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Budget 2009: Providing certainty for National ICT Australia.

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Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research


JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy and Senator the Hon Kim Carr

The four-year funding extension of $185.5 million to National ICT Australia (NICTA) announced in the Budget will ensure the long-term viability of this vital centre of research excellence.

“With funding certainty to 2014-15, NICTA will continue to generate significant economic and social returns for the Australian community and attract increased investment from other partners,” the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said tonight.

“NICTA is a world-class information and communications technology (ICT) research and commercialisation facility that is a key asset in Australia’s innovation system. It facilitates a national approach to ICT research with four state and territory government partners and participation by seven major Australian universities,” the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr said.

NICTA’s accomplishments include:

z Key national research—NICTA successfully attracts and retains high quality researchers,

whose work advances national priorities such as security, transport, the environment, broadband, water management and health, including medical implants such as the bionic eye.

z ICT skill development—NICTA’s key role in ICT PhD training and in fostering an

entrepreneurial approach in its students was highlighted in the Government’s recent response to the 2020 Summit.

z Industry development—with five research labs (two in Sydney and one each in Melbourne,

Brisbane and Canberra), over 250 research staff and 300 supported PhD students, NICTA is also a key contributor to Australia’s ICT sector and digital economy.

z Successful commercialisations—to date, NICTA has created four start-up companies that have

generated 62 new Australian jobs and has entered key commercial collaborations with a number of world-leading ICT multinationals and Australian small-to-medium enterprises.

z International collaboration—NICTA is heavily engaged in overseas collaborations to ensure

that Australia is at the leading edge of global innovation developments critical to Australia’s digital economy.

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

Media Release

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

12 May 2009

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Funding for NICTA is jointly delivered by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council.


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