Innovation & Business Growth

Containing resources about economic development, business enterprises, technologies and research commercialisation, this compilation is supported by the University of South Australia.

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Innovation & Business Growth

Research report

27 Jul 2017

The nature of work is changing. For some workers, it is the best of times, as their knowledge, skills and creativity become increasingly valuable and combine to make them more prosperous. For others, however, it is the worst of times, as their hard-won skills and occupational practice become...

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26 Jul 2017

By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must urgently shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Analysing 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

Every other day the web page of the world’s number one search engine features a cute cartoon to celebrate something like World Chocolate Day or the woman who invented potato flour; occasionally it’s even animated. It’s designed to make Google look like a happy kingdom of approachable hipsters,...

Research report

19 Jul 2017

Support for protectionist trade policies flares up periodically, usually during periods of slow economic and income growth. Now is one of those periods.

The trend towards use of tariffs and other protectionist measures has lifted in G20 countries since the Global Financial Crisis and...

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Strategy

14 Jul 2017

Food and agribusiness markets are evolving rapidly. A rising global demand for food must be met despite harsher and less predictable farming conditions; supply chains are more globally connected than ever before despite increasing geopolitical instability; and technology advances are disrupting...

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Report

13 Jul 2017

Victoria has one of the world's largest life science clusters composed of the medical technology (medtech), biotechnology (biotech) and pharmaceutical industries. It is home to a vibrant commercial sector, key R&D infrastructure and advanced manufacturing expertise making it a highly sought...

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10 Jul 2017

Penalty rates have been a fixture of Australian industrial relations regimes since the late 1800s. With federation, a series of decisions by various state and federal wage-setting bodies began, culminating in the first ‘national’ penalty rate decision in 1947.

These early decisions...

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Discussion paper

06 Jul 2017

In 2016, the Committee for Sydney and The Business of Cities published First Amongst Equals? , the first edition of a global benchmarking study of Sydney’s comparative performance against other world cities.

This second edition updates and develops this benchmarking exercise, rating...

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04 Jul 2017

The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has engaged Essential Economics Pty Ltd to prepare a national economic evaluation of the sector.

The IBA is a national body, which represents the Australian independent brewing industry. An Independent Brewer produces less than 40 million litres...

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Working paper

30 Jun 2017

The aim of this paper is transformation of competition policy. It will show that current competition policy (as practiced in the Western World) has led to decline and losses that can never be measured. In some industries, the results have included higher prices and reduction in quality. Other...

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Briefing paper

21 Jun 2017

Ahead of a national manufacturing summit, this report outlines the manufacturing industry’s dogged resilience in difficult times, its importance to the Australian economy, and its more hopeful future prospects.

The report identifies several indicators which suggest that the economic...

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21 Jun 2017

Results of a national survey into flexible working practices, released on ‘Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017, reveal that Australian workplaces and employees are still relatively inflexible with flexible working arrangements, which may be contributing to ‘flexism’ and preventing...

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Statistics

15 Jun 2017

A summary of statistics on businesses use of the internet, and the innovation activity of businesses.

Key indicators of business use of IT include: internet access; the use of broadband; web presence; social media presence; and internet commerce (i.e. the placing and receiving of orders...

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Report

14 Jun 2017

The Energy Efficiency Council have launched the first edition of the Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook. This is a comprehensive guide to the policies that are essential to drive ambitious energy efficiency improvements in Australia.

The handbook has been developed in...

Article

12 Jun 2017

In 2007 US creative cities “guru” Richard Florida was flown up to Noosa to tell the local city council how they, too, could become a creative city.

Noosa was one of a long line of cities across the globe queuing up to pay big bucks to the US-based academic-entrepreneur. “Being creative”...

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09 Jun 2017

In 2007, CCIA released a report prepared by Capital Trade that was the first comprehensive study quantifying the U.S. economic contribution of industries relying on fair use and related legal provisions. The current report is the third update of the...

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Survey

07 Jun 2017

International visitors to Australia spent a record $39.8 billion in the year ending March 2017 – 5% or $1.9 billion more than the previous year. The number of visitors aged 15 years and over reached 7.7 million, up by 9% to 650,000, while nights were up 5% to 262 million. Strong growth was...

Discussion paper

31 May 2017

Early in 2016 Motu Economic and Public Policy Research gathered together a group of participants from diverse backgrounds and sectors to engage in a deep dialogue on key issues that affect the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) in order to generate new insights and strategic options...

Guide

25 May 2017

Every small business is the realisation of someone’s dream. Australia’s economy is strong thanks to small business people taking a risk and pursuing their dream. A strong small business sector means more jobs for Australians and more opportunities to build vibrant local communities across the...

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Discussion paper

04 May 2017

Summary

• Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.

• On 30 January 2017, the Trump Administration...

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