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Artificial intelligence

We are committed to ensuring that all Australians share the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI).

AI presents incredible opportunities to grow our economy, create jobs and improve our lives. AI technologies are:

  • helping small businesses better understand their customers
  • transforming local manufacturing to be more competitive
  • enabling us to manage our environment and resources more efficiently
  • solving significant national challenges like bushfires and health.

Developing and adopting responsible AI

Australia’s AI Action Plan envisions Australia as a global leader in developing and adopting trusted, secure and responsible AI. The plan is a key feature of the government’s Digital Economy Strategy.

The plan outlines the actions underway to realise this vision:

  • The National Artificial Intelligence Centre within CSIRO’s Data61 is coordinating Australia’s AI expertise and capabilities to address barriers for small and medium enterprises.
  • The Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Graduates program is attracting and training the next generation of AI specialists.
  • The Catalysing the Artificial Intelligence Opportunity in Our Regions program will provide grant funding for artificial intelligence projects under joint partnerships that deliver benefits to regional areas.
  • The AI and Digital Capability Centres grant program will help establish 4 centres to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to drive business adoption, use and commercialisation of AI technologies.
  • The Artificial Intelligence Solutions for a Stronger Australia Program will jointly develop and deploy AI-enabled solutions to address economic, health, social, infrastructure and environmental challenges of national scale.

See the plan’s timeline and budget measures for these actions.

Under the Digital Economy Strategy, we have also launched the Next Generation Emerging Technology Graduates program.

Progressing ethical AI

For Australia to realise the benefits of AI, people need to be able to trust that AI systems are safe, secure and reliable.

Australia’s AI Ethics Framework guides businesses, governments and other organisations to responsibly design, develop and use AI. It will help ensure AI is inclusive and reflects Australian values.

This voluntary framework includes 8 AI Ethics Principles. Organisations can apply them to:

  • achieve better outcomes with AI
  • reduce the risks of negative impacts
  • practice the highest standards of ethical business and good governance.

We’re progressing the framework by:

  • piloting the principles with Australian businesses
  • working with agencies to encourage greater uptake and consistency with the principles.

Collaborating internationally on responsible AI

Australia is collaborating on the responsible use and development of AI as a founding member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). The GPAI is the first multi-lateral forum dedicated to AI.

Read about our participation in the GPAI.

Building on Australia’s AI capabilities

The government committed $29.9 million in the 2018-19 Budget to strengthen Australia’s capability in AI and machine learning (ML).

This included:

Roadmap for AI technology

We commissioned CSIRO’s Data61 to develop an AI Technology Roadmap.

The roadmap:

  • shows how Australia can build on its strengths to solve national problems, grow the economy and export AI-driven solutions
  • identifies three high potential areas of AI specialisation for Australia.

Standards for AI

We commissioned Standards Australia to develop an AI Standards Roadmap.

The roadmap provides a framework for Australian to shape the development of standards for AI internationally.

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Last updated: 31 March 2022

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