Delivering on the innovation agenda

13 May 2009

The Rudd Government has used the 2009 Federal Budget to deliver on its commitment to productivity growth through investment in research and innovation, the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences said today.

The Council’s President, Professor Linda Rosenman, said the 25 per cent boost in spending on innovation including research, together with the major investment in higher education and student support, would provide the foundation on which to build the creative imaginative Australia needed for the 21st century economy.

Professor Rosenman congratulated the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, for his commitment to consultation in setting up the new support funds for Sustainable Research Excellence in Universities, the ground breaking Joint Research engagement fund and other new initiatives. She also congratulated the Minister for the introduction of a tax credit system for research and development spending in smaller firms – including the opportunity for small scale businesses in creative industries to make a case for access to the scheme.

Among other initiatives the Council also noted new investment into digitisation of Australia’s cultural collections and a total of $62.3 million new investment in the arts and cultural areas. Round 2 of the Education Investment Fund included two projects based on humanities and the arts at UNSW and Charles Darwin University.

“There is much to be done to make these new policies deliver the knowledge and innovation we know Australia can produce. Researchers, education institutions, businesses and professions in the humanities, arts and social sciences look forward to making their contribution to a prosperous and creative future,” Professor Rosenman said.

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