Australian Government Begins Discussions on Critical Technology List

The Australian government is asking people for their input on which technologies will be most important to Australia’s economy and national security over the next decade.

Businesses and researchers across the country have six weeks to submit proposals for technologies they consider essential to Australia’s interests today, or could become important in the next ten years.

While launching consultations on a list of key technologies in the national interest, the Commonwealth Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, said the updated list will put Australia at the forefront of change, boosting jobs and promoting it as a safe place to invest. He said the country’s reputation needs to be promoted.

the list was part of Blueprint Introduced by former Prime Minister Scott Morrison in November 2021, it maximizes the opportunities offered by critical technologies while minimizing potential risks.

“We know the development of critical technologies poses great potential opportunities and risks for Australians.” Fusic said.

“It is vital to Australia’s continued and future prosperity that critical new technologies are promoted and protected.”

Role of key technologies

Critical technology could accelerate Australia’s productivity growth and create high-paying jobs, the minister said.

He also said that Australia needs to identify and understand its strengths and weaknesses, so the list of key technologies will focus and form the basis for further discussions on investment and cooperation across all industries.

“This commitment is also part of our goal of achieving 1.2 million tech jobs by 2030, ensuring supply chains and providing superior security for investment, development and adoption of critical technologies. We will promote Australia as an attractive destination,” Husic said.

At the same time, he said the Labor government is investing $1 billion (US$690 million) in critical technology through the National Recovery Fund.

The key technology list for 2022 is previous list 63 technologies across 7 categories including advanced materials and manufacturing. artificial intelligence, computing, communications. Biotechnology, genetic technology, vaccines. Energy and Environment; Quantum; Sensing, Timing and Navigation. Transportation, robotics, space.

Public consultation on the list of critical technologies is open until September 30th.

Alfred Bui


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