Our Mission

The Centre will lead the world in the fundamental science, engineering and commercial implementation of silicon and optical quantum computing and quantum communications technologies.

Centre Overview

There is an international race to build a scalable, quantum computer that transcends the capacity of conventional computers. A technology that has the potential to transform the information economy and create the industries of the future – solving complex solutions in hours or minutes.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC²T) is focused on delivering world-leading quantum research to develop full-scale quantum systems – encompassing ultra-fast quantum computation, secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing.

With Australian Research Council funding extended through to 2025, CQC²T will build on its fundamental advances in quantum information research in silicon, optical and networking platforms to develop full-scale quantum systems.

Australian researchers have established global leadership in quantum information. Having developed unique technologies for manipulating matter and light at the level of individual atoms and photons, we have demonstrated the highest fidelity, longest coherence time qubits in the solid state; the world’s longest-lived quantum memory in the solid state; and the ability to run small-scale algorithms on photonic qubits.

CQC²T Director, UNSW Scientia Professor and Laureate Fellow Michelle Simmons, heads our team of more than 200 researchers across seven Australian universities in 19 coordinated programs and nine collaborative Work Packages. With over 25 national and international partner organisations, the Centre forms one of the largest combined and focused efforts in quantum computation and communication in the world.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence funding scheme.


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Our Partners

CQC²T’s extensive research program has close collaboration with multiple international parties from across academia, industry and government. With 25 national and international partners, CQC²T is one of the largest combined research efforts in the world developing quantum information technology.



Australian researchers are at the forefront of quantum information research and CQC²T is on a mission to support world-leading IP and create economic value in Australia. CQC²T’s ultimate aim is to ensure that the Australian economy benefits from the full range of quantum information systems and industry solutions developed in Australia.


Equity & Diversity Plan

At CQC²T we recognise that people do their best work in an environment where they feel included and where a diverse range of contributions are valued. We strive to promote an inclusive, diverse culture in our workplaces and at events supported by the Centre. Our goal is to create a Centre where students and staff are accepted and included, enabling them to reach their full potential.