Working paper quantifies Australia's returns to innovation
Investment in innovation is a key driver of Australia's economic growth and prosperity. Innovation also cultivates new ways of thinking, promotes technological development and helps us solve the biggest challenges facing society.
However, despite these benefits, attracting investment in innovation in Australia remains a challenge. The latest ABS figures show that business expenditure on R&D is half the OECD average and the lowest it has been since 2003, while government expenditure is the lowest since 2005.
CSIRO's latest working paper 'Quantifying Australia's returns to innovation' finds that for every dollar invested in Australia, there is a $3.5 return on investment and a 10 per cent average annual return.
Moreover, the returns are expected to be even higher when the broader societal and environmental benefits are incorporated and are higher than typical returns from private investment.
Quantifying the return on this investment is key to demonstrating how investment in innovation drives economic growth and to attracting continued investment in innovation moving forward.
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- CSIRO returns to innovation working paper PDF (1 MB)
- CSIRO returns to innovation working paper - accessible text version TXT (164 KB)
This working paper was developed in close consultation with government and academic stakeholders.