ACT government to hand NICTA $12 million

Funding to be handed out in $3 million lots over four years

The Australian Capital Territory government will hand National ICT Australia (NICTA) $12 million in funding to further research and strengthen relationships between NICTA and ACT government agencies and the community of Canberra.

The funding, to be dispensed in $3 million lots per year over four years, will commence on 1 July 2012.

Announcing the funding at the organisation’s Canberra Research Laboratory today, ACT chief minister, Katy Gallagher, said the investment would bring the ACT government’s financial support in the past nine years to $26.35 million.

The funding will help NICTA and the ACT government to establish a number of projects in the next few months, in addition to advancing its e-Health Living Lab in Canberra to test next-generation technologies and training systems for clinicians and health professionals.

“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,” said NICTA chief executive, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, in a statement.

“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.”

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