Monday, 23 April 2018 00:35

COAG pushes for more support to innovation precincts

COAG pushes for more support to innovation precincts Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Members of the Council of Australian Governments Industry and Skills Council have agreed, in principle, to support innovation precincts as part of a national industry and innovation policy.

Agreement to principles that support innovation precincts was forged at a meeting in Canberra during the week, with Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash, saying 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,” 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.”

COAG Council members agreed to collaborate 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.

Members were given a presentation by the Box Hill TAFE and CSIRO’s Data61 on new cyber security qualifications and other digital skills programmes.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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