Australia has ratified the SKA Observatory Convention.
This milestone paves the way for the establishment of the SKA Observatory,
the intergovernmental organisation responsible for building and operating the world-leading SKA radio telescopes.
Ratification affirms Australia's support for the project and is the culmination of many years of work.
Australia was selected as the host country for the low frequency part of the SKA in 2012.
Australia has now joined South Africa, Italy and The Netherlands as Convention signatories.
Once the United Kingdom completes its ratification process,
the SKA Observatory will be created and can approve the final telescope designs.
The image above shows His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd),
Governor-General of Australia, authorising Australia’s ratification of the SKA Observatory Convention.