First Australian innovation conference showcases local ideas

The first national Innovation in Australia exhibition was held in Brisbane this week, showcasing Australian biotechnology, mining equipment, polymers and therapeutic innovations, along with a whole raft of other game-changing products and solutions.

Innovation in Australia: People Making the Difference, held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, featured 32 exhibitors and nine keynote speakers, all showcasing the power of local innovations.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the event celebrates the success of innovative Australian firms, and shows how businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs can benefit from the government’s innovation grants and support.

Senator Carr launched a new government publication called ‘It’s all about innovation’, offering information and ideas to help businesses take advantage of innovation grants, including a section called ‘Eight tests of an innovative idea’, and another named ‘ Creating an innovation strategy’.

“Innovation in Australia showcases the kind of creative enterprise that is critical to our future as a dynamic, prosperous and outward-looking nation,” Senator Carr said.

“Australia has a world-class research sector and we have always excelled at creating new ideas – but we need to do more and encourage innovation across the economy. The Showcase demonstrates to firms what government support is available and how businesses can access it.”

The new publication, ‘It’s all about innovation’, is a practical tool based on original research commissioned by the department of innovation, said Senator Carr.

“It will help businesses and add to the unprecedented support available for innovation in Australia,” he said.