NCI proudly announces that the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment (NSW DPE) is joining NCI as a Major Collaborator. This commitment gives DPE access to significant computing and data resources at NCI and a voice in NCI’s strategic leadership alongside CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia,The Australian National University and UNSW Sydney. DPE is the second new Major Collaborator to join NCI at the highest level recently, following UNSW signing on in 2021.

This significant step demonstrates NCI’s value as Australia's national supercomputing and data infrastructure. The growth in NCI’s Collaborators over the past 16 years, incorporating federal science agencies, research universities, medical research institutes, and state government, highlights the foundational nature of NCI’s services for nationally significant research goals. 

 “Through the NSW and Australian Regional Climate Modelling Project (NARCliM), DPE’s Science, Economics and Insights Division are providing valuable insights on climate change that informs government planning and policy,” said DPE Director of Climate and Atmospheric Science Matthew Riley.

“DPE has been one of the biggest users of NCI supercomputing time in recent years. Without NCI’s supercomputer and their integrated data, analytics and support environment, NARCliM would not have been possible.” 

NCI Director Professor Sean Smith is thrilled to see another Major Collaborator join the NCI Collaboration. He says, “The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment have been NCI users since 2019, continually increasing their use of our platforms. This long-term commitment recognises the strategic value of high-performance computing and data analytics to reaching state government goals.”

“The growth in the number of Major Collaborators and Collaborators partnering with NCI in recent years highlights the increasing demand for our unique integrated research environment, which significantly increases research productivity and efficiency in Australia.”

NCI is proud to build on our relationship with the NSW DPE. We look forward to significant scientific and social advancements due to this commitment.

The Department of Planning and Environment brings together specialists in urban and regional planning, natural resources, industry, environment, heritage, Aboriginal and social housing, and Crown lands and water. The Climate and Atmospheric Science branch conducts vital environmental research and services addressing climate change impacts, adaptation, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and energy efficiency. The dedicated team of skilled researchers, technicians, and data analysts plays a crucial role in safeguarding public health and fostering resilience in NSW by providing high-quality policy advice, enhancing air quality, and supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation.

NCI Australia enables transformative science through big data, computing technologies, platforms, and expertise. Based at The Australian National University, it brings together the Australian Government, universities, national science agencies and industry. Major Collaborator organisations include ANU, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geosciences Australia, the University of New South Wales and the New South Department of Planning and Environment.