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Arthur Sinodinos on submarines and future industries

The technology transfer opportunities of the new AUKUS submarine arrangements are a two-way street, but industry must start the hard work now to identify and focus on areas of specific comparative advantage, according to Australia’s ambassador to the United States Arthur Sinodinos. The AUKUS pact – a technology sharing

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‘A seminal moment’: The AUKUS technology opportunity

The new AUKUS agreement marks a “seminal moment” for technology access and transfer and Australia needs to be “restlessly ambitious” to take advantage of the opportunities on offer, according to Minderoo Foundation head of operations Rear Admiral Lee Goddard. Speaking at the InnovationAus Capability event, Rear Admiral Goddard and

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NSW Gov funds $4m semiconductor bureau to tap global markets

The New South Wales government is seeking a host organisation for a new semiconductor bureau to be established at Sydney’s Tech Central precinct next year as part of a strategic push to participate in the design stage of the global $570 billion semiconductor market. Known as the Semiconductor Sector

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Commercialisation review lead wants funding tied to translation outcomes

The businessman leading a government review of Australia’s research translation struggles has hinted that future public research funding could be tied to translation outcomes and the involvement of industry partners in areas of “national priority”, warning basic research is not finding the “bridges” to commercialisation on its own. Last

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Melissa Price on the ‘backbone’ of industry commercialisation

The Cooperative Research Centre program is the “backbone” of Australian industry’s commercialisation efforts and will be closely linked with the federal government’s advanced manufacturing efforts, according to new science and technology minister Melissa Price. In her first speech since adding science and technology to her portfolio, Ms Price told

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Australia’s international vaccine certificates welcomed by digital security experts

Cryptography and security experts have welcomed the federal government’s new international digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate, saying it should be used across the country instead of other, less privacy protecting offerings. A swathe of government ministers announced on Monday morning the introduction of the international COVID-19 proof of vaccination digital

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‘Crisis point’: Labor’s anti-rorting bill hits the Senate

Labor on Monday put forward a bill which would require ministers to report within a month when they approve grants rejected by their departments or when they award grants in their own electorates, after a string of rorting scandals. The Opposition said the new law would curb the use

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Govt to pay Accenture $60 million for permissions capability work

The federal government will pay Irish-domiciled consulting multinational Accenture nearly $60 million to develop a “permissions capability” platform which will initially serve to digitise incoming passenger declaration forms. In mid-September the Department of Home Affairs announced that Accenture had won a lucrative contract to deliver a “permissions capability” for

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