Australian Technology Network

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Australian Technology Network
HeadquartersCanberra, ACT
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Iain Martin[1]

The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is a network of six Australian universities, with a strong history of innovation, enterprise and working closely with industry. ATN traces its origins back to 1975 as the Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT), and was revived in 1999 in its present form with major changes to its membership announced in 2018 and 2020.

ATN is the second largest university grouping in Australia, in terms of student number and research funding.[2]


The ATN originated in 1975 as the "Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT)", a conference group consisting of the directors of Australia's leading "institutes of technology". Each of DOCIT's original member institutions (NSWIT, QIT, RMIT, SAIT and WAIT[note 1]) were located in the central business district of their respective state's capital city, hence they were deemed "central institutes of technology".

DOCIT founded its original member institutes' distinctiveness on their size (they enrolled almost one third of all full-time advanced education students), on the advanced level of their teaching (most of their programs were degrees rather than the diplomas like that of other advanced education institutions) and their conduct of applied research (DEET, 1993:18). They were therefore like a "technology-focused" group.

DOCIT encountered too much opposition to its aspirations, and disbanded in 1982. The conference group was later revived in 1999 as the Australian Technology Network, consisting of: the Curtin University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of South Australia and University of Technology Sydney. Each ATN member university was granted public university status between 1986 and 1992, however their antecedents make them some of the oldest tertiary institutions in Australia.

QUT departed ATN on 28 September 2018.[3]

Deakin University was announced as a new ATN member on 8 December 2020, bringing the Network's membership back up to five universities and making the network Australia's second largest university grouping in terms of student numbers and research funding. Deakin's membership bolsters ATN's geographic footprint with a presence in the regional gateway city of Geelong and regional Victoria.[4]

On November 2021, the University of Newcastle joined the Australian Technology Network as an Associate Member, becoming the sixth member of the network.


University City State Established University Status THE World University Rankings 2023[5] Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021[6] QS World University Rankings 2023[7] QS Top 50 Under 50 World Young University Rankings 2021[8] THE 250 Young University Rankings 2022[9]
Curtin University Perth WA 1902 1986 201-250 201-300 193 17 36=
Deakin University Melbourne VIC 1974 1974 251-300 201-300 266 26= 42
RMIT University Melbourne VIC 1887 1992 301-350 301-400 190= 18 55=
University of Newcastle (Associate Member) Newcastle NSW 1951 1965 201-250 201-300 192 N/A N/A
University of South Australia Adelaide SA 1856 1991 301-350 501-600 363= 29 46
University of Technology Sydney Sydney NSW 1964 1988 133 201-300 137 11 8

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  2. ^ "The ATN Advantage" (PDF). Australian Technology Network. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  3. ^ ATN Membership Change Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Deakin joins ATN". 8 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  5. ^ THE World University Rankings 2022 Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  6. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021 Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  7. ^ QS World University Rankings 2023 Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  8. ^ QS Top 50 Under 50 years World Young University Rankings 2021 Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. ^ Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022 Retrieved 19 July 2022.

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