New training centres to undertake world-leading research

The Morrison Government is investing in partnerships between universities and industry to produce world-leading research and real-world commercial outcomes while also creating jobs and business opportunities.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced five new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centres that will share $24 million in funding.

“Our Government is investing in research that will foster strategic partnerships between university-based researchers and industry organisations, to find practical solutions to challenges facing Australian industry,” Mr Tehan said.

“We want universities to be even more entrepreneurial and engaged with industry.

“As part of our Job-ready Graduates reforms we provided an additional $900 million to establish the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund – with a strong focus on investment in STEM industries – to support universities to produce job-ready graduates for their local industries and communities.

“We will provide a further $48.8 million for regional universities to partner with industry and other universities to boost their research capacity.

“These training centres will drive Australian growth, innovation and competitiveness, improving the lives of everyday Australians, through drug design, and developing new opportunities for business, through the scale-up of hydrogen generation and its export.

“Our Government’s investment in these training centres will skill-up our next generation of research leaders so they are job-ready and working together with industry on real-world challenges.”

The five ARC Training Centres announced today are:

• ARC Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing: This project will develop robotics applications to combine the strengths of humans and robots in shared work environments. This centre is led by Professor Jonathan Roberts at Queensland University of Technology. Authorised by The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra

• ARC Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA): This centre will research scientific approaches to improve design functionality, with the potential to transform sectors including advanced manufacturing, energy resources and critical infrastructure. It will be led by Professor Kate Smith-Miles at The University of Melbourne.

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