TIAC’s thirty eighth meeting discussions and directions – 10 May 2017

  • The thirty eighth Council meeting, on 10 May 2017 was held at the Department of Commerce offices at Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William St, Perth.
  • The Chair commended the paper WA Government Industry and Technology Announcements which was prepared by the TIAC Secretariat and suggested to continue it as a living document to capture further undertakings from the Government. It was noted that the source of the information should be captured so the full details can be perused as required. It is important for TIAC to contribute to important topics for the Government. Professor Beazley and Professor Collin reiterated the continual need for science and industry fellowships to link research and businesses. Professor Beazley added that international students are a priority issue to enable the sector to grow well
  • The Council agreed that a TIAC Brief to the Incoming Minister should be finalised, designed to reflect on the Government’s election commitments and to demonstrate how the delivery of TIAC’s actions coincides with these commitments. The Brief will also:
    1. Assist the Government with the Service Priority Review.
    2. Advocate TIAC’s belief that the Heads of Government should be in charge of Economic Development and Innovation. The Chair drew parallels to the former Premier of Queensland, Mr Peter Beattie’s proposal.
    3. Suggest that TIAC could be revamped as an Economic Growth and Innovation Body and could be included for consideration in the Service Priority Review.
  • TIAC were advised that the Secretariat had secured the services of Inotek Corporation to assist with refining the New Energy and the Economy advisory paper.

Key Actions

  • Secretariat to draft a one page brief of the ‘Post-election Brief and Positioning TIAC’ for wider use.
  • Secretariat to re-shuffle the five key topics of the ‘Post-election Brief and Positioning TIAC’ to Accessing Greater Amounts of Commonwealth Funding; New Energy Technology as an Economic Driver; International Education Critical in Forming Strategic Economic Linkages; Technology Driven Agriculture and Aquaculture and Health and Aged Care Growth Opportunities.
  • Secretariat to draft a transmittal letter to circulate TIAC’s version of the ‘Accessing Commonwealth Funding’.
  • Secretariat to provide a copy of the ‘Accessing Commonwealth Funding’ paper to the Department of State Development and the Office of Science once circulated.

TIAC’s thirty seventh meeting discussions and directions – February 2017

  • The thirty seventh Council meeting, in February 2017 was held at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI). Dr Carolyn Williams, CEO, CERI provided members with an overview of the Centre and the projected goals and vision from founder Mr Charlie Bass. Dr Williams explained to members the components of CERI’s Venture Mentoring System whilst stressing the importance of teamwork and having the right mindset to enable the translation of research into global business opportunities. Dr Williams provided members with a background on the Centre highlighting the multidisciplinary nature of student intake and CERI’s proof of concept activities.
  • It was acknowledged by the Council that Western Australia does not perform well in accessing Commonwealth competitive funding programs. Members were informed that a consultant (Belka Consulting) has been requested by the Secretariat to provide a 5-10 page discussion paper to TIAC on the issue of accessing research grants. The Chair informed members that securing funds from the Commonwealth will be an important topic. There is currently, limited ability to access general funding sources, so Commonwealth competitive grants is one of the few areas where additional money may be secured.
  • Mr Andy Farrant informed members of the current status of the EGTI Cluster Mapping project. He highlighted that the Committee of Perth was currently implementing an 18 month long project titled Bigger and Better: Beyond the Boom focused on the current and future economy of the Perth and Peel regions. The Secretariat has been in initial discussions with the Department of Planning to identify ways that TIAC may be involved. This is subsequent to the meetings the Secretariat had with Data61 and the Office of the Chief Economist in regards to the use of big data.

Key Actions

  • Secretariat to draft a revised post-election briefing focusing on recommendations for the future WA economy with significant input from members.
  • Other issues including membership and TIAC’s work plan - to be progressed as separate papers
  • The Secretariat to continue working with Belka consulting to develop a draft TIAC paper to advise on accessing Commonwealth competitive grants consulting will all TIAC members.
  • Secretariat to continue to progress the energy scoping paper.
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