An $111 million package to boost Australia’s quantum sector has been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in response to several years of advocacy by Australia’s scientific community, and by recent geopolitical developments.
As part of the package:
- Quantum computing will be added to a list of critical industries,
- the Australian Government Chief Scientist, Dr Catherine Foley, will be responsible for chairing a National Committee on Quantum and developing a National Quantum Strategy
- $70 million will be provided to establish a national Quantum Commercialisation Hub.
The PM’s announcement was timed for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Sydney Dialogue on emerging, critical, and cyber technologies.