The South Australian Government has called on the public to comment on a consultation paper released last week which will aim to shape the future of the State’s science, research and iinnovation policies.


State Minister for Science, Tom Kenyon, said that the Government is aiming to build the state’s research capability, and it was crucial to involve the public in the future of policy making in the field.


“Our future prosperity will rely on nurturing a culture of innovation and this means investing in skills which lead to jobs in priority areas for the State,” Mr Kenyon said.


“Research and development and innovation plays a crucial role in keeping and developing our State’s leaders, as well as attracting new talent and investment which is crucial for creating a vibrant community.


“In line with the State’s Seven Strategic Priorities, the consultation process aims to reflect our aspirations for the future,” Mr Kenyon said.


The consultation is structured around a number of key themes:


  • Increasing research and development capabilities in universities and research institutions to increase our world rankings 
  • Building the State’s research workforce
  • Strengthening local, national and global collaboration
  • Encouraging industry to make better use research capabilities
  • Strengthening the commercialisation of research and development
  • The role of the State Government.


Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor, Don Bursill says that science and research is a fast  moving and dynamic area.


“Investment in science, research and innovation is vital to the future economic growth and wellbeing of  South Australia and it is important to identify key directions that will focus effort and investment in this important area for the State,” Professor Bursill said.



Submissions can be made until January 31 2013


More information can be found here