Australia and the United States have signed a joint statement to cooperate on quantum technology innovation and commercialisation.
The statement aims to enhance each country’s quantum industry capabilities through improved market access and knowledge sharing.
Read the full statement below.
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia, (hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants" and singularly as "the Participant"):
We recognise the depth and strength of the economic and strategic relationship between Australia and the United States of America and note both nations’ shared commitment to our democratic institutions and to an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region, underpinned by rules, norms and respect for sovereignty.
We recall the commitments in the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia which set out a framework for the conduct of the overall science and technology relationship between our countries.
We acknowledge that science and technology (S&T) is the engine that enables transformative capabilities. At its core, S&T research are collaborative, transnational efforts. Accordingly, working together is essential to scientific discovery and societal benefit.
We recognise that quantum technologies – broadly based on the study and application of quantum mechanics to explore new ways to acquire, transmit and process information – is a critical emerging technology that could enable more powerful computers, more capable communication networks and more precise and accurate sensors.
We understand that the quantum ecosystem is global, interconnected and includes stakeholders from many different sectors including academia, government and the private sector. This allows the movement and synergy of ideas, expertise and creativity to advance scientific discovery, develop new quantum-enabled technologies and apply them to the shared challenges of our time.
We affirm our responsibility to steward a quantum ecosystem, which entails fostering broad and inclusive participation in the field and public awareness of quantum; collectively, these are essential to broadly realise the benefits of this field and achieve the future of quantum-enabled economies.
Together, we intend to advance our shared vision of a vibrant, secure, trusted and interconnected quantum ecosystem.
We have reached the following understandings:
The purpose of this Joint Statement on Cooperation in Quantum Science and Technology is to promote partnerships and enable cooperation between the Participants. This Joint Statement underscores the intent to:
We intend to advance this cooperative agenda by the following means:
We confirm our mutual understanding that cooperation informed and enabled by this Statement will be pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia on Cooperation in Science and that the terms of the S&T Agreement and related agreements govern this cooperation, including with regard to issues relating to financial arrangements, confidentiality, and the protection and allocation of intellectual property created or furnished in the course of cooperative activities.
Elevating this cooperation across quantum scientific research, technology and innovation promises to deepen our bonds of friendship and understanding, strengthen our economies and contribute to global science and technology knowledge.