Robotics

We are strengthening Australia’s robotics sector to meet its full potential.

Robotics and automation technologies have the potential to provide significant economic, social, and environmental benefits for Australia.

These technologies can help:

  • address national challenges
  • revitalise Australian industries and manufacturing
  • provide safe and fulfilling opportunities for Australian workers.

National Robotics Strategy

We are developing a National Robotics Strategy to promote the responsible production and adoption of robotics and automation technologies. We held public consultation to inform the strategy.

National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee

The minister appointed the committee to guide strategy development.

The committee includes a wide range of people with:

  • technical expertise and industry experience relating to robotics and automation
  • perspectives on diversity and inclusion
  • ethics and social impact
  • experience addressing skills, investment, and adoption.

Committee members

Professor Bronwyn Fox
Chief Scientist, CSIRO (Chair of the committee)
Dr Catherine Ball
Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Australian National University
Mr Andrew Dettmer
National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Dr Sue Keay
Founder and Chair, Robotics Australia Group
Professor Simon Lucey
Director, Australian Institute of Machine Learning
Associate Professor Julia Powles
Director, UWA Tech & Policy Lab
Mr Mike Zimmerman
Partner, Main Sequence Ventures.

Terms of reference

Committee terms

The terms of reference outline the committee’s role, operations and deliverables.

Australia’s critical technologies

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

List of Critical Technologies in the National Interest

Find out more about the technologies on the list.

Robotics news

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National Robotics Strategy discussion paper: have your say

Help shape Australia’s robotics future through the National Robotics Strategy. Submissions close 7 May 2023.
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New committee to help shape Australia’s robotics sector

The newly appointed National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee will support our department to develop a national robotics strategy.

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