Innovation & 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 University of South Australia since 2015.

Innovation & Business Growth

Working paper

A Report to The European Commission, Directorate General JRC, JRC Seville
31 Dec 2018

The ‘Smart specialization’ (SS) project of the European Union is both an innovative project and an ongoing experiment on industrial and innovation policy, probably the biggest such experiment globally. This approach makes it possible to rediscover mechanisms that have been extremely successful creating wealth in...

Strategy

Delivering a strong, safe and inclusive digital economy
18 Dec 2018

This report sets out the opportunities and the challenges in maximising the benefits that a digital economy can bring. It highlights the work already happening across government and identifies further actions required to ensure all Australians can thrive in a global digital economy.

Report

12 Dec 2018

Why is US energy so inexpensive? Why is its electricity more reliable and pricing more transparent than Australia’s? Why are its carbon emissions declining faster relative to Australia? This report seeks to answer those questions, clarifying what’s at stake if Australian policymakers do not change...

Strategy

11 Dec 2018

The new energy revolution and accelerating growth in demand for lithium-ion batteries provides an opportunity for Australia. As the world’s largest producer of lithium, with mineral reserves covering 90% of the elements required in lithium-ion battery chemistry, Australia has undeniable competitive advantages that need to...

Report

Strengths, opportunities, constraints and barriers to the commercialisation of evidence based digital health technologies in Australia
10 Dec 2018

This report argues that leveraging new technologies will be instrumental in improving healthcare access and affordability for taxpayers.

Commentary

4 Dec 2018

While public transport remains marginalised in policy and practice, private cars will continue to dominate the way we travel.

Report

3 Dec 2018

Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) is interested in understanding the barriers to the creation of an energy services market for mass market customers in Australia. Such services would include any products that allow consumers to better understand and/or manage their electricity usage and energy costs. These...

Report

23 Nov 2018

This paper examines current or proposed changes to the sharing economy, regulations hitting the labour hire industry, proposals to tackle ‘wage theft’, and the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws, in the context of the rapid growth of the Victorian public sector since 2014.

Report

21 Nov 2018

This paper argues that between 18,000 and 59,000 construction and installation jobs could be created if the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan ‘fast scenario’ on renewable transition is adopted. It would see around 53% of capacity from renewable energy by 2030.

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2018

Asian markets are substantial and growing, which provides an opportunity for diversifying Western Australian exports into Asia; for deepening relationships and growing an understanding about each other for mutual benefit. This consultation paper is the first formal step in developing the Asian engagement strategy.

Report

13 Nov 2018

News publishers are pursuing a variety of strategies around voice, with broadcasters generally more proactive than newspapers. While some remain to be convinced about the need to invest heavily today, most believe that voice will significantly affect their business over the next decade.

Report

What is the role for government in stewarding disruptive innovation?
9 Nov 2018

This report focuses on one particular area of technological development – robots, and their governance. It explores the roles that robots should and should not play in care delivery, and the role that government has as a steward in shaping these roles.

Commentary

7 Nov 2018

New data suggests that jobs in manufacturing are bucking a decades-old trend. But are we comparing like with like?

Guide

7 Nov 2018

After assisting many clients to migrate to New Zealand and invest here, PwC has consolidated their experience into an easy to use guide that provides an overview of New Zealand’s economic, social and regulatory landscape.

Report

A survey of broadacre, dairy and vegetable farms
2 Nov 2018

This report outlines how information communications technology (ICT) is used in Australian agriculture. The report also identifies the key differences in adoption between agriculture sectors and between small and large farms.

Report

31 Oct 2018

Melbourne is a city undergoing unprecedented growth coupled with rapid technological disruption, and it is also home to one of the world’s highest-potential urban redevelopment precincts. The regeneration of the Fishermans Bend precinct into an employment and innovation cluster could be worth up to $12...

Report

30 Oct 2018

The objectives of this project were to determine the market impact and influences of biofuel mandates on the feedlot sector and the broader Australian community.

The current state of play in the Australian biofuels industry and interactions with agriculture are presented. This material is...

Discussion paper

22 Oct 2018

This discussion paper presents an overview of the circular economy, how it can be applied in New South Wales, and the benefits it could bring.

Discussion paper

17 Oct 2018

This paper provides information about the trans-Tasman electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) collaboration and seeks feedback from key stakeholders on early thinking about operational governance options for e-invoicing arrangements. The feedback received will inform the further development of options and related advice to the Australian and New...

Book

A World Bank Group Flagship Report
17 Oct 2018

This report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but this report finds that on balance this appears...