How is Australian RTO innovative activity supported?
There is an ever increasing need in Australia for more innovative activity to maintain and ensure a strong Australian economy and society (PWC, 2013).

Innovation can be defined as doing something differently to create value, whether that be economic, social or environmental (Innovation and Science Australia, 2017).

The Australian Vocational and Education Training (VET) sector also plays a crucial role in supporting a healthy Australian economy.

The Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) (Australian Government, 2015) recognises that a robust, resilient and efficiently functioning innovation, science and research system (ISR system) is needed to grow the Australian economy.

This ISR system requires actors, enablers and innovation activity to support productive outputs and outcomes (Innovation and Science Australia, 2017).

Innovation and Science Australia (2017) also recognises that Australian registered training organisations (RTOs) have an important role to play as producer of innovators through developing innovative skills in their graduates. However, there is limited insight into to where the enablers and actors are to support innovative activity in Australian RTOs.

Please support this research by completing the survey below to help gain some initial insight into which enablers and what actors exist to support innovative activity in Australian RTOs. You can also go into the draw to win a $50 Visa prepaid gift card.

The outcome of this research will be presented at this year’s NCVER No Frills conference in Hobart in July - https://www.ncver.edu.au/about/news-and-events/events/26th-national-vocational-education-and-training-research-conference, and published on the Digital Capability website blog.

Recommendations on how the Australian VET ISR System could be improved and further supported to enable more RTOs to capitalise on their innovative activity will also be provided.

For further information about this research, contact:

Allison Miller
Director and lead consultant
Digital Capability
allison@digitalcapability.com.au
(+61) 0400 732 270

References:
Australian Government. (2015), National Innovation and Science Agenda, http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/national-innovation-and-science-agenda viewed 27 January 2016

Innovation and Science Australian. (2017), Performance review of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System 2016, https://industry.gov.au/Innovation-and-Science-Australia/Documents/ISA-system-review/index.html viewed 18 February 2017

PWC, (2013), The startup economy 2013 - Digital Pulse, Commissioned by Google Australia, https://www.digitalpulse.pwc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/PwC-Google-The-startup-economy-2013.pdf viewed 29 January 2016

Australian Innovation, Science and Research System (Innovation and Science Australian, 2017)
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