NICTA scores $9 million NSW funding

Smart technologies and health challenges keyed as priorities for new funding

National ICT Australia (NICTA) is set to receive additional funding from the New South Wales Government of $9 million over the next three years, bringing total funding from the state government to $34.5 million.

NICTA CEO, Dr David Skellern, said in a statement that the investment from the NSW Government was critical to the development of world-class research.

“The funding will be used to address some of the important issues that the NSW and Australian economies are facing, such as relieving traffic congestion and making our infrastructure smarter and safe, as well as addressing the health challenges that we increasingly face with an aging population,” he said.

The amount is shadowed, however, by the $33 million single investment the Victorian Government pledged to the government-funded innovation lab earlier last week for the creation of 160 jobs. At the time, state ICT minister, John Lenders said the investment - part of a wider, $110 million ICT action plan - was part of building the state as Australia's ICT hub.

NICTA, which will undergo a leadership change later this year, is also working on the next generation of broadband networks through the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The organisation has two research laboratories in NSW, with almost 300 research scientists, specialist business advisers and PhD students.

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