A number of radio telescopes in Australia (and overseas) operate together as an array capable of VLBI observations. Up to 1997, this network was supported by the individual institutions operating each telescope via a cooperative arrangement whereby the people operating the different telescopes collaborated in the VLBI scientific programs. Under the 1997 Major National Research Facilities program, the VLBI network was upgraded and agreement reached between the ATNF and the University of Tasmania to operate the network as a National Facility. From 2006, the Hobart and Ceduna antennas have been operated by the University of Tasmania under a service agreement with ATNF.
Operational arrangements for the VLBI National facility have been implemented and the conditions are outlined below.
Proposals are sought for the National Facility part of this VLBI network. Please read this guide carefully for details before completing the proposal form.