Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:09

Innovation agenda a key part of Sinodinos role as new Industry Minister Featured

Arthur Sinodinos, Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos, Industry Minister

The new federal Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos has responsibility for innovation and science after being appointed to the portfolio by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a reshuffle of his ministry.

Sinodinos was appointed as Industry, Innovation and Science Minister to replace Greg Hunt who will become Health and Sport Minister after Sussan Ley resigned amid an expenses scandal.

The innovation portfolio is important to Australia’s technology sector, including start-ups, who have previously called for greater focus on innovation by all levels of government.

Sinodinos will be responsible for ushering the government’s crowd-sourced equity funding legislation through parliament and will be involved in putting together policies for the government’s second wave of its innovation and science agenda.

Sinodinos’ appointment to the innovation portfolio has already been welcomed by Australia's peak advocacy group for startups, StartupAUS, at a time which chief executive Alex McCauley says is “critical for innovation and startups”.

"StartupAUS warmly welcomes Arthur Sinodinos to the innovation portfolio. This is a critical time for innovation and start-ups, and we need to make sure we don’t lose momentum as a result of political change,” McCauley said.

“We expect the government to keep moving swiftly towards delivering the second wave of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) and we look forward to working with Minister Sinodinos to drive new sources of economic growth and ensure that its policies deliver the innovation, the investment, and the technology that will secure Australia’s future.”

Sinodinos’ appointment was also welcomed by the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, which has called for the government to take the lead and work with industry on addressing the needs of Australia’s emerging digital economy.

ACS president Anthony Wong said the innovation portfolio had been identified by the government as critical to generating the jobs of the future “as Australia transforms federal key areas into a knowledge-based economy driven by technology, innovation and digital skills”.

“The ACS looks forward to working with Minister Sinodinos on the second wave of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) to leverage new sources of growth to take full advantage of our growing digital economy.

“As a priority, the ACS calls on Minister Sinodinos to address Australia’s digital skills mix and work collaboratively with industry, educational institutions and key stakeholders to boost digital literacy and ensure Australia’s pool of ICT talent continues to grow and be world class. This will be necessary as Australia continues its transition to a digital economy.”


26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more


Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year 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).



Recent Comments