Boosting R&D Crucial For Economic Uplift

We strongly welcome the Government’s investment in economy-boosting research and development detailed in yesterday’s figures from The Australian Bureau of Statistics. However, Government investment in R&D as a percentage of GDP has remained unchanged since 2018 at 0.17 per cent.

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“Australia urgently needs deeper and sustained investment in research from government, universities and particularly business to lift our stubbornly low level of R&D funding as a percentage of GDP,” says STA CEO Ryan Winn.

“We cannot continue to tolerate a slide, particularly as our economic rivals seriously ramp up their own investment.”

“We look forward to working with Government through the recently-announced Strategic Review of Research and Development and the Future Made in Australia agenda to boost R&D funding to power the country’s future economy.”

Australian Bureau of Statistics Media Release: Government sector leading the way for R&D expenditure.

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