Australia's position as a leading developer of blockchain will be on display when more than 100 Australian companies attend the world’s top industry event in New York this month.

A delegation of 50 Australian blockchain experts will attend to Consensus 2018, part of a program jointly organised by Austrade, Data61 and the New South Wales Government.

The past year has been transformative for blockchain in Australia, with the rapid growth of a vibrant ecosystem and a series of successful application launches, including several global firsts.

The Australian Stock Exchange became the first major financial market to adopt blockchain to manage the clearing and settlement of equities, while the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Queensland Treasury Corporation issued the world’s first government bond utilising blockchain technology.

Complementing this activity, Standards Australia has released a Roadmap for Blockchain Standards, intended to build market confidence and highlight the role Australia is playing in leading international efforts to develop blockchain standards.

Companies taking part in Consensus 2018 will showcase Australian expertise in everything from digital currencies and payments to agricultural supply chains, smart contracts and identity management:

  • eNome, which lets people keep their medical records and history safely on their smartphones;
  • Blockchain Global, a venture builder which has already invested in more than 50 blockchain-enabled businesses;
  • Civic Ledger; which provides tools for people to engage with government in a digitalised society; and
  • Enosi, an open-source community platform which gives energy consumers choice, transparency and efficiency.

The delegation to Consensus 2018 will boost the global profile of Australian blockchain developers, providing opportunities to find partners and network with key global players.

The Turnbull Coalition Government is committed to supporting innovation and promoting Australian talent through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

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