Manufacturing indusry

Transforming Australian manufacturing: preparing businesses and workplaces for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is rapidly changing Australia’s manufacturing industry. This research, undertaken by PwC, on behalf of Swinburne University, Siemens and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU), identifies the ways in which businesses and workforces must adapt to these changes.

The 2018 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the fifth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry.

US-China technology competition: impacting a rules-based order

This report argues that a narrower U.S digital trade agenda and China’s enthusiastic pursuit of new international standards has created a sense of uncertainty across international rule-setting on new technologies.

Bringing industry to airports: how the U.S experience can help Western Sydney to take off

Industry clusters are seen as critical to economic growth and national competitiveness in the United States. This report examines areas of future high-tech export potential and gives recommendations for how to encourage the emergence of industry clusters focused on aerospace and defence, food and agribusiness...

The 2019 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This annual report grades 130 companies from A+ to F, based on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and exploitation in their supply chains.
Discussion paper

Naval shipbuilding strategic workforce: discussion paper

The federal government is investing $90 billion in continuous naval shipbuilding, a longterm plan to create economic growth and thousands of jobs for generations to come. This discussion paper provides an overview of the workforce needs of the national naval shipbuilding enterprise and where the...

The future of the manufacturing workforce

The manufacturing environment is changing dramatically. With the advancement of technology, it becomes difficult to find the talent with the skills to use it. Demand exists for well-trained, skilled employees, but a limited supply appears to be available. The solution won’t come from a single...

Creative clusters and innovation: putting creativity on the map

It has long been recognised that industrial clustering benefits businesses by giving them access to skilled staff and shared services, and the opportunity to capture valuable knowledge spillovers. This is equally true of creative businesses, as exemplified by Hollywood, or closer to home by a...

The impact of automation: a report for Redwood

This study focuses on the impact of robotics automation on economic development across OECD countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. We consider trends in robotics automation over 23 countries over the period 1993 to 2015, before applying a growth accounting framework and...

Technology and innovation for the future of production: accelerating value creation

Technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres of global production systems. The current pace of technological development is exerting profound changes on the way people live and work. It is impacting all disciplines, economies and...

IBSA manufacturing digital skills cross sector project

As the Australian economy, and the broader global economy, are being impacted by a range of technological, economic and social forces – work is changing in profound ways and with it the skills workers require. To ensure the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system...

The lithium-ion battery value chain: new economy opportunities for Australia

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...

Trouble in the making? The future of manufacturing-led development

In the past, manufacturing-led development typically delivered both productivity gains and job creation for unskilled labor. Underpinning the productivity benefits was the sector’s tradability in international markets, which not only reinforced scale economies and technology diffusion, but importantly, also provided greater opportunities to access demand...

Policy and process to limit and reduce red tape: final report

This report provides information on the establishment and conduct of the policy and process inquiry, and key objectives of the Deregulation Agenda. It also examines some of the information presented to the committee, before presenting the committee's findings and recommendations.

Will-o’-the-ISP: Estimating renewable energy employment under the Integrated System Plan

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.

Is manufacturing on the rise?

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

Made in Marrickville: enterprise and cluster dynamics at the creative industries-manufacturing interface, Carrington Road precinct

The purpose of the project is to undertake comparative international case study research around the changing dynamics of the urban creative economy, particularly the emergent relationships with a rapidly evolving manufacturing sector.

Breaking the mould: how Etsy and online craft marketplaces are changing the nature of business

This report shows that those using online craft marketplaces appear to differ from conventional business owners in many ways – not just in terms of who they are and where they come from, but also how they run their businesses and interact with customers and...

Australian manufacturing: gas efficiency guide

This guide is a comprehensive resource identifying practical and proven strategies to deliver energy and cost savings across manufacturing operations.

Future of Australia's naval shipbuilding industry: final report

National planning is vitally important for Australia's naval shipbuilding industry to sustain and consolidate its sovereign capability. The release of the naval shipbuilding plan attempted to formalise a long-term plan for the industry. However, further work is required to provide a more comprehensive and holistic...