Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said the fund would ensure Australian science and industry benefits from significant research and development work needed before construction starts in 2016.
"Australia's science institutions and industry have world-class capability in this field and are well-placed to get involved in key elements of the R&D work," Senator Evans said.
Senator Evans said the Government will work with companies with relevant expertise over coming months to facilitate their involvement in the pre-construction phase and coordinate with the international SKA Office, based in the UK.
"The SKA is an opportunity for Australia to showcase to the world our ability to successfully deliver scientific projects at this scale," Senator Evans said. "This is a great opportunity for Australian businesses and scientists to benefit from involvement in a project of such international scale and significance."
To read the full media release, visit: http://minister.innovation.gov.au/chrisevans/MediaReleases/Pages/188mforAustralianscienceandindustryinSKA.aspx