ATSE welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) consultation. This submission makes the following recommendations regarding the implementation of the NRF:
Recommendation 1: That the NRF prioritises investments in regional Australia.
Recommendation 2: That the NRF invests in projects that facilitate the establishment of a circular economy for renewable energy products.
Recommendation 3: That the NRF provides funding for both early-stage research and commercialisation of negative emissions technologies.
Recommendation 4: That the NRF provides funding for agricultural and agrifood-based research and commercialisation, with an emphasis on sustainable practices, public-private partnerships, and international engagement.
Recommendation 5: That the NRF provides funding to assist early-stage entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises in medical manufacturing as they progress through the regulatory process.
Recommendation 6: That the NRF provides funding for the promotion and translation of new medical technology innovations.