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

Further information

  • 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?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    1 July 2010

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