Innovation and Business Growth

This collection contains resources about economic development, business enterprises, technologies, research commercialisation and more. The compilation of this material has been supported by the UniSA Business School, University of South Australia since 2015.

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Innovation and Business Growth

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21 Aug 2017

The informal work practices of the so-called “gig” economy are widening existing cracks in Australia’s system of labour regulations, and should be repaired through active measures to strengthen labour standards in digital businesses. That is the conclusion of newly-published research from a...

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18 Aug 2017

The Independent Review of the effectiveness of the RDA Program (the Review) was commissioned by the Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, in September 2016, following a commitment in 2014 by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP. The Hon Warwick L...

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14 Aug 2017

The Australian public is lukewarm in its overall support of foreign investment. However, its contribution to local employment is widely regarded positively. This is particularly important at a time when Australia’s labour market is softening and wages are growing at their slowest pace on record...

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07 Aug 2017

If you think it isn’t long since your smartphone started using 4G, you’re right. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone switched on their networks between 2011 and 2013. Adoption was rapid. By the end of 2014, 40 per cent of Australia’s mobile customers were using 4G, although Optus has only recently shut...

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03 Aug 2017

This review will consult widely and examine Australia’s current capability and areas of comparative advantage, as well as our regional and international engagement within the sector. Importantly, it will also consider how the space industry sector aligns with other sectors and government...

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Research report

01 Aug 2017

The ADII has been created 
to measure the level of digital inclusion across the Australian population and to monitor this level over time. Using data collected by Roy Morgan Research, the ADII has been developed through a collaborative partnership between RMIT University, Swinburne University of...

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01 Aug 2017

The report finds that the number of fintech startups in Australia has increased from less than 100 in 2014 to 579 companies today, with around 60 percent of all fintech companies basing themselves in Sydney.

The range of sectors has also diversified substantially, with 10 fintech...

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29 Jul 2017

The Productivity Commission is required under its Act to report annually on industry assistance and its effects on the economy. This report contains the Commission’s latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry.

This year’s review also explores how recent...

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Discussion paper

28 Jul 2017

Australian governments have been trying to develop northern Australia for a long time, with the latest policy papers and Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility just the most recent in a long tradition of generally unsuccessful attempts to entice more people to the continent’s north with the...

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28 Jul 2017

This report recognises and celebrates the significant role of Japanese investment in Australia's economy. Importantly, it also looks to the future and to new areas of investment cooperation emerging with Japan.

The report coincides with the 60th anniversary of the historic Agreement on...

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Research report

27 Jul 2017

The nature of work is changing. For some workers, it is the best of times, as their knowledge, skills and creativity become increasingly valuable and combine to make them more prosperous. For others, however, it is the worst of times, as their hard-won skills and occupational practice become...

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26 Jul 2017

By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must urgently shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Analysing 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians...

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Strategy

25 Jul 2017

The Queensland Government is committed to expanding the economic contribution of the state’s METS sector and increasing employment in this knowledge intensive industry sector. Queensland’s METS sector will build on its current competitive advantages, including the state’s abundant natural...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

Every other day the web page of the world’s number one search engine features a cute cartoon to celebrate something like World Chocolate Day or the woman who invented potato flour; occasionally it’s even animated. It’s designed to make Google look like a happy kingdom of approachable hipsters,...

Discussion paper

20 Jul 2017

There has been a rapid growth in short-term holiday letting (STHL) both nationally and in NSW over recent years particularly since the emergence of online booking services and the development of the sharing economy. The NSW Government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the regulation...

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20 Jul 2017

When the organisers met with me to set the agenda for this conference session months ago, it was the first time since I have been in Chairman of the Productivity Commission – four years now - that we could not find a consensus and commit in advance to a topic that represented the outlook, the...

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Research report

19 Jul 2017

Support for protectionist trade policies flares up periodically, usually during periods of slow economic and income growth. Now is one of those periods.

The trend towards use of tariffs and other protectionist measures has lifted in G20 countries since the Global Financial Crisis and...

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Strategy

14 Jul 2017

Food and agribusiness markets are evolving rapidly. A rising global demand for food must be met despite harsher and less predictable farming conditions; supply chains are more globally connected than ever before despite increasing geopolitical instability; and technology advances are disrupting...

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13 Jul 2017

Victoria has one of the world's largest life science clusters composed of the medical technology (medtech), biotechnology (biotech) and pharmaceutical industries. It is home to a vibrant commercial sector, key R&D infrastructure and advanced manufacturing expertise making it a highly sought...

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10 Jul 2017

Penalty rates have been a fixture of Australian industrial relations regimes since the late 1800s. With federation, a series of decisions by various state and federal wage-setting bodies began, culminating in the first ‘national’ penalty rate decision in 1947.

These early decisions...

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