Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) is continuing with workshops to develop its 15-year national innovation plan, holding a Skills for Innovation Roundtable on 5 July.
ISA is consulting with science and research, business, education and skills organisations to inform their audit of the performance of the Australian innovation, science and research system. As well as the skills roundtable, further roundtables will be held on investment, capability and infrastructure, and research and collaboration.
Further information on the audit is available at www.industry.gov.au/isa.
At this stage, a number of questions in relation to ISA remain outstanding including:
- Who will ISA report to? – commentators suggest it is likely to be Science Minister Karen Andrews who is expected to add innovation responsibilities to her portfolio following Wyatt Roy’s loss of his seat in the federal election;
- Who will the CEO be? – the recruitment process has now resumed;
- What will the role of ISA be – it appears that under chair Bill Ferris, the ISA will have a focus on policy work similar to that undertaken by the Chief Scientist’s under Ian Chubb; and
- How will ISA engage industry in the innovation process?
Professionals Australia will keep members up-to-date on ISA developments.