Research & policy

Helping Australia get technology ready

The Australian economy faces disruption at an unprecedented pace, spurred by the evolution of technology and global trends. To prepare for this new world, Australia must adopt and adapt the world’s emerging technologies to keep up.

The Academy is developing a roadmap of what Australian industries must do to maintain currency, and to integrate new and emerging technologies to boost our economic advantage.

Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP), the research project will run for three years and examine key industry sectors – starting with the transport sector – with a horizon out to 2030.

The project, co-chaired by Fellows Kathryn Fagg and Drew Clarke, is guided by a committee of Fellows and external experts.

The report on transport, Shifting Gears – Preparing for a Transport Revolution, was published on 29 April 2019.

“Australians have a new opportunity in the face of rapid technological change. We need new approaches to ensure Australian policy-makers, industry leaders and researchers work together to deliver the greatest benefit to Australians,” Ms Fagg said.

Mr Clarke said: “The project will use the breadth of the Academy’s expertise to bring together otherwise siloed aspects of industry, and this will be a contribution that existing projects don’t have.”

The Academy is collaborating on the project with a range of stakeholders, including the Victorian Government, Infrastructure Australia, Transport of NSW and the Office of the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities.

Read the report on transport.