Robotics

We are building a stronger economy through robotics and automation in Australia.

Robotics and automation development and adoption will be crucial to building a Future Made in Australia. We will do this in a responsible way that will allow everyone to share in the full benefits of these technologies. 

These technologies can help our economy by:

  • allowing Australian companies to scale and boost their productivity
  • assisting in the rollout of our net zero economy
  • addressing workforce shortages in sectors already under pressure.

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

Building Australia’s robotics future

The National Robotics Strategy is a framework to responsibly grow Australia’s robotics and automation ecosystem. It sets out goals for Australia around 4 themes that represent areas of focus for building Australia’s robotics and automation future: 

  • national capability
  • increasing adoption
  • trust, inclusion and responsible development and use
  • skills and diversity.

Meet the National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee

The National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee gave us strategic guidance and expertise to help develop the strategy. The committee consisted of 8 experts with technical knowledge and industry experience that aligned with the strategy’s focus and aims.

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.

Committee terms of reference

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

Latest robotics news

A robotic arm manufacturing optical switching technology.

New strategy to build Australia’s robotics future

The Australian Government has published the first National Robotics Strategy to grow our robotics and automation ecosystem.
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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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