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ATN WELCOMES CALL FOR CREATION OF INNOVATE AUSTRALIA AGENCY

THE Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) welcomes Labor’s innovation announcement ‘Getting Australia Started’ today.

The proposed creation of Innovate Australia, based on the success of the Innovate UK model, would help deliver the long-term policies needed for innovation to thrive.

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said, “A long-term bi-partisan approach recognising the importance of innovation to drive Australia’s future prosperity would provide certainty and a strategic approach for all involved.”

“ATN universities have already implemented many initiatives to inspire innovation, but bipartisan support would ensure these initiatives continue to grow and thrive.”

The ATN also welcomed the establishment of a national entrepreneurship support network.

“As strong advocates for entrepreneurialism at our institutions, the ATN welcomes efforts to extend this approach across Australia. The benefits to students and community alike are clear.”

The ATN also acknowledges the efforts to improve access to capital for the commercialisation of great Australian ideas and the establishment of start-up ventures.

“The ATN encourages the Opposition to build on this by embracing the recommendations of the ATN / AiGroup Innovate and Prosper report, to further boost university / industry collaboration and secure Australia’s innovation potential,” Ms Hindmarsh says.