A seamless and secure national research ecosystem

Trust and identity underpins every aspect of modern research - it is fundamental infrastructure that will create significant advances in outcomes for Australian researchers.

The Australian Access Federation (AAF) is building a Trust and Identity Framework that includes common policies, standards and technologies so researchers will enjoy a more cohesive network of services. Through one username and password they will be able to seamlessly access multiple national research capabilities.

Pathfinder snapshot

The 2021 National Research Infrastructure (NRI) Roadmap identified a gap in securely connecting research infrastructure and this pathfinder will address this gap in three parts - a national Trust and Identity Framework, Accelerators and Incubators.

Trust and Identity Framework

We are adopting and adapting a globally recognised framework to enable best practice trust and identity for national research infrastructure.


We have developed a program of work to ensure the longevity of trust and identity as a capability.


We will partner with national research infrastructures, through a series of incubators, to test and evolve the Trust and Identity Framework.

Meet our Incubators

National Imaging Facility

AAF has partnered with the National Imaging Facility (NIF) exploring improved access and collaboration for complex multi-site human imaging projects and medical trials using sensitive data.

Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre

AAF has partnered with the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre exploring options to provide seamless and secure access to their supercomputing service using federated identities.

Microscopy Australia

AAF has partnered with Microscopy Australia exploring impact tracking through persistent identifiers (PIDs).

Increasing collaboration across research themes

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