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Is Innovation Growth Suffering in Australia?

August 22nd, 2016

During the 2016 Australian Financial Review innovation summit this past week, Dr. Alan Finkel Australia’s chief scientist, spoke to the imbalance of government spending on innovation. Business Insider quoted Dr. Finkel saying, “If science turns money into knowledge – then innovation turns knowledge back into money, and generally a lot more money than the taxpayers put in.” While referring to the potential gains of innovation investment from the government, the Doctor proceeded to share a shocking statistic that industry leaders […]

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Government Announces New $18 Million Grant to Boost Global Collaboration

August 18th, 2016

In a proposition to develop the economy away from a reliance on mining, the Australian government launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December. Now, the Turnbull government has followed through on the agenda’s proposal to offer new grant initiatives aligned with the objectives of the Global Innovation Strategy. In specific, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the launch of the $18 million Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) Programme earlier this month. The […]

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A Future of Greater Innovation in Australia

August 18th, 2016

July Brings New Tax Incentives As of July this year, young companies focused on innovation have greater hope for expansion. To elaborate, the new tax incentives for Early Stage Innovation Companies (ESICs) provide a maximum 20% offset for qualifying expenses capping at $200,000 each year for the investor and affiliates. The measures are ultimately a triumph for the Australian startup ecosystem and will aid in increasing the amount of capital available to Australian startups. It is important to note that […]

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Is Australia’s Risk-Averse Younger Generation Impeding Australia’s Innovation System?

August 1st, 2016

The young generation, often seen adorned with iPod earphones and the latest smartphone or tablet in tote, have grown up in a world where the Internet has become enmeshed into daily existence. Indeed, there is a sociological portrait of young people as being effortlessly tech savvy. However, a new report reveals that young Australians are less prepared for the digital revolution than comparable countries. The report, Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, was based on a […]

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