Industry Growth Centres Initiative
The Industry Growth Centre Initiative is driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority. Growth Centres represent national collaboration networks by connecting industry to research and technical expertise to solve challenges and increase the productivity and competitiveness of their sectors. Read more...
The following links highlight the industry-led sector strategies that have been developed for each sector:
The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre has a competitive and matched funding Cluster Programme. The clusters supported are The East Gippsland Food Cluster (Victoria), Fermentation Tasmania (FermenTasmania), The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) (Queensland) and Central Coast Industry Connect (NSW). The remaining Growth Centres are supporting and working with other Australian clusters.
Growth Centres are potential partners for European clusters and may also be able to help connect European clusters to Australian clusters. Other useful cluster contacts are the 52 Regional Development Australia offices that operate locally across Australia.
SME Export Hubs Initiative
The Australian Government has established a Small and Medium Enterprises Export Hubs program. The Hubs will enable cooperation and boost export capability of local and regional businesses, through support to develop collective brands, leveraging local infrastructure to scale business operations, and positioning regional businesses to participate in global supply chains.
The Initiative will fund local and regional hubs which are aligned with the six Growth Centre sectors. Applications will open in 2018-19.
Export Hubs are business-to-business networks that will deliver improved local capability to increase exports; including by developing export strategies that build on identified local strengths and that are aligned with the national priorities of the Growth Centres.
Policy development around Australian Innovation Precincts
The Australian Government established a Committee to consult and advise on the need for a national innovation precincts strategy. The Committee also found that further development of collaborative networks, both domestically and internationally, could improve innovation and commercialisation outcomes.
There are many active and planned innovation precincts across Australia, with significant investment in each state and territory. They have been mapped.
The Committee drafted a Statement of Principles for Australian Innovation Precincts. Its principles emphasise the importance of local leadership in precinct development; the need to remove barriers and align policy; the need to build capability and connections; and the need to coordinate skills development within precincts. The Government is considering the Statement and next steps.
Cooperative Research Centres
The Australian Government supports business-research collaboration through the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program. The program was established in 1990 to address concerns that Australia’s research capabilities were too dispersed to solve cross-disciplinary research problems and respond to industry demands, however CRC participants aren’t required to co-locate. The CRC Program now focusses on providing funding for industry-led consortia that focus on solving industry-identified problems. The program has two streams: CRCs are funded for up to 10 years, and CRC Projects are funded for up to three years to provide SMEs a new pathway to engage in collaborative research.