Conduct a national audit of quantum-related infrastructure enabling quantum research. The audit will identify capability gaps and areas for dedicated investment, including access to quantum computing capabilities.
Actively monitor supply chain challenges and opportunities affecting Australia’s quantum industries and move to address these wherever possible.
What we’ve heard
Australian researchers, start-ups and quantum businesses need advanced infrastructure, materials and tools to build a thriving quantum ecosystem across research, development and manufacturing.
Infrastructure and material needs differ across the quantum sector. For example:
- accessing existing quantum computing capabilities could help develop use cases for quantum technologies
- growing and effectively using existing manufacturing facilities will help translate research into applications
- access to flexible fabrication plants may help quantum researchers and start-ups access cheaper components and grow.
Reliable access to resilient and trusted domestic and international supply chains is also essential for a successful Australian quantum sector. Quantum technologies use mass-produced components, such as semiconductors, that are in high demand across the world. They also need bespoke components that are available from single sources or specialist manufacturers.
The Australian quantum industry relies on complex global supply chains for key materials and components. These complex global supply chains are vulnerable to disruption, resulting in unpredictable availability and costs. Australia could analyse future supply chain needs and identify areas where it can become a world leader, helping grow ongoing supply in the future.
These immediate actions address the challenges and opportunities identified in this strategy by:
- improving access to advanced infrastructure, materials and tools. This will drive growth and ensure Australia’s quantum ecosystem’s needs are met now and in the future
- providing more shared quantum infrastructure for research, development and domestic manufacturing
- growing a strong local quantum industry with sovereign capability and expertise to drive economic growth, productivity and jobs
- capitalising on our world-class infrastructure to make Australia an attractive destination for international talent.