Posted on 15. Apr, 2010 in Clayton Update

Odour repellent fabrics that require less washing, lightweight car parts and technology that can analyse disease through a single tear drop are the types of innovative ideas that could be pursued under the Brumby Labor Government’s $10.5 million small technologies action plan.

Launching the Victorian Action Plan for Small Technologies today at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication in Wellington Road Clayton,Hong Lim joined with Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings who said the Australia-first plan would stimulate growth in the State’s small technologies industry and help create jobs for Victorian families.

“Victoria leads the way in nanotechnology and microtechnology in Australia and the Brumby Labor Government is taking action with this plan to ensure the growth of the sector by increasing its export and investment potential,” Mr Jennings said.

“The Victorian Action Plan for Small Technologies is the first by any Australian State government and will ensure companies continue to advance their innovations and provide support for local companies to enter international markets.

“The development of small technologies is already driving transformation and innovation in products, services and industrial processes which will no doubt have a major impact across the Victorian economy and community.

“Small technologies have the potential to provide real benefits through medical advances and environmental benefits through innovations in areas such as pollution reduction.”

Mr Jennings said the Action Plan focuses on three key actions: industry uptake, improving skills and training, and increasing awareness of small technologies. The plan also contains industry initiatives and outlines priority areas for the sector.

Initiatives in the Victorian Action Plan for Small Technologies include: · $6.5 million for a Small Technologies Industry Uptake Program to help businesses to apply small technologies to meet challenges, solve problems and improve productivity; a small technologies roadshow; and industry uptake awards; · $2 million to investigate skills and education programs needed to support this growth industry; and · $2 million towards international investment, export promotion, conferences and events and other projects.

Mr Jennings said the Action Plan builds on the Victorian Nanotechnology Statement 2008 which set out priorities for developing nanotechnology in Victoria.

“Over the past decade, the Victorian Government has invested more than $250 million in infrastructure to enable small technologies industries such as the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication and the Small Technology Cluster,” Mr Jennings said.

Mr Jennings said the Victorian Government is working closely with the Commonwealth Government’s National Enabling Technology Strategy. For further information visit: www.business.vic.gov.au/nanotechnology

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