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Government announces $17m AI centre investment

The Australian government has assigned $17 million to the development of several AI centres, which will assist businesses in adopting the new technology.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023
Government announces $17m AI centre investment
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As part of the Australian government’s Artificial Intelligence Adopt Program, up to five centres will be established, all of which will be industry-specific, with the goal of advising organisations on how to safely adopt AI in their operations.

According to a press release by the Minister for Industry and Science, the Honourable Ed Husic, the chosen industries will be based on the key priority areas of the National Reconstruction Fund.

The release said this would create “a network of industry-specific centres designed to showcase the innovative capabilities that AI can unlock, provide guidance on how to adopt AI responsibly and efficiently and provide specialist training to help develop specific skills to effectively manage AI”.


He added that the government is currently seeking businesses, industry partners and research groups that are capable of providing organisations with training and upskilling. The training that the centres provide will be done without charge. Applications for the program are open until 29 January 2024.

“Harnessing the power of AI will enhance productivity, helping to crack one of the biggest challenges facing Australia,” said Minister Husic.

“This network of centres will give businesses clear and direct advice on how to integrate AI into their work systems.

“AI has enormous potential to support Australian businesses to gain a competitive edge in global markets.

“We’ve committed $17 million to the Artificial Intelligence Adopt Program to establish new AI Adopt Centres to be a front-door for AI use and advise Australian businesses nationwide.”

The Artificial Intelligence Adopt Program complements other initiatives the government has engaged to address the issues that AI creates. Most recently, the Albanese government announced that it would establish a reference group to tackle the issue of copyright with AI-generated works.

“The reference group will be a standing mechanism for ongoing engagement with stakeholders across a wide range of sectors, including the creative, media and technology sectors, to consider issues in a careful and consultative way,” wrote Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus in a media release.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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