Science agency collaboration

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

ANSTO works in partnerships and collaborative ventures with national and international organisations and is committed to developing skills and knowledge necessary to bring the full benefit of nuclear technology to Australia. Research is a key contributor to improving Australia's productivity. ANSTO collaborates with other agencies to develop a common understanding of research impact principles.

This is done through partnerships that expand Australia’s capacity for engagement in nuclear science and technology and reflect the Federal Government’s Innovation Priorities, which aim to increase Australia’s capacity to create knowledge and enhance skills and technologies.

For more information visit the ANSTO website.

National Measurement Institute (NMI)

NMI is responsible for fulfilling Australia's international obligations with respect to measurement. It is therefore Australia's official representative to activities undertaken under the two intergovernmental measurement treaties to which Australia is a signatory, the Metre Convention and the Convention Establishing an International Organisation of Legal Metrology. Together, these two treaties form the apex of the international measurement system.

NMI participates in global efforts to address measurement issues affecting areas such as health, food safety, energy, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

An internationally recognised measurement system provides a sound basis for trade between countries. Trade across national borders depends on an infrastructure that draws upon measurement, documentary standards, laboratory accreditation, quality systems and certification. The consequence of a good measurement infrastructure means that goods and services calibrated, tested, inspected or certified in one economy can be and are accepted by trading partners.

For more information visit the NMI website.


As Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre with a focus on young people and families, Questacon is a significant national asset for international engagement and the development of future generations. Questacon plays a leadership role in science engagement and informal learning in Australia and as a national cultural institution, contributes on the international stage, sharing good practice and showcasing the capabilities of the Australian science sector to the world.

Its headquarters in Canberra officially opened in 1988, and since then Questacon has established itself as an influential member of the global science centre network and a supporter of diplomatic efforts via its science communication assets in Australia and overseas.

Questacon has established links to science centres in many countries and has particularly strong links with Japan, with whom Questacon celebrated its 25th Anniversary year in 2014. Questacon engages with the international community by hosting delegations, contributing and participating in collaborative activities and conferences, and by providing development assistance for overseas centres.

For more information visit the Questacon website.

Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

The SKA is an international collaboration between eleven countries to build the world’s largest radio telescope in Australia and South Africa.

  • Eleven countries are full members of the SKA Organisation: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • Through the Australia-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC), the Australian and New Zealand governments (along with other domestic project partners) collaborate strategically to contribute to the development and construction of the SKA.
  • The preconstruction work to design the SKA is overseen by the international SKA Organisation, currently headquartered near Manchester, UK.
  • The SKA is being designed by 11 international consortia, each developing a specific element of the telescope. The Australian SKA Office administers the SKA Preconstruction Grants Programme which facilitates Australian companies’ involvement in pre-construction consortia.
  • Australia collaborated with China on the design and production of the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) antennas.
  • Australia and Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2009. The MOU was intended to build Australia’s relationship with Italy by encouraging cooperation between government departments, universities, research institutes and industry in the implementation of the SKA project.

For more information visit the SKA website.

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