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13 October 2020

MEDIA RELEASE

Robotics Australia Group encourages robotics sector to complete new Government survey Australia’s peak body for the robotics industry, Robotics Australia Group (RAG) has encouraged creators of robotics and robotics-related technology to complete the Australian Government’s new survey of Australia’s Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Capability. Stemming from the National Meeting of Digital Economy and Technology Ministers in May, the survey will inform the development of a national Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Systems Capability Map. Once completed, the Map will be provided to Australia’s digital economy and technology Ministers and agencies to highlight areas of strength and expertise to drive greater collaboration domestically and inform the promotion of Australia as a key location for research, development and commercialisation.

 

The Map will consider:

• public and private projects and centres of expertise;

• investments;

• case studies that draw on world leading, unique and/or innovative capabilities in AI and autonomous systems; and the

• skills, infrastructure and talent that underpin these case studies.

 

RAG Chair Dr Sue Keay acknowledged the Government’s commitment to understanding and highlighting Australia’s national capabilities. “The future of the robotics industry is very promising and the growth that this sector can deliver is essential for Australia’s long-term economic recovery,” Dr Keay said. “We commend the Australian Government for their work in better understanding the sector and for their commitments to enhancing Australia’s technological capability in the recent budget”. “As the national peak body, we are committed to creating new export opportunities for Australian-developed technologies; driving new employment opportunities; creating high-value global skills and capabilities; encouraging onshore investment and talent retention; and promoting competitive technological sovereign capability”. “We also see the opportunity to capitalise on our nation’s collective knowledge and skills to support the strength and competitiveness of all of our national industries including mining, energy, agriculture, defence, manufacturing, construction and avionics”.

The survey is open until 29 November

More information is available at

https://consult.industry.gov.au/digital-economy/mapping-australias-ai-capability/

For more information please contact Nicole Ireland, Corporate Affairs Manager on 0409207672.

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