Australia launches its National Quantum Strategy
Australia has become the latest country to launch a government-led quantum development effort, with Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic this week laying out Australia’s National Quantum Strategy, including five central themes and actions the nation will take over the next seven years in support of those themes.
“Commercializing quantum technologies could create an Australian quantum industry worth $2.2 billion and directly employing 8,700 people by 2030,” Husic said. “This could reach approximately $6 billion and 19,400 jobs by 2045. These technologies are expected to add billions of dollars of value to related industries in that timeframe.”
The five main themes include:
- creating thriving research and development, investment in and use of quantum technologies
- securing access to essential quantum infrastructure and materials
- building a skilled and growing quantum workforce
- ensuring our standards and frameworks support national interests
- building a trusted, ethical and inclusive quantum ecosystem
Australia already arguably is a world leader in quantum, with a great deal of university research there helping to drive the worldwide industry, and Australian companies such as Q-CTRL, Quantum Brilliance, and Silicon Quantum Computing, among others, well along in business development efforts. Those firms and others last fall organized the Australian Quantum Alliance to contribute to Australian quantum developments, including the making contributions to the new National Quantum Strategy.
More details about the strategy can be found here.
Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years.