Primed for growth

With a thriving ecosystem and supportive innovation infrastructure, Sydney and the state of New South Wales are well placed to become a global hub for quantum talent and technology.

According to Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, Australia’s quantum technology industry has the potential to support 16,000 jobs and generate $4 billion annual revenue by 2040.

As a hub of innovation and as Australia’s largest economy, Sydney will drive much of this growth.

What makes Sydney an emerging leader in quantum?

  • Four world-leading universities

  • World-class quantum technology research and expertise

  • Supportive innovation infrastructure

World-leading universities

Sydney is the number one city in the Asia Pacific and ranks third globally for top 100 ranked universities. SQA’s partners, Macquarie University, UTS, UNSW Sydney and University of Sydney, all rank within the top 1% of universities in the world (QS rankings). They are also ranked among the Top 50 in several key areas related to quantum technology including Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Natural Sciences.

Across its leading universities, Sydney has the largest pool of STEM graduates in Australia. There are over 40,000 students enrolled annually in Science, Engineering and Information Technology degrees alone in our partner institutions.

SQA is working with our partners to ensure students learn and draw on the best each institution has to offer including quantum specialised units and courses, and research projects. All four universities also have strong reputations for work-integrated learning, incubating start-ups and accelerating entrepreneurialism.

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Quantum research and expertise

SQA’s partner universities encompass world-class capabilities in quantum technology backed by impressive infrastructure. All four universities have been rated as either above or well above world standards in quantum physics by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report.

Our partners are deeply involved in developing quantum technology through the ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC²T) harnessing academic talent from all four institutions.

See below for relevant links at each University:

A hotbed for innovation

Sydney has a global reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship, with NSW home to 64% of Australia's total start-up activity (Startup Genome Report).

The city boasts a range of quantum success stories making innovative strides in quantum technology. Examples below:

Sydney’s entrepreneurial scene has also helped attract some big players. A range of international technology companies are highly engaged in Sydney's quantum capabilities, including AWS (Amazon Web Services), IBM, Google, and Microsoft.

Strong government support

The NSW Government has played a vital role in seeding growth in new technology and the start-up economy, with initiatives including the $35 million Sydney Start-up Hub, a globally significant innovation centre.

SQA will be located at Tech Central at South Eveleigh, a precinct designed for collaboration between world-class universities, start-ups, large technology companies and the community. The NSW Government has committed over $48.2 million in funding to bring Tech Central to life. Read more.

These initiatives combined with the NSW Government’s $15.4 million investment in the SQA, demonstrates the Government’s commitment to creating a thriving technology sector with the quantum economy playing a significant role.

Search the list of Sydney quantum experts

The Sydney quantum experts list research leaders across SQA’s partner universities. Search this list for potential supervisors.

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Images courtesy of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW and the University of Sydney.