Innovation in agriculture and regional areas
Strong, vibrant, innovative and sustainable rural industries and communities are in Australia’s national interest.
As the mining construction boom moderates and the economy transitions the agricultural sector and our regions will need to continue to embrace innovation and adapt and grow.
What is happening?
- Our Global Innovation Strategy will provide seed funding for collaborative science workshops with regional economies on shared challenges, such as food and bio security, and will support Australian business and research consortia to work with their international counterparts.
- The Incubator Support Programme will focus on regions and sectors with high innovation potential such as those identified as an Industry Growth Centre or a Science and Research Priority.
- Sharpening incentives for university engagement with research end users will ensure their efforts have tangible benefits for the agricultural sector.
- Further funding for regional universities and funding to inspire students and the community with digital technologies and STEM will create more opportunities for our regions.
What to do
- For more information, visit the Global Innovation Strategy page, the Incubator Support Programme page, the new research funding arrangements for universities page, further funding for regional universities and information on funding to inspire students and the community with digital technologies and STEM.
- To keep updated on the progress of these initiatives, sign up to the email update service.
- Learn about other Agenda initiatives for business and for startups and entrepreneurs.
Smarter irrigation for profit
The Smarter Irrigation for Profit project, funded under round one of the Rural R&D for Profit programme, brings together the cotton, rice, dairy and sugar industries to improve water use efficiency, automation and profits.
It is an ambitious scheme, aiming to improve returns by $20,000 to $40,000 a year per farm. The project will integrate soil moisture sensing, weather forecasts, and remote irrigation controls with the irrigation technologies and research from different industries.
The project is led by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, with Dairy Australia, Sugar Research Australia and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation in addition to 13 other partners. The partners have together invested just over $6 million in cash and in-kind contributions and the government has provided a $4 million grant. It embodies the focus on research collaboration to deliver innovative business solutions. The project will conclude in 2018 and you can follow its progress at #SmarterIrrigation.
Targeting growth in the Hunter Region
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is embracing innovation and research to grow their region’s international competitiveness.
Applying ‘smart specialisation’— a framework for innovation endorsed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and widely implemented across the European Union — RDA Hunter is combining current areas of expertise with new opportunities to drive the global competitiveness of the Hunter’s economy. This strategy will enable Hunter stakeholders to identify and prioritise the region’s key sectors (for example, defence and manufacturing) and develop innovation activities to grow these sectors further.
Meanwhile, RDA Hunter’s ME Program is linking industry needs with schools and tertiary institutions to increase STEM participation in the region to above the NSW average for students at the HSC level.
The Australian Government supports a network of 55 RDAs across the country to enhance economic development opportunities and foster effective communication between communities, business and all three tiers of government.
Information courtesy http://www.innovation.gov.au/