Industries--Technological innovations

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”...

Guide

02 Jun 2017

This guide is intended to provide information and raise awareness about initiatives that can help property owners or managers reduce energy costs and cut emissions for their buildings.

This handbook aims to identify initiatives that you won’t find in the current National Construction Code...

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Strategy

02 Jun 2017

Australia needs an energy sector that addresses the ‘energy trilemma’ – that is to say it must provide energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. After a period of relative stability, significant change in the energy sector can be expected in coming years due to the need to...

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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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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Journal article

11 Mar 2017

Creating a sustainable bioeconomy—which takes advantage of unused or underexploited bio-resources, turns them into replacements for fossil-based fuel, energy, and products and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the protection of local environments—is a truly monumental...

Research report

31 Jan 2017

Innovation and Science Australia has released the Performance Review of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System 2016.

The review examines the system's strengths and weaknesses and establishes a performance scorecard for tracking progress into the future.

Whilst...

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Research report

24 Jan 2017

This report was produced as part of the McKinsey Global Institute’s overall research on the impact of technology on business and society, and specifically our ongoing research program on the future of work and the potential impacts on the global economy of data and analytics, automation,...

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Audio podcast

13 Dec 2016

Former Chief Scientist of Australia, Professor Ian Chubb, industry leader, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe and Professor of Management, Danny Samson join Professor Glyn Davis to discuss Australia's innovation policy and its ranking of last out of 26 OECD nations when it comes to university and industry ...

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Research report

30 Nov 2016

The report identifies that the strongest performance results are achieved by businesses that innovate repeatedly. They outperform other businesses in terms of sales, value added, employment and profit growth.

Compared with non-innovative businesses, innovative businesses have reported:...

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Commentary

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25 Nov 2016

New laws that are designed to protect small businesses from falling victim to unfair contract terms may help tip the balance of power back in favour of smaller farmers, especially when it comes to innovations involving data.

In November 2016, Australia’s current regime of protection...

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Strategy

18 Nov 2016

The Global Innovation Strategy will improve Australia’s international innovation and science collaboration by aligning existing and new initiatives with the desired outcomes under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The strategy addresses known vulnerabilities and challenges...

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Research report

11 Nov 2016

The future of work offers a heady mixture of excitement and promise as new ways of working become embedded in the economy, along with the worry of how and if each of us can make our way in a rapidly changing work landscape.

The messages are many – “hundreds of jobs to go”, “automation...

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Discussion paper

03 Nov 2016

How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? Many people want to be more informed and involved with their own care and learn how to prevent illness and improve wellbeing. Clinicians and carers want to be able to securely share...

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Research report

24 Oct 2016

Still relatively young, biotech presents a unique opportunity for governments who invest early and aggressively in this industry to transform their economies. As a future-facing industry, biotech will create high paying jobs in the knowledge and advanced manufacturing sectors. For a country like...

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Annual Report

13 Oct 2016

I am pleased to report on the progress made in 2015-16 by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), towards our goal of improving the living standards and wellbeing of Victorians.

The department has been operating for 18 months. In the first six...

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Commentary

Article

11 Oct 2016

Enabled by exponential technological advancements in data storage, transmission and analysis, the drive to ‘datify’ our lives is creating an ultra-transparent world where we are never free from being under surveillance.

Increasing aspects of our lives are now recorded as digital data that...

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Report

14 Sep 2016

Innovation is firmly on the economic policy agenda, with all sides of politics converging on the importance of boosting and sustaining innovation and maximising the benefits that Australia derives from it. And innovation has never been so important for Australian businesses, as they confront...

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Audio interview

Audio program

26 Aug 2016

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is in Australia to deliver a series of presentations and public lectures. Wozniak says government support for innovation starts with education and believes Australia has the technical expertise to compete on the world's innovation stage.

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Article

24 Aug 2016

By 2034/35, almost 20% of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged 55 and over increased from 8% of full-time workers in 1992 to 14.2% in...