The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC²T) was officially launched by Mr Jason Falinski MP receiving $33.7 million in federal funding to continue its development of the world’s first quantum computer.

The CQC²T is an international collaboration between seven Australian universities and more than 25 partners to form one of the largest combined efforts in quantum computation and communication research in the world.

The centre, led by 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons, is a global leader in quantum computing research developing quantum processes in silicon and optical platforms that will be linked over secure communication networks.

“We are very fortunate to have a team of exceptional researchers in Australia delivering world leading quantum information research” says Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the CQC²T.

“At the very forefront of what humans have achieved to date, our research achievements and strong global collaborations, have put us in pole position to drive an industry that will shape the information economy of the 21st century.”