businesses grow and commercialise.


Women and girls in STEM

The Australian Government is increasing representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a range of programs and initiatives.

Women in STEM Ambassador

The Women in STEM Ambassador promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) gender equity. They increase awareness, build the case for change and make women in STEM more visible. Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith was appointed as Australia’s first Ambassador in October 2018.
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Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change.