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Forging better partnerships between AUKUS countries

28 March 2024

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) believes amendments this week to Defence legislation can deliver closer collaboration between AUKUS countries. 

Interim Executive Director, Frank Coletta, said ATN appreciated that concerns raised by the higher education sector regarding the Defence Trade Controls Act amendments were taken on board. 

“The legislation now clearly includes an exemption for fundamental research. This will improve certainty that the many important research partnerships universities develop will not fall foul of requirements under the Act. Crucially, it will also allow Australian universities to expand research collaborations with AUKUS partners in sensitive areas such as cyber, AI and quantum technologies,” he said.

ATN also continues to support the intent of the Safeguarding Australia’s Military Secrets Act, which ensures that those taking up roles in organisations or governments overseas maintain their obligation to protect Australia’s military secrets and know-how.

“These amendments position Australia to take full advantage of the AUKUS partnership and enhance our strong track record of research and international collaboration.”

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Sophie Griffin (Manager, Media and Communications) m: 0481 117 294 e: sophie.griffin@atn.edu.au