WA developing a 10-Year Science and Technology Plan

Monday, 04 September, 2023

WA developing a 10-Year Science and Technology Plan

WA’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) is leading the development of a new strategic 10-year Science and Technology Plan for Western Australia (The Plan), which aims to establish the state as a global hub for leading and inclusive science and tech research, development, commercialisation and deployment. The Plan will complement current strategies such as Western Australia’s Innovation Strategy, which establishes a 10-year vision to make WA a renowned global hub of invention, investment, innovation and impact.

The Plan seeks to define pathways to capitalise on the state’s unique advantages, and attract investment and talent to maximise impact. It will highlight WA’s key strengths — including those in radio astronomy, space operations, remote technologies, marine science, medical technology and food security — as well as opportunities for sustainable living and energy transition, preparedness for AUKUS Pillar II critical technologies and advanced manufacturing.

The blueprint will investigate how science and technology can provide solutions to current and future challenges — from diversifying and decarbonising the economy, to finding new medical solutions, to improving the quality of life of Western Australians. The contribution of First Nations peoples to scientific discovery and advances will also be acknowledged, facilitating greater support for future engagement and endeavours.

“The Cook government’s 10-Year Science and Technology Plan will elevate Western Australia as an exciting global hub of science and technology development,” said WA Science Minister Stephen Dawson. “It will acknowledge our huge capabilities and expertise in areas such as emerging tech, food security, energy transition and security, the circular economy, First Nations knowledge and more.

“Building the state’s science and technology capability for the next decade is essential for the future. These industries will help diversify and decarbonise the WA economy, create exciting jobs and help us to solve challenges faced by communities around the world.”

Broad consultation with stakeholders, including industry, research institutions, Aboriginal groups, government agencies and universities, will commence in September, to establish an inclusive and impactful plan by 2024. To register your interest in being involved, email sciencetechplan@jtsi.wa.gov.au.

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