Australian Astronomical Observatory
Industry, Innovation and Science
On 9 May 2017, the government announced through the 2017-18 Budget measure titled Maintaining Australia's Optical Astronomy Capability, that the Australian Astronomical Observatory would cease on 1 July 2018. The Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Act 2018 commenced on 1 July 2018, effecting this change.
The principal scientific functions of the former Australian Astronomical Observatory are now being delivered through the domestic research sector: • The Australian National University operates the Anglo Australian Telescope at Coonabarabran, New South Wales, with funding provided by the telescope’s users in the university sector. • Macquarie University leads a consortium that is establishing a collaborative, industry-focused, national capability for developing and building optical astronomy instrumentation. Read more about optical astronomy in Australia https://www.industry.gov.au/strategies-for-the-future/astronomy-and-space-projects/optical-astronomy-in-australia
Type of Body
E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees
Established By / Under
Act / Regulation
Established By/Under More info
Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
1 July 2010