AIIA calls for national quantum strategy

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 18 November, 2021

AIIA calls for national quantum strategy

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has called on the federal government to take its commitment to quantum computing further by developing a national quantum strategy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $100 million funding allocation for quantum computing, including plans to invest $70 million over the next 10 years in a Quantum Commercialisation Hub.

But AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said that while the allocation is a good start, it does not go far enough. He said the AIIA is calling on the government to work with industry to develop a national strategy to ensure Australia remains a globally competitive quantum economy.

“The AIIA has been advocating for a national quantum strategy and funding with a focus on commercialisation. We need to begin with a national strategy that will help determine where funding should go,” he said.

“Quantum technology has the potential to be a multibillion-dollar industry that generates thousands of Australian jobs, but we need the federal government to consult with industry to develop a national strategy that will propel our ICT sector forward to ensure our country does not become a laggard.”

“The investment by the private sector, including Google’s announcement yesterday of a $1 billion investment over five years in quantum and AI in Australia, highlights that the opportunity has been endorsed by industry,” Gauci said.

“We originally recommended that the federal government invests a minimum of $110 million over four years in a national quantum computing centre to keep pace with global trends. This investment is based on the quantum centre needing to be at least double that of a national artificial intelligence centre due to the wider breadth of quantum computing research and development, in both hardware and software.”

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