State Government Innovation Package announced

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today launched a new innovation package for Western Australia, and announced the Hon. Bill Marmion as Minister for Innovation. The Government’s $20 million innovation package will seek to position Western Australia as a regional innovation hub, and foster industry growth via the following initiatives in partnership with stakeholders:

  • Facilitate enhanced collaboration between businesses, universities and the research sector to see the commercialisation of ideas and solve problems
  • Engagement with key business leaders and local innovators, to develop an Innovation Strategy for Western Australia, showcasing the talent and innovative drive of the State, and enhance investment
  • Undertake international marketing and promotion for Western Australian innovation initiatives, attracting and retaining talent into WA
  • Launch an Innovation Summit to be held in coming months
  • Provide grants and scholarships in support of the brightest and best ideas through the Start IT Up initiative
  • Lead by example in the way Government invests in and uses technology and data to deliver better quality services
  • Leverage Commonwealth Government innovation investment and programs to ensure our State receives its fair share of national funding

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer will be responsible for developing and administering the Government’s innovation package, in collaboration with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Read the State Budget Media Statement here.

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