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Quantum technologies

With globally renowned researchers and state of the art facilities, Australia’s quantum research capabilities and industry are at the cutting edge. We’re recognised as a world leader in silicon-based quantum computing research. We also play a leading role in commercialising quantum technologies, which CSIRO predicts could create an A$86 billion global industry by 2040.

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CSIRO’s quantum technologies roadmap outlines a path to 2040, when Australia could generate over A$4 billion in revenue and 16,000 new jobs across computing, sensing and measurement, and communications.

The government has announced a A$111 million investment in Australia’s quantum future, having identified quantum technologies as a major area of focus. A new Quantum Commercialisation Hub will see further support for innovative research, while Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, will lead a National Committee on Quantum.

Australia is already home to 22 quantum-related research institutions, and as they continue to grow and innovate they are attracting further investment.

The University of New South Wales is host to the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology which is attracting the world’s top researchers thanks to the Taskforce’s dedicated visas. You can listen to an interview about the global talent that has joined the centre.

Photo of Professor Michelle Simmons
Australia has always pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. People have come from all over the world to join our unique quantum computing initiatives. Australia’s talent attraction taskforce streamlines the relocation down under providing terrific support for the move. Those who have come on the program have been outstanding and continue to accelerate our bold and ambitious programs.
Professor Michelle Simmons, CEO,
Silicon Quantum Computing and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales

In 2022, Australian company Silicon Quantum Computing made the world’s first integrated circuit at the atomic scale to simulate the behaviour of a small organic molecule. This represents an incredible leap forward in the race to build the world’s first quantum computer. The discovery could have a wealth of practical applications, such as lowering the cost of food production and making it quicker to design medicines.

Also in 2022, Australian researchers proved that near error-free quantum computing is possible, which is a crucial step to building silicon-based quantum devices compatible with semiconductor manufacturing technology. The advance, made by researchers from bodies including UNSW, UTS and the University of Melbourne, paves the way for large silicon-based quantum processors to be used in real-world manufacturing.

Video: Quantum computing in Australia

Australia has a long history of world-leading quantum computing research – and major tech companies are paying attention. Watch our video to find out more.


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