Planning for a technology powered, human driven future

A budget for a tech powered, human driven future

A budget for a technology powered, human driven future

ATSE welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the 2022-23 Federal Budget.

This submission outlines the need to develop a skilled workforce for the future, create the conditions for research activity and commercialisation, and utilise technology to address climate change.

To achieve this vision, we presented a set of specific recommendations for strategic and targeted Government investment in the 2022-23 Federal Budget.

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To meet Australia’s economic, environmental, and industrial ambitions, a focused plan is required to create a technology powered, human driven future for all Australians.

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ATSE recommends three priorities

1. Cultivating a skilled STEM workforce

2. Creating conditions for increased research collaboration, translation, and commercialisation

3. Applying a technology-based approach to managing and mitigating climate change.

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Our recommendations are below

Developing a skilled STEM workforce

1. Provide access to programs (like ATSE’s world class digitech program CS in Schools) for school students to develop digital literacy.

2. Provide access to hands-on programs (like ATSE’s innovative STEM teaching program STELR) which develop practical science and engineering skills and inspire students into STEM-powered career paths.

3. Invest in developing the STEM teaching workforce, by mandating that STEM teachers to have a STEM specific degree, providing upskilling and incentives for teachers.

4. Increase industry engagement and cross-sector research and development collaborations by resourcing industry internship and mentoring programs for early-career researchers (like ATSE’s flagship Industry Mentoring Network in STEM – IMNIS program).

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Enhancing research collaboration, translation, and commercialisation

5. Deliver a research funding strategy which covers the entire research pipeline from curiosity-driven research to industry-led research commercialisation.

6. Commit to fully fund the upcoming University research Commercialisation Scheme in full for no less than a five-year period.

7. Create and invest in a national strategy to create a circular economy to accelerate a paradigm shift towards design for reduced waste and better product stewardship.

8. Use public procurement to create strong and immediate viable markets for new and environmentally sustainable domestic products.[1]

9. Support a ‘Digital by Default’ approach for major projects, as advocated by the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan, with data and digital valued alongside physical infrastructure.

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Deploying technologies for climate change mitigation and resilience

10. Invest in electric and hydrogen vehicle infrastructure including a comprehensive electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refuelling plan.

11. Increase public investment in developing emerging technologies as outlined in the Low-Emissions Technology Statements, within a publicly accountable implementation framework.

[1] Roos, Goran 2012, ‘Manufacturing into the Future’, accessed from <>

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