Welcome to SKA


Australia and New Zealand SKA project

The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is a global next-generation radio telescope project involving institutions from over 20 countries. The SKA will be the largest and most capable radio telescope ever constructed. During its 50+ year lifetime, it will expand our understanding of the universe and drive technological development worldwide. Australia and southern Africa will each host different SKA components.

December 2016

It’s been a busy few months with plenty of exciting new activity in the project. In November, we were proud to launch the Australian SKA Fellowships program. The program enables Australia-based scientists and engineers to spend up to four months in the UK contributing to SKA delivery at the SKA Headquarters. Congratulations to all four recipients of the first round of fellowships, the first two of which have already commenced work at the SKA HQ. More...



Follow the Australian SKA Office on Twitter


The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest information on the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders. Through it you can engage with international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members, and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.




OzSKA 3 Meeting - May 2017


Following the success of the previous OzSKA meetings a 3rd meeting will be held in Sydney 8-9 May 2017. The meeting will provide updates to the Australian astronomical community about recent progress in the SKA project including: the development of key science and working group activities, progress towards the realisation of scientific operations on SKA1, and the SKA in the context of multi-wavelength astronomy.

You can register for OzSKA 3 by following this link. Registration closes 28 April 2017.





News and Updates



$7.6 Million in Pre-construction Grants Awarded


The Australian Government has awarded $7.6 million to Australian organisations to support
their work to design the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The funding is being provided through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda as part of the second round of the SKA Pre-construction Grants Program. It builds on $18.8 million provided in the first round of grants in 2013, and will allow for continued development of key components of the SKA. Once designed, construction of the SKA in Australia and South Africa is due to begin later this decade.

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New SKA Headquarters Breaks Ground


The Office of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation broke ground on a new global headquarters building today. Located at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in County Cheshire (UK), the headquarters building will be home to more than 135 staff from more than 13 countries, tasked with managing the construction and operations of the Square Kilometre Array telescope, in South Africa and Australia.

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Scholarship helps South African Students 


Recently two students from South Africa participated in a summer scholarship programme sponsored by CSIRO and SKA South Africa to study projects supporting SKA. This marks the first time the programme has been open to students outside Australia. They collaborated with Australian researchers to investigate pulsars and machine learning for the SKA. It is anticipated that this summer school will continue in the future to foster further astronomy collaboration between Australia and South Africa.  

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