The Australian Centre for Innovation

Our Mission:


About Us What We Do   Major Achievements

The Australian Centre for Innovation

Our Mission:


About Us What We Do   Major Achievements

The Australian Centre for Innovation

Our Mission:


About Us What We Do   Major Achievements

About Us

The Australian Centre for Innovation was established in 1992, in the form of Australian Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness (ACIIC Ltd) as an independent non-profit company. Its articles of association included contributing to the objectives of the University of Sydney and the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering.  We have been deeply involved in developing a better understanding of the changing nature of the global knowledge economy and the means to prosper within it. At the same time, the Centre has continued its research and consulting in the areas of innovation, research and technology policy.

The future of Australia’s economic success depends in large part upon the development of effective strategies and policies for science, technology and innovation in both the public and private sectors. The most productive and fastest growing economies are developing innovative capabilities as core corporate and public-sector strategies.

» Innovation in the service and knowledge-based industries

» Innovation in regional economic development

More recently, the objectives and operations of the Centre have moved with the changing times, in order to maintain and focus on current and future pressing issues. This has seen the Australian Centre for Innovation:

» strengthen its foresight and horizon scanning capabilities

» develop a major capacity to deliver effective engagement between the worlds of research and commerce

» initiate a major research program on the future of work

» design and deliver new learning approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship

What We Do

  •  Analyse emerging technologies and identify their potential industry, market , environmental and social impact
  • Develop and evaluate innovation and technology strategies for specialist technology companies
  • Promote innovation appropriate to small and micro-businesses
  • Design and evaluate mechanisms to strengthen university-industry collaboration; this includes a broker-service to identify potentially appropriate partners in the industry and research communities and to build the basis of cooperation
  • Facilitate engagement and the exploration of issues between disparate parties, where our deep knowledge of emerging technologies and their potential influence on business opportunities, skill requirements and regulation challenges have provided the basis for building new strategies and engagement
  • Design and deliver leading-edge teaching and training courses to equip engineers with the skills to be effective managers, innovators and entrepreneurs

Where we’ve worked

ACIIC Global Business Placeholder
ACIIC Global Business

Major Achievements

ACIIC has:

 Provided leadership in establishing a new culture of innovation in Australia

 Championed the key role of innovation and economic competitiveness

 Made a major contribution to an understanding of the global knowledge economy

 Identified new growth sectors and employment-generating opportunities in the knowledge economy

 Pioneered the application of ‘future analysis’ in Australia

 Developed and delivered international training courses in managing the future

 Assisted a wide range of private and public sector organisations to develop viable long-term visions and strategies

 Developed science and technology policy formulation and research evaluation.

Recent News

Ron Johnston appointed to Expert Advisory Panel

IMNIS (Industry mentoring Network in STEM), the national mentoring program connecting researchers and industry mentors, has appointed Professor Ron Johnston as a member of an Expert Advisory Panel of senior business and academic leaders to advise on implementation of...
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Five Laws of Technological Change

Every technology is unique. But analysis of a wide range of technologies reveals some fundamental patterns. Read the presentation to the Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium by Ron Johnston in the Publications folder
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Australia’s innovation report card shows the nation can do better, and hints at how

Professor Ron Johnston's article published in The Conversation - February 9, 2017
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Why Innovation Matters

A presentation by Ron Johnston to the Innovation for Leadership seminar for 25 offficials from the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs as part of the Australia-Indonesia Centre Emerging Leaders Program emphasised the importance of understanding the 'paradoxes of...
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New business opportunities from research collaboration

Businesses must take the lead in enhancing research translation and collaboration to achieve Australia’s transition into an expanded knowledge base economy. This is the central challenge of ATSE's new Action Statement to promote Australian industry to engage more in...
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