Queensland’s quantum economy set for lift off with new strategy

Published Thursday, 05 October, 2023 at 04:15 PM


Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Leanne Linard

  • The Palaszczuk Government has released the Queensland Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy, which has been developed in consultation with universities and industry
  • Quantum technologies have emerging applications across renewable energy, critical minerals, batteries, medicine and defence
  • The government will invest $76 million over the next four years to support the strategy’s implementation and drive the creation of high-value local jobs

A new strategy to support the continued growth of the quantum technology industry is set to enhance Queensland’s status as a world leader and create more high-value jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially launched the Queensland Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy during her CEDA State of the State address. 

The strategy leverages Queensland’s outstanding research and fabrication capabilities across quantum and other related technologies such as semiconductors, superconductors, photonics, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), for application in industry sectors such as renewable energy, critical minerals, batteries, medicine, and defence.

It will also support the commercialisation of research and intellectual property in Queensland by attracting and building new advanced technology businesses in the state, creating skilled jobs on home soil.

The strategy has five key pillars:

  • Deep science capability to maintain Queensland’s leadership position in quantum science
  • Science commercialisation to grow the local quantum and advanced technologies pipeline
  • Quantum workforce to train, attract and retain the skilled people needed for a quantum ecosystem
  • Engagement and missions to help industry to become adept at using deep science to solve Queensland’s challenges
  • Investment to attract external commitments into the Queensland quantum ecosystem

The strategy was prepared in consultation with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, and key quantum and advanced technology companies.

Delivery of the Strategy will be overseen by Quantum Innovation Queensland, a new governance group with representatives from universities, industry and government and led by the incoming Queensland Chief Scientist.

Additionally, a new Quantum and Advanced Technologies Directorate will be formed within the Department of Environment and Science to be a ‘front door’ for the quantum sector, deliver the Strategy’s programs, and foster the long-term growth of the quantum and advanced technologies sector.

The strategy is available here

Quotes attributable to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“I want Queensland to be at the forefront of new technologies and take a leading position in quantum research.

“Our government is determined to build upon the foundation we have as the Smart State in powering the second quantum revolution.

“To do this, we are launching a new strategy backed by $76 million in investment – to develop new technologies, support school programs and build the infrastructure needed. 

“This means more Queenslanders will have the opportunity to have good, high paying and secure jobs in the careers of the future.

“Because the future of quantum is in Queensland.” 

Quotes attributable to Science Minister, Leanne Linard:

“Quantum science will be critical in helping us to solve national and global challenges and will revolutionise several key fields and industries including renewable energy, critical minerals, batteries, medicine, and defence.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to creating trailblazing industries from Queensland’s science and that’s why we are investing to help grow the state’s quantum ecosystem and ensure we remain at the forefront of ‘deep’ technology.

“This ground-breaking investment in the suite of quantum-related technologies will also give Queensland businesses access to a range of fast-growing markets for both quantum and classical products including power electronics components, sensors, and LEDs.

“It will also position Queensland to supply critical inputs for the global quantum computing industry and will support the continued development of quantum biotechnology innovations.

“The Strategy includes commercialisation-focused funding programs across infrastructure, startup support, quantum skills, industry engagement and investment attraction, including $18 million for translation initiatives such as the Queensland Quantum Foundry and the Quantum Bioinnovator, and $20 million for industry-accessible fabrication infrastructure.”

Quotes attributable to Professor Andrew White, head of The University of Queensland-based Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems:

“This level of investment will make Queensland a global player the next era of quantum technology.

 “Our researchers are leading the state’s first quantum technology startup, Analog Quantum Circuits (AQC), by developing superconducting circuits for quantum computers out of Brisbane.

“Queensland has exceptional expertise in quantum technology which has the power to benefit industry, improve lives and help combat climate change.”

Further information:

Quantum technologies are based on the principles of quantum mechanics – the study of how things work at the atomic and subatomic level. Quantum science is associated with a suite of capabilities such as photonics, lasers, optics, nanotechnology, semiconductors and cryogenics.