Australian Synchrotron

Funding to the Australian Synchrotron is provided through the New Zealand Synchrotron Group, who are contracted by MBIE for $15.992 million excluding GST over 9 years to September 2026.

New Zealand Synchrotron Group logo of red and blue dots in the shape of a large asterisk

MBIE funding details

Through the New Zealand Synchrotron Group (NZSG), the Australian Synchrotron receive Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) Infrastructure funding to manage access arrangements for New Zealand scientists wishing to use the synchrotron for their research.

NZSG will receive $15.993 million (excl GST) over a 9-year period from August 2017 to September 2026. This includes:

  • NZD$9.15 million (excl GST) contribution towards access fees for the Synchrotron to ensure access for New Zealand scientists to the Australian Synchrotron facility until 2025/26.
  • AUD$6.0 million in capital contributions towards construction of new beamlines at the Synchrotron.
  • NZD$300,000 (excl GST) contribution towards a capability building programme do be delivered between July 2020 and June 2024.

Co-funding is provided by shareholders of the NZSG, who are organisations from the New Zealand research community.

About the investment

The Australian Synchrotron is a world class scientific research facility located just outside of Melbourne. The synchrotron is a type of particle accelerator. It accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light, allowing researchers to undertake a large range of experiments along specially designed “beamlines”.

More information

Apply for access to the Australian Synchrotron:

NZ Synchrotron Group Ltd website(external link)

Last updated: 26 May 2022