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Science, Innovation and Technology 

Western Australia has developed cutting edge ways to manage its widely-spread economic resources and this has been instrumental in developing the innovation ecosystem of WA. For example, Western Australia's world leading energy and mining sectors are collaborating with academia to pioneer advanced automation technology and, in the field of radio astronomy, the high-speed supercomputing capacity of the Pawsey Centre and world-renowned research capabilities of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy are underpinning the groundbreaking SKA mega-project. The State’s technology-based industries are benefitting from a strong commitment to the use of big data analytics and the Internet of Things to improve productivity and a thriving start-up community, driving innovation across a wide range of verticals including cyber security, agribusiness, health, and financial services.

In November 2017, the Western Australian Government introduced the New Industries Fund with a focus on nurturing and supporting innovation in the State. The fund will support and accelerate new and emerging businesses in WA through a series of new initiatives, including Innovation Hubs and Science Industry Fellowships, that are designed to increase collaboration across industry, academia and government.

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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