Oceania Mergers and Acquisitions Report H1 2013 – Zephyr BVD July 2013

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity targeting targets based in Oceania weakened again in H1 2013, with value tumbling to its lowest level of the three years under review. There were 1,821 transactions worth a combined AUD 37,228 million, which marked the second consecutive decline by volume and in monetary terms was the fourth fall in […]

New Zealand ICT Sector Report – July 2013

Firms in New Zealand ‘s information and communications technology (ICT) sector are pouring money into both expansion and research and development, according to a major report. Attracting highly-skilled graduates remains a persistent problem for the industry though. The Government released the Information and Communications Technology Report, which looks at the health of ICT manufacturing, telecommunications, […]

Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy – DBCDE June 2013

Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy is an update of the 2011 NDES, building on the 2011 NDES, and laying out the next steps towards delivering our 2020 vision. The recent Australia in the Asian Century White Paper focussed on the enormous social and economic transformation taking place across Asia and the opportunities this growth […]

Technology Investment and Productivity in Australian Businesses - AIGroup June 2013

Technology Investment and Productivity in Australian Businesses – AIGroup June 2013

This report explores the relationship between technology investment and productivity in Australian companies. It draws from several sources: the Australian Industry Group’s 2013 National CEO Business Prospects Survey of nearly 350 CEOs, facilitated discussion groups with business leaders, and in-depth interviews with innovative companies from the manufacturing, services and construction sectors. The Report examines the […]

Multifactor Productivity Update PC June 2013

Multifactor PC Productivity Update – June 2013

Australia’s productivity performance has a major influence on real per capita income growth. Productivity growth improves current living standards as well as the nation’s capacity to address future challenges such as our ageing population and global economic shocks. Despite the best efforts of statisticians and economists, the measurement and interpretation of productivity remains a challenge. […]

Information Economy Strategy

Information Economy Strategy Released by the UK Government June 2013

This new UK Government Information Economy Strategy sets out a plan for government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK information economy sector. Its main themes are: a strong, innovative information economy sector exporting UK excellence to the world UK businesses across the economy making smart use of […]

Smart Farming CSIRO June 2013

The Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report outlines initial research findings from Smart Farming projects, which indicate smart farming productivity benefits. The roll out of Australia’s next generation broadband network and the growing impact of the digital economy through the adoption of smart digital services has the potential to […]

Economic Impact of Human Gene Patents – CIE IP Australia May 2013

As with all patents, there are challenges and trade-offs when temporary exclusive rights are required to spur innovation — isolated human gene sequence patents are no different. There are varying views on the merits of isolated human gene sequence patents. Where proponents claim that patents are crucial to supporting high risk and high cost medical […]

Economic Impact of Venture Capital in Australia – AVCAL May 2013

This report reviews the economic contribution of Venture Capital to Australia. To date, around 500 companies in Australia have been backed by VC. in the us, there are 24,000 such companies. Despite the relatively shorter history of VC in Australia, many of our current leading technology and life sciences companies can claim VC backing in […]

Copyright and the Digital Economy – Australian Law Reform Commission May 2013

This is the second stage in the consultation process in this Inquiry into whether the Copyright Act needs amendment to allow Australia to fully participate in a modern, digital economy. The first stage included the release of the Issues Paper, Copyright and the Digital Economy (ALRC IP 42), which generated 295 submissions. In releasing this […]