Government investment in first class research infrastructure is vital to the long-term sustainability of Australia’s research program, driving innovation, economic productivity and social benefits for the nation. National research facilities are built and maintained for the public good. As such there is a fundamental role for government in investing in this critical infrastructure.
Global experience suggests government investment is the most effective model for developing and maintaining national research infrastructure systems. Government investment not only leverages co-investment from other sources, including from universities and state governments, but the return on this investment through the myriad of societal benefits, such as population health, innovative agricultural methods and natural resource discoveries, is high.
Universities play a vital role in supporting the nation’s infrastructure system including through cash contributions as well as in-kind support such as staff time.