We need properly resourced industry policy – Roy Green

One of Australia’s leading industry policy experts Emeritus Professor Roy Green has decried the lack of properly resourced industry policies to capitalise on areas where we have competitive advantage. Green told ABC radio a lack of a manufacturing culture partly caused by years of policy neglect was the over-riding factor in Australia’s weak manufacturing sector.…

Transition from automotive manufacturing avoids worst-case

Analysis by Peter Roberts When it first became clear that vehicle assembly was finished in Australia the predictions of job losses were truly massive. But three years later the Coalition, which dealt the coup de grace to the sector, is claiming credit for an orderly transition for many of the local suppliers to the three…

Space infrastructure project grants open

In the 2019-20 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced the $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF). This investment into infrastructure will help to grow the Australian space sector. The SIF targets 7 infrastructure projects for common-user platforms that industry cannot provide alone. Two of these projects are now open for grant applications: Mission Control Centre…

Orthocell receives $2.9 million R&D refund

Nerve technology developer Orthocell (ASX:OCC) has received a $2.9 million R&D tax incentive refund for the 2018/19 financial year. The Perth company, which is commercialising its CelGro product to facilitate the regeneration of severed peripheral nerves, will invest the funds to accelerate regulatory approvals and to advance R&D. The company also recently raised new capital…