Australian government launches consultation on quantum technologies

The government of Australia has launched a public consultation on quantum technologies, inviting stakeholders to submit contributions that will help inform the development of a national quantum strategy, a quantum commercialisation hub, international partnerships, and other quantum initiatives. An issue paper outlines three themes the government intends to cover under the quantum strategy: research and development; investments, commercialisation, and industry growth; and skills, social licence, and diversity. Goals related to these themes include: maintaining and growing world class research and development capabilities; building a strong quantum ecosystem that maximises Australia’s competitive advantage and supports the national interest; and creating an environment to grow, attract, and retain diverse talent and share the benefits of quantum technologies. Through the consultation, the government is looking for public input on issues such as the conditions needed for a thriving quantum industry; opportunities for growth; gaps in existing initiatives; how quantum technologies could support greater social cohesion and inclusion; and how to improve collaboration between parties involved in quantum. Australia is investing AU$111 million to develop the national quantum strategy, AU$70 million of which are intended to fund the development of a quantum commercialisation hug to help businesses access the infrastructure and support needed to grow, gain access to new markets, and attract investment.