National ICT Australia (NICTA) has received
a major funding injection after the government announced an AU$249.5
million contribution over five years.
Senator Helen Coonan, the Minister for Communications, Information
Technology and the Arts, said the funding showed the government's
long-term commitment to the scientific research organisation.
The new funding comes on top of the AU$129.5 million provided by
the government's Backing Australia's Ability program in 2002. By
2011 then, NICTA will have received AU$380 million in government
The government formed NICTA in 2002 to be a world-class
research institute that would research, develop and commercialise
"NICTA has become a magnet for world class researchers,
including many of Australia's best and brightest researchers
working overseas, and has enhanced Australia's research training
capacity through a competitive PhD program," said the Minister for
Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, in a joint