Artificial intelligence

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

AI presents 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.

The Australian Government identified AI as a critical technology in the national interest.

Developing and adopting AI

We are supporting Australia to become a global leader in developing and adopting trusted, secure and responsible AI.

National Artificial Intelligence Centre

Coordinating Australia's expertise and capabilities for a strong, collaborative and focused AI ecosystem that benefits all Australians.

Next Generation Graduate Program, CSIRO

The program attracts and trains the next generation of AI and emerging technology specialists

AI Adopt Program

The program will fund centres to help Australian businesses adopt AI. We ran a competitive grant process to select entities to deliver it.

Supporting safe and responsible AI

The government has listened to feedback on AI and is acting to ensure AI system design, development and deployment in Australia is safe and reliable. Our actions will focus on AI in high-risk settings, so AI in low-risk settings can continue largely unimpeded. The government’s interim response expands on the next steps it will take to:

  • prevent harm through testing, transparency and accountability measures 
  • clarify and strengthen laws to safeguard citizens
  • work internationally to support the safe development and deployment of AI
  • maximise the benefits of AI.

Rapid research report on generative AI

The National Science and Technology Council’s report informed our consultation on responsible AI.

AI guidance for government

We are helping the Australian Public Service engage with and deploy AI safely, ethically and responsibly.

Australia’s voluntary AI ethics principles

This work draws on the development of Australia’s AI ethics framework which includes 8 principles that organisations can apply to:

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

Meet the AI Expert Group

The government has set up a temporary AI expert group. The group will advise us on testing, transparency and accountability measures for AI in legitimate, but high-risk settings to ensure our AI systems are safe.

Professor Bronwyn Fox
Bronwyn is CSIRO's Chief Scientist. She represents Australia on the panel overseeing the international Frontier AI State of the Science report.
Aurélie Jacquet
Aurélie is a leading figure in the development of responsible artificial intelligence systems. She is Chair of Australia’s national AI standards committee, OECD expert on AI risks, and advisor on international AI certification initiatives.
Dr Terri Janke
Terri is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP).
Angus Lang SC
Angus is a leading legal practitioner and sought-after contributor on intellectual property law and AI, addressing developments in Australia and Europe.
Professor Simon Lucey
Simon is Director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning at the University of Adelaide. He has a background in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and research spanning computer vision, machine learning and robotics.
Professor Jeannie Paterson
Jeannie is founding co-director of the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics. She is a leading contributor to legal and regulatory reform processes in Australia and internationally.
Professor Ed Santow
Ed is co-founder of the Human Technology Institute, leading major initiatives to promote human-centred artificial intelligence.
Professor Nicolas Suzor
Nicolas is a Future Fellow at QUT and a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. He is an expert on digital technology governance.
Professor Toby Walsh
Toby is a widely recognised voice on AI development, with leading roles at Data 61 and UNSW, and numerous international fellowships.
Professor Kimberlee Weatherall
Kimberlee is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.
Professor Peta Wyeth
Peta is an internationally recognised researcher on human computer interaction, human-centred artificial intelligence, and design practice and management.
Bill Simpson Young
Bills is co-founder and CEO of Gradient Institute, founded to accelerate the ethical progress of AI-based systems.

Partnering internationally on responsible AI

Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)

Australia is collaborating on the responsible use and development of AI as a founding member of the GPAI.

Bletchley Declaration on AI safety

Australia and 27 other countries signed the declaration at the AI Safety Summit in the United Kingdom.

Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group

Australia is part of the Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group. The group broadens the Hiroshima AI Process beyond G7 members.

Latest news

National Artificial Intelligence Centre

National Artificial Intelligence Centre moves to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources

This follows a 2024-25 May Budget decision to move the centre from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
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National Artificial Intelligence Centre

Australia's AI Month 2024

Showcasing, connecting and celebrating Australia's amazing AI capabilities, talent and potential from 14 October 2024 to 15 November 2024.
Helen Wilson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Science and Resources co-chairs EU-Australia Digital Economy and Technology Policy Dialogue.

Australia and the European Union to deepen digital relationship

The European Union and Australia held a dialogue to strengthen ties on priority digital and technology issues.

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