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Government pushes forward on innovation agenda

20 April 2018

Members of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council met today to further accelerate their joint work to encourage jobs and economic growth and enable an innovative economy that can adapt to technological change.

A key outcome from their meeting was agreement to principles that support innovation precincts.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, who chaired the meeting, said she was pleased with the productive discussions that took place, and how committed the states and territories were to working together on industry and innovation policy.

“The Australian Government is committed to job creation. Agreement to the Innovation Precinct Principles will help drive collaboration and innovation, and ensure states and territories are working together on activities to support innovation precincts around Australia,” Minister Cash said.

“All jurisdictions support these outcomes.

“At the COAG Council, we agreed that innovation precincts can deliver business and social benefits, leading to economic and employment growth,” Minister Cash said.

COAG Council members agreed to collaborate in order to build on the agreed joint National Innovation Objectives from their last meeting, including:

  • continuing to work together to help small businesses under the National Business Simplification Initiative, including helping to make it easier to employ a person, and agreed that they would look for opportunities to develop frameworks for tackling new regulatory challenges.

  • finalising overarching governance to guide a system upgrade to make sure the Industry Capability Network system is effective in helping Australian suppliers access public and private contract opportunities.

To position Australia to make the most out of digital transformation and industry transition, Australians must have the skills they need to live and work.

Members welcomed a presentation from the Box Hill TAFE and CSIRO’s Data61 on new cyber security qualifications and other digital skills programs. Members also looked at further ways jurisdictions could work together to identify and address emerging skills needs.

They also noted the Commonwealth’s Global Talent Scheme pilot, which will help Australian businesses access the world’s best talent to ensure that, among other things, our innovative industries are able to grow and employ more Australians.

The COAG Industry and Skills Council communique is available at https://industry.gov.au/AboutUs/Pages/COAG-Industry-and-Skills-Council.aspx

Media contact: Minister Cash's office 02 6277 7320