The Senate Economics References Committee will convene today in Melbourne to hear about the challenges to Australian industries and jobs posed by increasing global competition in innovation, science, engineering, research and education.
The committee will hear evidence from a range of leading experts across academia, research and industry, including:
· BioMelbourne Network
· CSL Limited
· Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
· Keech Australia
· Australian Design Alliance
· Design Institute of Australia
· University of Melbourne
· Innovative Research Universities
· Australian Research Management Society
· Community and Public Sector Union and the CSIRO Staff Association.
To date, close to 180 submissions have been received which, along with the public hearings, will form the basis of the Committee's deliberations and final report.
Australia needs a plan to build an innovation ecosystem so that we can create the high-tech, high-skill and high-wage industries and jobs of the future.