National ICT Australia has announced that our Chief Minister has ponied up $12 million dollars over four years for their Canberra research laboratory.
The ACT is a founding member of the consortium which helped establish NICTA in 2002. The proposed arrangement announced today will provide for $12 million over a four year period commencing on 1 July 2012.
The ACT Government said today that the announcement was a direct investment in the ACT’s future and builds on, and extends, their previous support for NICTA which totals $26.35 million over the past nine years.
NICTA CEO Hugh Durrant-Whyte welcomed the announcement. “I would like to extend my thanks to the ACT Government for their generous support,” he said.
“NICTA is producing excellent research results with direct application to the development of robust, innovative systems for emerging markets such as smart transport, e-Health and e-Government. With the additional funding, NICTA will be able to strengthen its research outcomes in these and other areas to accelerate the development of high-impact, wealth-creating projects.”
An important feature of the new funding arrangement is the Government and NICTA’s desire to deepen research and support relationships with ACT Government agencies and the Canberra community.