Former RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Martin Bean CBE

ADM+S Receives $2.16million Investment from Victorian Government

Author Nicholas Walsh
Date 14 July 2021

The ARC Centre for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) has received a $2.16 million grant from the Victorian Government Higher Education Investment Fund (VGHEIF) to enhance and upgrade the Centre’s technology and research infrastructure at it’s administering organisation, RMIT University.

The VGHEIF scheme was developed in response to the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on universities and is intended to cover a raft of individual research projects and capital works, all with a unique focus on community-based renewal.

Former RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Martin Bean CBE said the facilities and activities funded by the government would help RMIT contribute to Victoria’s social and economic response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and create jobs, enterprises and opportunities for the future.

“RMIT has been proudly working together with the Victorian Government to develop new ways of creating skills, offering educational pathways, partnering with industry, and solving shared community problems. Activating this unique precinct and strengthening its connections with other parts of this great city will create long-lasting benefit for the Victorian economy and community. It is a wonderful milestone for the future of a 20-year vision,” said Professor Bean. 

The development of a social innovation precinct, bordered by Lygon, Victoria, Swanston and Queensberry Streets, will be home to research, ideas, skills and new technology.

It is a fitting environment for the ADM+S Centre, a new, cross-disciplinary, national research centre, funded by the Australian Research Council from 2020 to 2026. The Centre is located at RMIT University, with nodes located at eight other Australian universities, and partners around the world.

ADM+S Centre Director Julian Thomas said the Victorian Government’s two-year investment in the research centre is also a win for the wider community as it will lead to enhanced research outcomes related to “responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making systems, for the benefit of all Australians.”