Australia Announces $293.7 Million in SKA Funding

​On Monday 7 December, the Australian Government took an important step towards hosting the SKA when the Prime Minister announced a provisional funding allocation for the project as part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda. The Agenda sets out the Government’s vision for using innovation and science to drive growth, jobs and prosperity.

As part of the announcement, $293.7 million over 10 years was set aside to meet Australia’s initial commitment to the SKA. The allocation means that pending a successful conclusion to the Convention negotiations now underway and the development of a satisfactory business case, funding is available to meet Australia’s obligations to the construction and initial operation of Phase 1 of the SKA. This final decision on Australia’s involvement is expected to occur in the second half of 2016.

"It is important to note that the $293.7 million in funding is not just for construction and operations. It also includes funding for domestic activities related to providing existing pre-construction consortia with further funding, native title benefits and site entity operation," said Mr David Luchetti, Australian SKA Project Director.

"While today’s announcement is not a final commitment on Australia’s involvement in SKA1, the securing of this commitment is nonetheless a very positive signal from the government of its support for the project."

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