THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
Minister for Education

MEDIA RELEASE

17 January 2020

Investing in research infrastructure that delivers outcomes

World-leading research that delivers real-world benefits for Australians will be enhanced by the Morrison Government’s $30.7 million investment in research infrastructure.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the Government was investing in 47 projects around the country to build new equipment or upgrade existing facilities to further Australia’s research capabilities.

The projects include:

  • $900,000 to establish a “whopping Volta graphical processing unit Cluster” that will transform computer-intensive Artificial Intelligence research in Australia and put our researchers at the forefront of the world’s AI revolution (Sydney University).
  • $600,000 to establish a world-leading facility to engineer quantum-grade diamond for precision sensing, secure communications and desktop quantum computing applications (University of Melbourne).
  • $420,000 to establish an Antarctic-based set of seismic instruments and a mobile facility to help predict how ice sheets will evolve and how the continent under the ice sheets will respond to changes in ice load (University of Tasmania).

“The research done by our universities can lead to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains,” Mr Tehan said. “Our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s leading-edge research infrastructure.

“The Morrison Government is encouraging greater collaboration between universities and businesses on research innovation and workforce preparation.”

More information is at the ARC website.

Media contact:
Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7350 | minister.media@education.gov.au