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Industry Growth Centres to help build Australia’s global links

10 Mar 2015

The Australian Government is moving ahead with its A$188.5 million Industry Growth Centre initiative, announcing the appointment of a panel of highly-experienced and internationally regarded business identities who will link the Australian and global business communities.

Last year the Government announced it will set up five Industry Growth Centres as part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

The Centres will be led by industry and help it to exploit new global markets and supply chains, invent and commercialise new products and services, and generate new jobs.

Last month Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane named the Chairs for three of the Industry Growth Centres, as well as an independent Advisory Committee.

’Australia is well served by a strong business community with business men and women who have both the experience and the international reputation to guide Australian industry into a new era of opportunity based on our areas of competitive strength,’ Mr Macfarlane said.

The Growth Centre Chairs are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing - Andrew Stevens, former Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand.
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services - Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair of Austmine, the peak industry body in the METS sector.
  • Food and Agribusiness - Peter Schutz, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the food industry and is currently Chair of Food Innovation Australia Limited.

’These Chairs will work with their sectors to develop a proposal for their respective Growth Centres,’ Mr MacFarlane said.

‘I expect these three Growth Centres will be up and running by the middle of this year,’ he added.

The four Advisory Committee members are: John Grill, Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of engineering company WorleyParsons; Catherine Livingstone, Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited and President of the Business Council of Australia; Carolyn Hewson, who has over 30 years’ experience in the finance sector; and Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company.

The Government is also planning to set up Growth Centres for the oil, gas and energy resources sector, and for the medical technologies and pharmaceuticals sector.

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