[ASA] Access to World Leading Astronomy Infrastructure (AWLAI) program evaluation survey

Laura Baker l.baker at acilallen.com.au
Thu Aug 31 10:50:06 AEST 2023

Subject: Access to World Leading Astronomy Infrastructure (AWLAI) program evaluation survey

Dear astronomy community,

The Australian Department of Innovation, Science and Resources (the Department) engaged ACIL Allen to evaluate the impact of the Access to World Leading Astronomy Infrastructure (AWLAI) program.

This evaluation is essential for understanding the value you get from participating in AWLAI, and identifying the opportunities and benefits that could flow from future funding arrangements.

We encourage you to participate in a confidential online survey to help ACIL Allen understand the program's design, how well it has been delivered, and the impacts achieved.

The survey is available at the link below and should take 10-20 minutes of your time. Please complete this survey by 15 September 2023.

The survey seeks feedback from your perspective. It is intended to be completed only once. Your participation is voluntary, and you can choose to answer some or all of the questions.



AWLAI enabled the strategic partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) - including access to their La Silla and Paranal Observatories (LPO) for 10 years to 1 January 2028. In February 2022 an amendment was made to the Australia-ESO Strategic Partnership Arrangement to allow Australian industry and astronomy institutions to tender for contracts under the ESO Technology Development Program.

AWLAI also transitioned Australia's existing research and commercial capabilities in the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) from the Government to the research sector. This resulted in the separation of the AAO into the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), operated by a consortium of universities and Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL), and created the astronomy instrumentation consortium, Astralis.

ACIL Allen is bound by confidentiality provisions and will ensure that all data collected during this evaluation meets the obligations set out in the Australian Privacy Principles. All parties operate in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. Survey participants will not be personally identified as part of the evaluation process, including in any reporting by ACIL Allen.

For more information, please contact the:
-- ACIL Allen Project Team at awlai-evaluation at acilallen.com.au<mailto:awlai-evaluation at acilallen.com.au>
-- Optical Astronomy Team opticalastronomy at industry.gov.au<mailto:opticalastronomy at industry.gov.au>



Dr Laura Baker
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+61 2 8272 5118
l.baker at acilallen.com.au<mailto:l.baker at acilallen.com.au>
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