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Welcome to the September 2019 edition of the Australian Innovation Precincts Newsletter.

Good governance for innovation precincts

Our new Innovation Precinct Insights guide explores governance models and arrangements for innovation precincts in an Australian context.

Gain best practice guidance to set up or renew your precinct governance.

Read our new guide

Do you want to become an export hub?

Expressions of Interest are open until 19 September to apply for a grant through the SME Export Hubs Initiative. This program is an opportunity to help local businesses access global markets.

Read more on >

It provides matched grants up to $1.5 million over 2 years and 5 months to establish and/or operate export hubs which align to one or more of the Growth Centre sectors.


Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews announcing a grant under Round 1 of the SME Export Hubs Initiative at the Southern Queensland Innovation in Export Hub. Pictured, Dr John McVeigh MP, Member for Groom, and Ali Davenport, CEO, Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise. (Source: Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise)

Discover the ANSTO Innovation Precinct

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will be the anchor institution for an expansive Innovation Precinct south of Sydney at the Lucas Heights campus.

Building on a 70-year history of scientific achievements and contributions to industry, ANSTO is opening its doors to expanded international, national, and local partnerships with industry, academia, and the research community.

Growing your business with PhDs

19 out of the 20 largest ASX listed companies now employ PhD graduates among their senior teams.

So says the new report ‘Advancing Australia’s Knowledge Economy – Who are the top PhD Employers?’ by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and CSIRO Data61’s student-employer matching platform

Read the report >

For Vaughan Shanks, CEO and founder of Melbourne cyber security firm Cydarm, welcoming an APR intern allowed his business to rapidly develop a new end-to-end system to triage cyber security incidents.

Read the success story >

About the APR Intern program from AMSI >

Announcements and events

National Economic Development Conference in Adelaide: 23–25 October 2019

This year's NED Conference theme is Leveraging Smart Cities for Economic Development and Digital Globalism, Digital Localism. Hear from highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge you and participate in robust dialogue about smart cities. 

Our department is proud to be a Gold Sponsor. Learn more or register >

Reminder: 22nd TCI Network Global Conference in Antwerp, Belgium: 9–10 October 2019

This conference is the leading global clusters event for government, business, and academic leaders, who are making unexpected connections for economic growth and shared prosperity. 

The program of #TCI2019 is now available.

Learn more or register >

TCI reaches out to 9,000 practitioners in over 110 countries. We became a TCI Network Member in July 2019.

Find out about TCI membership >

MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program expands to Gladstone Region

Queensland University of Technology, Advance Queensland and Team Queensland is supporting MIT REAP pilot projects in Toowoomba, Gladstone and Mackay to grow Queensland's innovation ecosystem. The locally constructed programs will focus strategic interventions on regional comparative advantages. 

Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have started or will soon finish MIT REAP projects.

This program enables partner regions to form multi-disciplinary teams and commit to a two-year learning engagement, working with the world-renowned MIT faculty.

Learn more on the MIT REAP website >

More resources and research

The Evolution of Innovation Districts: The New Geography of Global Innovation 

A new paper by Julie Wagner and Bruce Katz with Thomas Osha explores emerging trends around inclusivity, place making, and specialisation within active and emerging innovation precincts. The authors build on their influential paper The Rise of Innovation Districts as part of the Global Institute on Innovation Districts.

Read the paper >

In-depth review into Sydney's innovative clusters unveils important insights for policy makers and planners 

New research explores how knowledge is transferred between workers and businesses in industry clusters in Sydney. The review by SGS Economics Associate, Laura Schmahmann helps policymakers and planners fully understand how industry precincts evolve and function.

The Australian Technology Park (ATP) and Surry Hills are featured as case studies.

Read the guide >

The Innovation Precinct Champions share tools and resources on best practice innovation
precinct development and policy. We'd love to hear your feedback, insights and contributions at

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