Int. J. of Technology Management   »   1987 Vol.2, No.1



Title: Preparing for the future: science and technology in Australia


Author: Barry O. Jones


Address: Minister for Science and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Abstract: In common with other developed countries, Australia is confronted by problems and opportunities associated with the introduction of new technology. Australia has a relatively poor R&D performance by its manufacturing sector, with business enterprises accounting for an estimated 32% of the national R&D effort in 1984-5. Relatively little applied research and experimental development is conducted in Australia. Since the present Australian government came to office in 1983 science and technology have been increasingly seen as integral to any strategy for revitalizing and restructuring Australian industry. A goal has been to develop entrepreneurial skills and create industries which are export oriented, internationally competitive, and innovative. Taxation concessions ark now being used to help lift the country's private sector R&D performance and establish a stronger venture capital market. If Australia is to prepare successfully for the future it must consider social impacts as well as economic benefits when planning for the introduction of new technology. A Commission for the Future has been created to help stimulate discussion and debate on the social and economic policy options available to Australian decision makers and the community at large.


Keywords: R&D; manufacturing industry; Australia; Australian Commission for the Future; government policy; innovation; research and development.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1987.026124


Int. J. of Technology Management, 1987 Vol.2, No.1, pp.5 - 24


Available online: 27 May 2009



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