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AU$100m secures Australian Synchrotron

The future of the Australian Synchrotron infrastructure has been secured under a four-year, AU$100 million agreement between the Australian and Victorian governments.

The federal government will invest AU$69m in the facility, Chris Evans, the minister for science and innovation, said on 28 March.

“This landmark agreement underscores our commitment to leading-edge scientific research and will guarantee that Australia continues to drive innovation and be competitive at the forefront of scientific discovery”, the minister said.

The New Zealand government has given “in-principle commitment” to contribute to the operational funding for the Synchrotron over the same period, it was announced.

The Australian government has contributed AU$114m to the facility since 2006, and the Victorian government more than AU$207m.

The facility hosts over 3,000 researchers annually, who carry out more than 500 experiments a year.