Improving Australia’s innovation system

Published: 
11 November 2015

Although the 2015 Global Innovation Index ranked Australia in the top ten for innovative inputs, for innovation efficiency and productivity we only ranked 72 in the world.

These results demonstrate a significant opportunity to turn our great science and technology into commercial ventures and build a foundation for Australia’s future industries.

There are a number of initiatives that are aiming to close the current gap between the transfer of knowledge and research to business sectors, and to build our entrepreneurial community.

IP Toolkit for Collaboration

The difficulty in establishing and managing intellectual property (IP) arrangements around collaborations has been identified as a key barrier to improving innovation activity between the research sector and business.

That's why we developed the IP Toolkit for Collaboration , together with the Department of Industry and Science, to provide the tools necessary to simplify and improve discussions and negotiations around the management of IP in research and business collaborations.

Source IP

We have developed Source IP, a digital marketplace for sharing information, indicating licensing preferences and facilitating contact for IP generated by the public research sector in Australia.

Source IP is specifically aimed at making it easier for Australian businesses to access public sector innovation and technology. It will assist with Australian Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda to focus on boosting collaboration between science and industry.

The National Innovation Map

The National Innovation Map is an interactive tool that shows the location of innovative activities, business creation, and research organisations Australia-wide.

The Innovation Map brings together a range of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, IP Australia and the Department of Industry and Science and has research and development (R&D) expenditure and patent and trade mark data.

CSIRO’s innovation and entrepreneurship program

The CSIRO ON Innovation Program is an open accelerator program that aims to grow CSIRO’s entrepreneurial capacity and create connections to provide new models for people and businesses to adopt technology, knowledge and services.

Ms Liza Noonan, Executive Manager Innovation leading the ON program, said: ‘Our end goal is to get technology out to market that will address major challenges we face as a nation’.

Recognising the challenges facing Australia’s innovation system, this accelerator program is key to delivering more breakthrough innovation from CSIRO and provides the right environment and support for start-up ventures.

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