Industry Specific Issues

Satellite communications company, Myriota, first start up to sign agreement with Australian Space Agency

July 16th, 2019

Myriota, a satellite communications company working closely with the University of South Australia in 2015, has received funding’s of $15 million dollars with Boeing HorizonX Ventures. Anthony Murfett said that “it demonstrates that businesses of all sizes can make a significant contribution to Australia’s space industry.” The coaction of a startup and the Space Agency have shown the importance of a unique R&D and IP. Murfett commented, “Myriota’s technological innovation is important not only to support the growth and transformation […]

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Why Australia Should Change its Attitude on Innovation

July 3rd, 2019

Three months ago, SpaceIL, a privately owned Israeli company, conducted a spacecraft project that made history when it landed on the moon.  The landing, however, was disastrous, with the robot crashing onto the moon surface.  Despite this set back the team behind the robot (named Beresheet) did not see this as a setback but rather as an opportunity to inspire a new generation of innovators. Following this year’s reports with Israel named the world’s most innovative nation, prominent Australian women […]

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Success of Australian Software Companies Linked to Investment in R&D

June 10th, 2019

A recent article published by AFR weekend has highlighted how investment in R&D has played a crucial role in the success of two growing local companies: Atlassian and Xero. Despite significantly growing revenues, both Atlassian and Xero have maintained a significant investment in R&D and product developments (figures quoted in the AFR article are R&D Spending of 36% and 31% of revenue respectively). Both companies have enjoyed continued success and significant rises in the value of their shares over recent […]

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DuluxGroup Takeover Shows Impact R&D Investment Can Have On Company Value

April 23rd, 2019

It has recently been announced that DuluxGroup’s board has accepted an offer to be taken over for $3.8 billion by Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings; DuluxGroup has been one of Australia’s largest investors in corporate R&D, and has been a strong advocate for maintaining stability of the Australian R&D Tax Incentive. DuluxGroup were also actively involved in: The recent senate economics committee hearings into the proposed changes to the R&D Tax Incentive, which were recommended to be deferred following the committee’s review; The […]

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