APESMA today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that it had been appointed to the newly-created Services Leadership Group.
CEO of APESMA, Chris Walton, said the group would help to identify new ways to keep Australia’s services sector strong.
“To remain competitive Australia must continually invest in innovation to keep productivity growing and help improve our world-famous Australian quality of life,” Mr Walton said.
“Over the past six years Australia’s professional and scientific services industry has grown by more than 34 per cent – the fastest economic growth of any industry.
“While other parts of the economy have attracted great debate in the media our services sector really is the quiet achiever of the Australian economy, growing faster than other industries over the past six years.
“However we need to keep an eye on the future and make sure Australia’s services industries tap into innovation and keep our economy strong.”
The Australian Government’s Services Leaders Group will:
- provide advice on issues relating to productivity, skills, innovation, international engagement and regulatory reform,
- provide or commission strategic research and analysis, and
- champion innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship in industry.
Other members of the group include Andrew Stevens (IBM), David Thodey (Telstra), Peter Anderson (ACCI), Ross Love (Boston Consulting), Leon Carter (FSU), David Williams (CSIRO).
Mr Walton said he was looking forward to working with other business, academic and union leaders on the group to keep Australia’s services industry competitive, particularly on behalf of APESMA’s engineering, ICT and scientist members.
“Australia’s future depends on our investment in skills and we need to encourage large project proponents to invest in young engineers in particular,” Mr Walton said.
“Given our talented engineers and first class universities it is frustrating that Australia is a net importer of engineering services.”