Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) was established in 1989 by a group of Australian universities and research institutions
AARNet was initially built between the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, where the international Internet feed first landed, and university and CSIRO facilities in all Australian state capital cites and the Australian National University in Canberra.
Today, AARNet serves Australian universities and the CSIRO, as well as many health and other research institutions, cultural organisations, schools, vocational training colleges and specialist content providers.
For 25 years, we have shared and exchanged expertise with our customers in many ways, supporting collaboration and innovation in research and education.
We have also been effective in making representations to government on policy, legislation, strategy and programs to improve the telecommunications facilities and services available not only to the education and research sector, but to all Australians.
In 2009, we produced a book to commemorate AARNet's first 20 years. The story it tells marks AARNet's place in our nation’s history – a place that has ensured Australia is an integral part of the global technology marketplace.
AARNet: 20 years of the Internet in Australia (Glenda Korporaal, 2009), chronicles AARNet's journey from the pioneering days of computer technology through the rise of the internet and the roll-out of AARNet (1989), AARNet2 (1997) and AARNet3 (2006).
AARNet's trail-blazing story continues today with the rollout of AARNet4 (2013 - the present) and the ongoing exploration and delivery of new technologies, products and services for research and education.