Media Release - New Innovation and Science Agenda will boost rural R&D

7/12/2015

Businesses and communities stand to benefit from a more innovative Australia.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the Australian Government’s new Innovation and Science Agenda included a range of initiatives that would improve the well-being and quality of life in Australia’s regional and rural areas.
“The agenda is a broad-ranging strategy that will change the way all Australians work together to shape the future,” Mr Wilson said.
“Strong, vibrant, regional communities and innovative, sustainable rural industries are in Australia’s national interest.
“Agriculture and our regional economies are, and will remain, a foundation of our national economy as we position ourselves to embrace new opportunities.”
Mr Wilson welcomed the Agenda’s range of new initiatives that build on existing measures such as the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, Industry Growth Centres Initiative and the rural R&D system.
“It’s estimated that for every dollar the Government invests in rural R&D, farmers generate a $12 return within 10 years,” Mr Wilson said. 
“This announcement presents a range of opportunities across the community.
“There’s assistance for local business to innovate and grow, support for entrepreneurs to back their ideas and get access to the capital they need, and closer connections between industry and research, particularly in agriculture.
“There are also new initiatives for our young people to get the digital literacy and science, technology and maths skills they need for the jobs of the future.
“The communities best resource is its people and we all need to work together to transform our future and unleash our best ideas.”
Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne said the National Innovation and Science Agenda will transform Australia’s economy and will drive prosperity and competitiveness,
“Innovation and Science are two sides of the same coin, and this Agenda will bring them both together: driving jobs, growth and investment and igniting a national ‘can-do’ attitude,” Mr Pyne said.
More information on the NISA is available at www.innovation.gov.au
Media contact
Monica O’Shea
Monica.o’shea@aph.gov.au
0402 097 455

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