Innovation & Business Growth

Containing resources about economic development, business enterprises, technologies and research commercialisation, this compilation is supported by the University of South Australia.

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Innovation & Business Growth

Article

12 Jun 2017

In 2007 US creative cities “guru” Richard Florida was flown up to Noosa to tell the local city council how they, too, could become a creative city.

Noosa was one of a long line of cities across the globe queuing up to pay big bucks to the US-based academic-entrepreneur. “Being creative”...

Survey

07 Jun 2017

International visitors to Australia spent a record $39.8 billion in the year ending March 2017 – 5% or $1.9 billion more than the previous year. The number of visitors aged 15 years and over reached 7.7 million, up by 9% to 650,000, while nights were up 5% to 262 million. Strong growth was...

Discussion paper

31 May 2017

Early in 2016 Motu Economic and Public Policy Research gathered together a group of participants from diverse backgrounds and sectors to engage in a deep dialogue on key issues that affect the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) in order to generate new insights and strategic options...

Guide

25 May 2017

Every small business is the realisation of someone’s dream. Australia’s economy is strong thanks to small business people taking a risk and pursuing their dream. A strong small business sector means more jobs for Australians and more opportunities to build vibrant local communities across the...

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Discussion paper

04 May 2017

Summary

• Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.

• On 30 January 2017, the Trump Administration...

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Research report

01 May 2017

This May 2017 report is the latest in a series of Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia reports, by KPMG and The University of Sydney's China Studies Centre. It analyses Chinese outbound direct investment into Australia in...

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Research report

01 May 2017

Executive Summary: The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme has been a feature of the Australian Government research and innovation agenda for 25 years.

The programme has been subject to many reviews, each initiated to determine whether it was delivering on its stated objectives....

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Audio interview

28 Apr 2017

Westpac has effectively blocked any funding to the controversial Adani coal mine after overhauling its policies for the bankrolling of new thermal coal projects. Australia's second biggest bank has updated its climate change policy where it will only finance new projects in existing, rather than...

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Strategy

27 Apr 2017

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the peak national body representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Australia, Energy Networks Australia, have partnered to develop an Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap (the Roadmap). 

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Research report

27 Apr 2017

This report assesses whether Australia has the right institutional setting to support an outbound focus for business, and discuss case studies of successful foreign investments by Australian businesses.

This report examines:

  • The importance of ensuring new trade
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Research report

21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which...

Commentary

Article

19 Apr 2017

TPG Telecom Ltd has announced it intends to become Australia’s fourth mobile network operator, along with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

TPG Telecom Ltd has purchased spectrum licenses for A$1.26 billion and will spend another A$600 million building the network infrastructure. However, it...

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Working paper

13 Apr 2017

We use linked employer-employee data from 2004–2012, combined with individual qualifications data from 1994–2012, to study how graduates with different skills fare in the labour market in the six years after studying. We find that graduates experience improvements in earnings, and that they...

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Research report

12 Apr 2017

This report on patent activity highlights Australia’s positive global ranking in advanced manufacturing patent applications, showing healthy levels of innovation within the sector.

Patents for new products, processes and technologies are a useful indicator of innovation performance within...

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Research report

31 Mar 2017

This report outlines the findings from a national study commissioned by the Australian government to determine the high-level factors that impact on the success and retention of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities.

The study found that the eight...

Audio program

28 Mar 2017

Australians are increasingly moving away from paying cash when they go shopping or eat out. But security experts are warning that the convenience of a cashless society comes with some serious privacy concerns.

The more people use their cards the more their activity can be tracked by big...

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Research report

23 Mar 2017

Australia’s peak gas industry bodies have released their vision for the future of gas in the Australian community.

Gas is essential to our economy and modern lifestyles. In the future, gas will continue to be essential as Australia makes the transformation to a cleaner energy future....

Research report

23 Mar 2017

This report looks at the ‘new economy,’ (peer-to-peer markets) - specifically, ride-sharing services, and outlines options for regulation and taxi industry compensation.

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Ridesharing services are operating without licences and without being subject to regulation in...

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Research report

20 Mar 2017

This research shows Australian business owners are embracing access to fast broadband and cloud applications to help them save time and achieve a better work-life balance.

It reveals that although four in five (80%) Australian business owners agree work-life balance was the key motivation...

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Working paper

15 Mar 2017

Participation in flexible contract work has increased dramatically over the last decade, often in settings where new technologies lower the transaction costs of providing labor flexibly. One prominent example of this is the ride-sharing company Uber, which allows drivers to provide (or not...

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