Quantum

We support the development and adoption of quantum technologies in Australia.

Quantum technology has the potential to dramatically improve computing power, communications and sensing. It could revolutionise the way we live, work and interact with the world around us.

Quantum technology could unlock improvements in:

  • advanced medical research and imaging
  • satellite navigation
  • weather modelling
  • disaster response management.

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

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Growing Australia’s quantum industry

The National Quantum Strategy will help grow Australia’s quantum industry and ensure it achieves its economic and social potential. 

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, led development of the strategy. This included extensive consultation with the National Quantum Advisory Committee, the Australian quantum industry and the public.

Investment in quantum initiatives  

The Australian Government is implementing the National Quantum Strategy through a range of programs, projects and activities.

Quantum opportunities for industry

The quantum projects in Australia can receive funding, investment and support from our department and across government through a range of programs.

Critical Technologies Challenge Program (CTCP)

CTCP encourages quantum solutions to Australia’s most significant national challenges.

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants

CRC grants fund medium to long-term research collaborations to address industry-identified problems.

Industry Growth Program

The program supports innovative small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups to commercialise their ideas and grow their businesses in NRF priority areas.

Global Science and Technology Diplomacy Fund (GSTDF)

Eligible Australian organisations can apply for grants to collaborate with selected partner countries on priority areas of science and technology, including quantum computing.

National Reconstruction Fund (NRF)

The NRF finances projects that diversify and transform Australia’s industry and drive economic growth.

Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA)

The ASCA connects and streamlines development pathways for defence innovation.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence

ARC centres help develop high-quality research in areas of national priority through collaboration.

ON Innovation Program

The CSIRO ON Program helps researchers and scientists commercialise and bring their ideas to market.

Quantum opportunities in education and research

Students, researchers and the university sector can get funding and support through local and international programs. 

Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program (NGQGP)

The NGQGP funds PhD scholarships to attract and train Australia's next generation of quantum technology specialists.

CSIRO Early Research Career Postdoctoral and Engineering Fellowships

Opportunities for PhD and engineering master graduates to gain experience in world class laboratories and research teams.

CSIRO’s Data61 PhD scholarships

Opportunities for postgraduate students with demonstrated academic and research excellence to work on digital and data solutions with impact.

Entanglement Exchange

We are a member of a multinational initiative connecting quantum students, researchers and professionals with international exchange opportunities. Find opportunities in other countries

Research Translation and Commercialisation Agenda

The agenda improves Australia’s economy through investment to support university and industry collaboration. Several outcomes supporting quantum.

Australia’s Economic Accelerator (AEA)

AEA supports the commercialisation of university research that aligns with national priorities.

Trailblazer Universities Program

The program supports selected universities to boost research and commercialisation capability in a priority areas.

Studying and training visas

Find visas that allow you to study or take part in workplace-based training.

Visas for innovation

Find visas that allow you to study or take part in workplace-based training.

Quantum Girls (QG)

QG is a national project that introduces quantum science and quantum computing to school students in years 5-12.

Quantum opportunities in states and territories

QLD Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy

The strategy sets out how QLD will drive job creation, manufacturing, and investment through quantum and related technologies

NSW Emerging Digital Technologies Strategy

The strategy outlines a path to realising the benefits of emerging digital and quantum technologies.

Breakthrough Victoria (BV)

BV is an independent company that manages a $2 billion investment fund set up by the Victorian Government. BV invests in several areas including digital technologies.

Building international partnerships on quantum

International collaboration advances Australia’s capability and builds a strong global quantum ecosystem. We are forming international partnerships with like-minded countries to:

  • share quantum skills, ideas and resources
  • help Australian quantum businesses access new markets.

Joint Statement of Australia and the United States of America on Cooperation in Quantum

This statement aims to enhance each country’s quantum industry capabilities through innovation and commercialisation.

Joint Statement of the United Kingdom and Australia on Cooperation in Quantum Technologies

This statement aims to enhance each country’s quantum industry capabilities through improved market access and knowledge sharing.

Guiding principles for a global quantum ecosystem informed by science

The principles guide how the Multilateral Dialogue on Quantum (MDQ) supports the development of a global quantum ecosystem.

Defence Export Controls

Defence Export Controls regulates the export and supply of military and dual-use goods and technologies.

Meet the National Quantum Advisory Committee

Professor Michael Biercuk
Q-CTRL, University of Sydney
Ms Clare Birch
Blackbird
Dr Simon Devitt
UTS, h-Bar
Dr Cathy Foley
Australia’s Chief Scientist
Professor Bronwyn Fox
CSIRO Chief Scientist
Professor Lloyd Hollenberg
University of Melbourne IBM Quantum Hub
Professor Andre Luiten
QuantX Labs, University of Adelaide
Professor Tanya Monro
Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist
Professor Ed Santow
Human Technology Institute, UTS
Dr Vikram Sharma
QuintessenceLabs and Australian Quantum Alliance
Professor Michelle Simmons
Silicon Quantum Computing, UNSW
Mr Mark Stickells
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Professor Peter Turner
Sydney Quantum Academy, Macquarie University
Ms Jennifer Westacott
Business Council of Australia
Professor Andrew White
University of Queensland and ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems

Latest quantum news

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Critical tech funding to solve some of Australia’s most significant challenges

$36 million Critical Technologies Challenge Program (CTCP) invites solutions to market-led challenges in energy, medical, autonomous systems and resources. Applications close 2 July 2024…
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Leading quantum company chooses Australia as site for its groundbreaking utility scale quantum computer

Joint Australian and Queensland Government investment in leading quantum computing company PsiQuantum will boost our thriving quantum industry.
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New national centre to grow our quantum industry

The Australian Government has awarded $18.4 million to the University of Sydney to establish a ‘single front door’ for Australia’s quantum industry.
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Success stories for quantum in Australia

From quantum computing capital raises to quantum tech in space, here’s a round up of achievements from Australia’s quantum sector.
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Your washing machine, quantum physics and the environment

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is using quantum principles to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste – starting with your home appliances.

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