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The Australian Government is investing $344,000 to support two new industry-led collaboration projects through National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), one of the Government’s six industry growth centres.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the first project will help leverage Australia’s “world-leading” capabilities in remote operations, AI, machine learning and automation to create new markets and build scale between the energy resources sector and emerging global space industry.

The project will power the newly-formed Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium to map Australia’s current technology capabilities and identify opportunities to position Australia as a future hub and exporter of remote operations technology solutions for space.

The second project will accelerate the development and delivery of a “world-first” augmented machine vision solution, which is capable of revolutionising the way the energy industry inspects and maintains equipment deep underwater.

“These projects are examples of how Australia can lead the next decade and beyond in technology innovation by leveraging our industry knowledge and encouraging the exchange of ideas across sectors,” Minister Andrews said.

“It proves that by getting industry to work together we can see our world-leading energy resources sector expand even further and take on new frontiers.

“Space presents Australia with huge economic opportunities. These cross-sector opportunities will be essential if we’re to reach our goal of tripling the size of the space economy to $12 billion a year and an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030.”

NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said NERA was working to ensure Australia remains globally competitive now and into the future, and this means supporting the local energy ecosystem to design and develop the next generation of energy technology at home.

“NERA is proud to create connections for growth across our sector that bridge the gap between the science and commercial worlds, drive economic and safety improvements across the sector and invest in new technology projects that are supporting Australia’s transition towards a low carbon future,” Taylor said.

Western Australian Science Minister Dave Kelly said AROSE presents an opportunity to leverage Western Australia’s “world-class expertise to create an estimated 1,500 WA jobs in five years’ time”.

“The Western Australian Government is a founding partner of AROSE along with Woodside, Fugro, Nova Systems, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.

“The McGowan Government is seizing the opportunity to take part in the new generation space race to diversify the WA economy and create WA jobs.

“Last month, I announced $1.5 million to secure the headquarters of AROSE in Perth and I welcome the Commonwealth collaborating with us on this exciting project.

“I look forward to working with my federal counterparts and industry to unlock more opportunities for Western Australia in this emerging sector.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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