About Us

There is an international race to build a scalable, quantum computer that transcends the capacity of conventional computers. A technology that has the potential to transform the information economy and create the industries of the future – solving complex solutions in hours or minutes.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology is focused on delivering world-leading quantum research to develop full-scale quantum systems – encompassing ultra-fast quantum computation, secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing.

With Australian Research Council funding extended through to 2025, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC²T) will build on its fundamental advances in quantum information research in silicon, optical and networking platforms to develop full-scale quantum systems.

Our mission is therefore to deliver quantum processors able to run error corrected algorithms and transfer information across networks with absolute security.

Australian researchers have established global leadership in quantum information. Having developed unique technologies for manipulating matter and light at the level of individual atoms and photons, we have demonstrated the highest fidelity, longest coherence time qubits in the solid state; the world’s longest-lived quantum memory in the solid state; and the ability to run small-scale algorithms on photonic qubits.

CQC²T Director UNSW Scientia Professor and Laureate Fellow Michelle Simmons heads our team of more than 200 researchers across seven Australian universities in 19 coordinated programs and nine collaborative Work Packages. With over 25 national and international partner organisations, the Centre forms one of the largest combined and focussed efforts in quantum computation and communication in the world.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence funding scheme.