13th May 2009. After months of delay, the government responds the the landmark Cutler report on innovation, Venturous Australia. The vision is lost, the programs abound, & it is full of political speak to justify its “bitty” response of limited vision. To show how/where the money is to be spent the departments budget papers are also included.
By 2020, the Australian Government wants a national innovation system in which:
– the Commonwealth clearly articulates national priorities and aspirations to make the best use of resources, drive change, and provide benchmarks against which to measure success;
– universities and research organisations attract the best minds to conduct world-class research, fuelling the innovation system with new knowledge and ideas;
– businesses of all sizes and in all sectors embrace innovation as the pathway to greater competitiveness, supported by government policies that minimise barriers and maximise opportunities for the commercialisation of new ideas and new technologies;
– governments and community organisations consciously seek to improve policy development and service delivery through innovation; and
– researchers, businesses and governments work collaboratively to secure value from commercial innovation and to address national and global challenges.
National Innovation Priorities
Australia’s resources are finite. We can make the most of them by focusing on problems we are uniquely placed to solve, and opportunities we are uniquely placed to grasp. The Australian Government has adopted seven National Innovation Priorities to focus the production, diffusion and application of new knowledge. All of these priorities are equally important. The National Innovation Priorities complement Australia’s National Research Priorities, which help focus public-sector research.
Priority 1: Public research funding supports high-quality research that addresses national challenges and opens up new opportunities.
Priority 2: Australia has a strong base of skilled researchers to support the national research effort in both the public and private sectors.
Priority 3: The innovation system fosters industries of the future, securing value from the commercialisation of Australian research and development.
Priority 4: More effective dissemination of new technologies, processes, and ideas increases innovation across the economy, with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Priority 5: The innovation system encourages a culture of collaboration within the research sector and between researchers and industry.
Priority 6: Australian researchers and businesses are involved in more international collaborations on research and development.
Priority 7: The public and community sectors work with others in the innovation system to improve policy development and service delivery.