Initiatives and services


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.

Trade measurement calibration services

Accurate measurement supports the efficient operation of our economy.


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

We are increasing representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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.

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