Published 20-10-2020

Five appointed to assist in $1.5b manufacturing plan delivery


Five members of industry have been appointed to the Industry Innovation and Science Australia board to assist in the delivery of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy.

DuluxGroup chief executive Patrick Houlihan and Woodside Energy’s Lauren Stafford both have been appointed to the board for three years.

Fintech and consumer rights expert Scott Farrell, space technology entrepreneur Dr Alex Grant and internationally recognised ag-tech innovator Sarah Nolet have been appointed for two years.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new appointments would bolster industry experience within the organisation, particularly as it helps deliver the manufacturing strategy.

“As a government, we are getting the economic conditions right and backing our manufacturers to become more competitive, more resilient and to scale-up – but it is industry that will chart the course of our recovery and make this strategy stick for generations to come,” Ms Andrews said.

“We know it is industry, not governments, that create jobs, so it’s essential that we have people from industry in these key advisory roles.”

Chairman Andrew Stevens (pictured) said the Industry Innovation and Science Australia board would play a crucial advisory role in implementing the Modern Manufacturing Strategy. “We will oversee the development of six industry-led road maps that will guide future investment and action,” he said.

“Through the manufacturing strategy, government is getting the economic conditions right and backing Australian manufacturers to become more competitive. It is industry that will chart the course of this recovery and build an energised manufacturing sector.

“When we look at the components of an energised manufacturing sector, it is hard to look past competition and innovation. Competitiveness drives success at the product, service and firm level. Success drives scale and both will reinvigorate the sector.

“In these initiatives we are seeing a renewed focus on technology and innovation. Australia’s investment and support for technology adoption, digitisation and innovative businesses practices will increase the competitiveness and resilience of our businesses.”


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