New Technology and Industry Advisory Council announced today
Date Published: 10/12/2010

Commerce and Science and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion today announced the establishment of the new Western Australian Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC).

Mr Marmion said the council would play a critical advisory role in determining the strategic direction for industry, science and innovation in the State. 

“The State Government is progressing development of a sustainable and co-ordinated direction for industry, science, and innovation in Western Australia,” he said.

“This direction will ensure the State is focusing on building our core competencies and capabilities to create a strong and stable economic base for future generations of West Australians.

“TIAC will provide advice to the State Government and deliver recommendations that support the development and growth of our key sectors.”

The Minister also confirmed that Professor Lyn Beazley AO had been re-appointed as Western Australia’s Chief Scientist for 2011.

State Cabinet has formally endorsed the nine members of TIAC. They are:

  • Mr Charles Morgan (Chair), Resources and Technology Expert
  • Dr Mal Bryce AO, iVEC Chair and former Deputy Premier
  • Mr Colin Beckett, General Manager of the Greater Gorgon Area, Chevron Australia
  • Professor Barry Marshall AC, Nobel Laureate
  • Mr John Poynton, Executive Chairman of Azure Capital
  • Professor Beverley Ronalds, Group Executive for CSIRO Energy Group
  • Professor Lyn Beazley AO, Western Australian Chief Scientist
  • Professor  Shaun Collin, Western Australian Research Fellow
  • Dr James (Jim) Ross AO, Chairman of Earth Science Western Australia

The council will deliver the following activities:

  • Develop an overall strategy including priorities and goals, to be communicated to all stakeholders, to guide industry, science and innovation investments and activities in Western Australia, in line with the objects defined in the Industry and Technology Development Act 1998 (WA)
  • Continuously inform and evolve the overall strategy by engaging with relevant stakeholders in industry, academia and government to identify opportunities to develop and strengthen the State’s competitive advantages and maximise benefits to Western Australia
  • Provide advice regarding the improvement of systems used by government agencies to manage industry, science and innovation investments and initiatives
  • Develop a report, to be updated annually, measuring and evaluating industry, science and innovation investment and initiatives to establish a baseline for these activities in the State and to identify critical areas of priority
  • Provide advice regarding the development of whole-of-government priorities and strategies to support better collaboration and coordination within government, with particular focus on encouraging the development of programs and initiatives supporting innovation across government agencies
  • Provide advice on strategies to increase the level of Federal funding for research and industry initiatives to Western Australia
  • Provide advice, when requested by the Minister, on selected funding recommendations from government agencies regarding industry, science and innovation investments, to ensure that these are aligned with the overall strategy.

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