Up to 10 Industry Innovation Precincts will be established. The Australian Government has agreed that the first two Industry Innovation Precincts will be in the manufacturing and food industry. The remaining eight Precincts will be selected through this facilitated two-stage competitive process.
Industry Innovation Precincts will be industry-led national networks that will bring together our best industry and research capability from across Australia in areas of competitive advantage and emerging opportunity. They will focus nationally to better coordinate existing services, leverage Australian research capacity as well as provide new tools and services to enable Australian businesses to invest, create export opportunities, innovate and grow.
There will be two types of Industry Innovation Precincts: those within areas of the economy where Australia has a competitive advantage (Established Industry Innovation Precincts) and those in areas where there are emerging opportunities (Emerging Industry Innovation Precincts).
All sectors and industries around the nation have the opportunity to put forward a compelling bid to establish an Industry Innovation Precinct. Precinct applications are to be industry-led, comprising consortia with several different organisations including Australian businesses, industry and research organisations. International engagement is also encouraged.
Applications will close on 5 June 2013.
To assist prospective applicants with identifying potential collaborators, an online collaboration register has been developed and is available on the aussiejobs website. This is an optional register that provides an opportunity for business, universities, industry associations and others interested in becoming involved in a potential Precinct to list potential collaboration opportunities. It is important to note that use of the online collaboration register is not mandatory and will not be considered an advantage or disadvantage in the assessment of applications.
The register will be updated regularly and will include potential collaborator details such as the organisationâs name, industry categories and contact details.