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24
Oct
2018

Liberal Nationals to establish a Victorian Chief Innovation Officer

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth which is why the Liberal Nationals have a plan to decentralise our jobs and our population across Victoria.

As part of that plan to decentralise our jobs and our population, a Liberal National Government will create a position of Victorian Chief Innovation Officer to drive growth opportunities in key industries throughout regional Victoria.

Victoria’s international competitiveness and economic prosperity will increasingly depend on ensuring we have skills appropriate for the digital age, and are able to create a more innovative, entrepreneurial platform for high value jobs.

Despite Victoria’s universities and research agencies producing world-class research in many areas, Australia ranks 33rd out of 33 of the OECD countries for collaboration between universities, publicly funded research organisations and business.

A Liberal Nationals Government will appoint an industry leader to this role who will drive innovation in Victoria through a collaborative and commercialisation focused approach.

The Chief Innovation Officer will have broad responsibilities to oversee and implement a range of innovation policies and act as a genuine bridge between university, industry and business.

Importantly, the Chief Innovation Officer will support the Liberal Nationals plan for a decentralised Victoria by focusing on growth opportunities in key industries throughout regional Victoria. This approach will leverage off existing business and university networks and underpin the development of skilled jobs in regional Victoria.

Only a Liberal National Government will jumpstart innovation and ensure all Victorian’s can share in the benefits of a diversified, collaborative economy.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Innovation, David Southwick MP:

“As part of the Liberal Nationals plan to decentralise our jobs and our population, we will create a position of Victorian Chief Innovation Officer to drive growth opportunities in key industries throughout regional Victoria.

The Victoria Chief Innovation Officer will be responsible for driving commercialisation through collaboration and contribute towards a strong, diversified Victorian economy.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will embrace innovation to drive new jobs and opportunity throughout regional Victoria.”

 

Media contact: Alexander Woff   0434 972 166          alexander.woff@parliament.vic.gov.au

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