National Competitive Grants Program
National ICT Australia
NICTA was established in 2002 to build capacity and strengthen investment in strategic information and communications technology research and improve Australia's ability to fully capture the productivity and transformational benefits that information and communications technology capability can deliver.
The organisation has been developed as a world-class and world-scale ICT research institute raising the standard of ICT research and post-graduate training in Australia. In the process, it has become a magnet to attract world class researchers to Australia including many of Australia's best and brightest researchers who are currently working overseas.
NICTA will help transform Australia's ICT sector and strengthen the competitiveness of our traditionally strong sectors such as financial services, primary industries, resources, education, entertainment and health.
NICTA is a not-for-profit independent company, limited by guarantee. Its four founding Member Organisations are the ACT Government, The Australian National University, The University of New South Wales, and the NSW Government.
It is funded jointly by the Australian Research Council and the Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy.
NICTA has seven alliance Partner Organisations: The University of Sydney; Victorian State Government; The University of Melbourne; Queensland State Government; Griffith University; Queensland University of Technology; and The University of Queensland.
NICTA has established major research and training nodes in Sydney and Canberra. The Sydney node is comprised of a headquarters at the Australian Technology Park plus a facility adjacent to the University of New South Wales. The Canberra node is located adjacent to the Australian National University, with additional research laboratories located in Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Australian Government has provided $327 million to NICTA from its establishment in 2002 to 2009. In this period, NICTA’s founding members and alliance partner organisations have contributed an estimated $194 million in cash and in-kind to the Centre.
In the 2009–10 Budget, NICTA received additional Australian Government funding of $185.5 million for an additional four years from 2011 to 2015. This additional funding brings the total Australian Government commitment to NICTA to $564.6 million from 2002 to 2015.