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Business leader appointed to review Cooperative Research Centres

16 September 2014

Prominent lawyer and innovation expert David Miles AM has been appointed to lead the review of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said Mr Miles, the former Chair of Innovation Australia, would bring considerable experience, expertise and insight to the review.

“This year is the 25th anniversary of the CRC programme and an important time to review the programme and its role in supporting business and researchers to work together in industry-led partnerships,” Mr Macfarlane said.

The CRC programme began in 1991 under the Hawke Government. Since then, a total of 209 CRCs have been funded by the Australian Government which has committed more than $3.8 billion through the CRC programme.  There are 36 CRCs currently in progress ranging from Cell Therapy to Space Environment Management.

“Mr Miles has extensive experience and expertise and has made an outstanding contribution to innovation in Australia,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The CRC programme has facilitated research and development in a range of areas by bringing together researchers, industry and the community.

“As Australia moves to consolidate its strengths and facilitate more frequent and targeted research connections between business and science, now is the ideal time to assess the programme and ensure Australia is making effective investments in collaborative projects that will boost Australia’s productivity and international competitiveness.”

The review will start this month, with the final report and recommendations expected by early 2015.

The review’s terms of reference and information about how to make a submission can be found at www.business.gov.au/CRC-Review

Mr Miles is the former chair of Innovation Australia, and the former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He has also served as the President of the Law Council of Australia.

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