Work with industry, academia and states and territories to develop principles to support the responsible and inclusive development and use of quantum technologies.
Ensure that Australia is actively represented in international quantum standards-setting bodies. Continue to work with industry to boost participation in international quantum standards development.
What we’ve heard
Quantum technologies present nearly endless opportunities. But these opportunities must serve the interests of Australian society and contribute to our national wellbeing. The public is increasingly aware of the ethical and social implications of new technologies, and we should not assume they will enthusiastically embrace quantum technologies.
By building principles for responsible development and use, quantum researchers and developers can develop technologies that align to Australian values and expectations and protect human rights. By adopting this approach, Australia can cement itself as a responsible technology developer and attract international companies and investors.
Standards for quantum technologies will give Australians confidence these technologies are being developed and deployed in a way that is trusted, secure and to their benefit. Technology standards and trusted measurement will help grow the sector by creating a competitive supplier market. This will give industry confidence to adopt new technologies and ensure global interoperability.
Standards will provide consistency and opportunities to Australian companies looking to develop or use this technology. With industry leading the way, Australia can have an active role in the global bodies that develop technology standards. This will help ensure that standards for quantum technologies support the growth of a vibrant and competitive marketplace by fostering interoperability, innovation, transparency and security.
The government will continue prioritising Australia’s representation in international quantum standards-setting bodies and developing principles for responsible and inclusive development and use. This work is consistent with our international obligations and the principles of Australia’s international cyber and critical technology engagement. We will also ensure that developing and adopting these standards doesn’t unnecessarily inhibit research, development and commercialisation of quantum technologies.
To maximise the opportunities of quantum, we must push for greater inclusion and diversity. This includes increasing the participation of women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other underrepresented groups. The quantum community must engage with rural and regional Australia and connect with families, teachers and children. That way, the whole of Australia can understand and benefit from quantum technologies.
The quantum industry will also play an important role in improving diversity and inclusion. This includes reducing the gender pay gap and supporting women's participation, particularly in senior positions.
These immediate actions address the challenges and opportunities identified in this strategy, by:
- ensuring the growth of Australia’s quantum ecosystem aligns with and protects Australian values, human rights and national wellbeing
- championing responsible innovation by designing frameworks for the responsible development and use of quantum technologies
- actively engaging with international standards development forums to represent Australia’s interests
- positioning Australia as a destination for talent and capital investment.