The NSW Government has opened public consultation on its new ‘whole of government’ Innovation Strategy, building on the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda to improve the state’s innovation ecosystem.
The government is calling for input across eight core issues, with the first looking at what existing policies or programs are working well to help entrepreneurs and where the government should focus its efforts.
The second looks at disruption and the development of a regulatory environment that supports innovation; the government in January released a policy framework for the embracing of the sharing economy, having regulated rideshare services last December.
Other focus areas include boosting access to funding and investment, the development of innovation hubs, further opening access to government data, meeting demand for business skills and education, and working with government.
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said that the state government plays a significant role in fostering innovation in NSW.
“Innovation is about building a better place for the people of NSW to live. It’s about giving businesses the tools and inspiration to grow and provide the right services to our citizens,” he said.
Dominello outlined his plans for the government’s innovation agenda in episode 3 of Startup Daily’s video series PoliTech: