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Science, Innovation and Technology 

Western Australia has developed world-leading and innovative ways to manage its widely-spread economic resources and this has been instrumental in developing the innovation ecosystem of WA, centred out of the Perth city knowledge hub. For example, in the resources, mining and oil and gas sectors utilising advanced automation technology and in the field of radio astronomy where the high-speed supercomputing capacity of the Pawsey Centre is already providing SKA project. The State’s technology-based industries are benefitting from a strong commitment to the use of big data analytics to improve productivity. A sustained period of investment into research and development, as well as a thriving start-up community is driving innovation across the agribusiness, health, transport and financial services sectors.
 
In May 2016, Western Australia’s first Innovation Minister was appointed, the Hon. William (Bill) Richard Marmion MLA BE, MBA Minister for State Development; Finance; Innovation and in the innovation sector received a boost in the 2016 – 17 State Budget with a A$209 million package to be administered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. New initiatives include the Start IT Up WA Challenge; Techtober; and the WA Innovator of the Year Awards.  

Fostering solutions-driven innovation

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with eventually more than one square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering and research and development towards building and delivering a unique instrument, with the detailed design and preparation now well underway. As one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the SKA will bring together a wealth of the world’s finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition.

Historically in WA, collaboration between universities and the resources sector has fostered solutions-driven innovation through various centres of excellence and research partnerships established to help address technological challenges critical to the industry.

With a focus on building Western Australia’s science culture, the Office of Science facilitates cross-government collaboration developing links between industry, academia and State Government agencies. The Science Statement for Western Australia released in April 2015, focuses on five priorities: mining and energy; medicine and health; agriculture and food; biodiversity and marine science; and radio astronomy.

The WA Government utilises a fully accessible Open Data Policy implemented through a Digital WA Strategy which improves the management and use of the States’ data assets, delivering value and benefits for all citizens. 

As part of the Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government has committed A$294 million toward constructing and operating the world's largest radio telescope - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) during the next decade.

Office of Science Western Australia >
Science Statement of Western Australia >
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research >
Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope >
Technology Park, Bentley, Western Australia >
Pawsey Supercomputer Centre >
Murchison Widefield Array >

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