Hodgman Tasmania State Govt Looks To Support Innovative Projects

Hodgman Tasmania State Govt Looks To Support Innovative Projects

Tasmania Minister for Information Technology and Innovation Michael Ferguson

A New Innovation Collaboration For Tasmania

Victor P Taffa

Ties between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania will be strengthened by a renewed partnership to promote innovation in Tasmania, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation Michael Ferguson said.

“In 2010, the first Collaboration Agreement was established between the Government and the university’s Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC), based in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. It has provided a platform for policy makers and researchers to collaborate, along with specific initiatives such as the Tasmanian Innovation Census.” Mr. Ferguson said.

 

 

 

 

 

Both parties have agreed to extend the agreement for a further three years, with a number of new focus areas added to the agreement, including:

  • Industry-research linkages;
  • Innovation in existing/priority industries;
  • Innovation in emerging industries, such as creative industries, digital economy, advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology/micro-sensing and science and research;
  • Public sector innovation.

“The Hodgman Tasmania State Government is committed to supporting this essential research into innovation in Tasmanian businesses, as well as the delivery of regional innovation programs that encourage businesses to be more innovative and entrepreneurial.” Mr. Ferguson said.

“This partnership will help the university continue to be a key driver of innovation in Tasmania. UTAS is one of the nation’s leading institutions measured by grant outcomes for research which links researchers, industry and Government.”

“The Hodgman Tasmania State Government will continue to have a constant effort towards innovation which will drive state growth and the creation of jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians.” Mr. Ferguson said.