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Bio Technology : October 2009
In May 2009, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, released the Australian Government’s Innovation Agenda to 2020 – Powering Ideas: An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century. Powering Ideas is a 10-year agenda to make Australia more productive and competitive. It outlines how the Australian Government will improve skills and expand research capacity, encourage more innovation by business, government and the community sector and boost domestic and international collaborations. The National Enabling Technologies Strategy (NETS) The Government has established the four year National Enabling Technologies Strategy (NETS) to provide a framework for the responsible development and adoption of enabling technologies in Australia, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and other technologies, as they emerge. NETS will build on the work of the earlier National Biotechnology Strategy and National Nanotechnology Strategy. It supports a whole of government approach to policy development, regulation and public engagement efforts to assist industry to capitalise on the opportunities offered by these technologies and coordinated involvement in international efforts to address issues, including health and safety. NETS also provides funding for new and enhanced biotechnology and nanotechnology measurement laboratories and research so that measurement standards can be established for both regulators and industry. The Government has consulted broadly on the development of the detail of the Strategy, which is expected to be ﬁnalised later in 2009. Powering Ideas An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century