Australian Innovation

Anna Bligh – Innovation Festival Foreword

I am proud to say Queensland is fast becoming Australia’s innovation capital.

Our advancement is not a result of good luck, but rather the outcome of a deliberate and long-standing commitment by the Queensland Government to create a diverse economy powered by bright ideas.

This claim is backed by Australian Bureau of Statistics data which indicates that a higher percentage of Queensland businesses are embracing innovation than those in any other State.

Our Government’s vision is to build on this success by increasing the number of
Queensland businesses undertaking research and development or innovation
projects by a further 50 per cent by 2020.

A strong research and development environment is fundamental to developing the innovation capabilities necessary to sustain and strengthen the resilience of the State’s economy.

Our Government has a multi-faceted approach to encourage this innovation.

We are cultivating an innovative society in Queensland by fostering partnerships between industry and our leading research institutions.

The Queensland Government’s $3.6 billion investment in innovation through
research, development and commercialisation has so far resulted in 39 new research institutes and centres and more than 230 research projects, scholarships and fellowships.

Initiatives such as our technology incubators also assist individuals and businesses to develop technology parks and smart communities which mix community and knowledge-based businesses with universities, research institutes and hospitals.

And our programs – like Ideas2Market, the Business and Industry Transformation Incentives scheme, R&D Forums and TechClinics – help industry to become more innovative and grow.

As a result of our investment we have witnessed exciting outcomes with global
potential.

Queensland companies are leaders in clean technologies, from developing world first solar battery technology and improving the management of sewage and water treatment plants, to recycling tyres to power new explosive devices and reducing mine site wastage.

Queensland researchers and scientists are attracting worldwide attention for
pioneering innovative work in areas such as cancer research, the delivery of mass needle-free vaccinations, biofuels, biotechnology and climate change.

With our reef and rainforest, we’re also Australia’s biodiscovery hot-spot. This,
coupled with our investment in infrastructure, has led to our ability to prove concepts and attract international partners.

Our ultimate goal is to develop a solid pipeline of innovation so that we reap the full benefits of Queensland’s bright ideas and developments.

We’re creating a community as focussed on innovation as we are. That’s what will help us reach this goal, and that’s why we’ve become synonymous with innovation.

ANNA BLIGH MP
PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND

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