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Australia’s first National Robotics Strategy announced

Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic has released Australia’s first National Robotics strategy at the Australian Financial Review AI Summit in Sydney today.

Robotics and automation have the potential to transform advanced manufacturing, support our transition to net zero, combat workforce shortages and create safer, more productive work environments.

Husic said robotics and automation will be important factors in helping Australian industries deliver a Future Made in Australia.

“Investing in the skills of our people, along with investing in technology like robotics and automation, will help sharpen our advanced manufacturing edge and grow secure jobs.

“We’ve seen when other countries like Germany and Japan invest in automation, they’re able to keep jobs and industry onshore in a competitive global environment,” said Music. 

They could add up to $600 billion per annum to Australian GDP and increase productivity growth by up to 150 per cent.

These technologies already play an important role in many sectors, from assisting in emergency responses to enhancing manufacturing and improving safety measures. 

The strategy charts a course for governments, industry, researchers and communities to position Australia as a world leader in developing, manufacturing and using robotics and automation technologies. 

The strategy aims to support Australian industries in developing and using robotics and automation technologies to strengthen competitiveness and boost productivity. 

The strategy targets a national capability by building a strong, collaborative robotics and automation ecosystem that is recognised for its strengths and that thrives in the domestic market and exports globally.

The strategy will put an emphasis on ensuring robotics and automation in Australia are safe to use alongside Australian workers and are secure and inclusive by design.

Supporting Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to and benefit from the development and adoption of robotics and automation is also prioritised by the strategy. 

The strategy was developed with guidance from the National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee and shaped by a nationwide consultation process with Australians who have specialist knowledge in robotics, technology, and ethics.

The strategy also complements and is supported by the Government’s National Reconstruction Fund, Industry Growth Program and the Future Made In Australia.

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