The ATSE Strategy Plan 2013-17 was launched in May 2013 and contains a detailed plan of how the Academy has positioned itself for the next five years and sets out the priorities and approaches the Academy will take to promote the application of technological sciences and engineering into innovation for the benefit of Australia.
The Strategy Plan is supported by the Science and Technology Policy Statement. ATSE believes a National Science and Technology Policy Statement should be a core Government objective to provide linkage between its' existing Education policy and its' Industry and Innovation Policies.
A series of National Technology Challenges have been developed around the seven themes identified in the ATSE Strategy Plan to provide focus for ATSE's efforts. The challenges are linked to national needs where technological innovation has a role to play in ensuring Australia's global competitivieness, societal wellbeing and environmental sustainability.
To secure the future growth and profitability of Australia’s agricultural and food sectors, ATSE calls for the integrated pursuit of increased productivity and the enhancement of ecosystems through investment in technology, science and engineering innovation. Priority areas for action, including biotechnology, information technology services, water, environmental impacts and natural resource management, biosecurity, enhanced product specifications and certification, and waste reduction, will be analysed through the prisms of Public Policy, Innovation, and Education.
Australia needs to improve its approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to underpin its prosperity, its capacity to meet national challenges and its global competitiveness. ATSE believes improved quality and reach of STEM education are vital for sustainable wealth creation in Australia, which will be driven by science and technology.
To support Australia’s sustainable development and future prosperity, ATSE believes that Australia must move to low emission energy systems that are affordable, secure and reliable. The ATSE Energy Position Statement sets out 4 key themes that need to be considered in an integrated approach to effective Government policy.
Healthcare must be effective and affordable. To deal effectively with changing demographics and patterns of disease, Australia must develop and deploy advanced technologies that are effective across all populations, including the aged and people with disability. Technologies can play a major role in reducing healthcare costs when they are socially accepted and widely adopted. Such technologies can also enhance Australia’s economy if they are developed from a strong Australian industry base which draws on world-class research and development.
Australian industry competitiveness depends significantly on the ability to translate investment in science, research and development (R&D) into economic benefits, and to lift productivity through the uptake of new technology and technical innovations, including efficient capture of new innovations from overseas.
Infrastructure is crucial for Australia. It underpins productivity growth, supports a growing population, sustains industry growth, boosts competitiveness, enhances societal wellbeing and connects rural and urban environments. Improving investment in and the delivery of infrastructure makes the economy more attractive to foreign investors. But achieving sound infrastructure requires high quality planning, design, financing, delivery and management.
ATSE believes that Australia’s economic competitiveness and social and environmental well-being depend on translating its science and technology research into industry innovation and application – a process vitally strengthened through effective international engagement
Australia’s natural resources are an integral part of the Australian economy. The development and production of our natural resources must be conducted in an environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and economic manner.
Enhancing Australia's prosperity through technology and innovation