Queensland Innovation Places Strategy

Government, industry and the community working together to grow and develop Queensland’s innovation places.

Innovation places are critical to bring government, research and industry closer together, to attract talent and capital and to deliver new business, new jobs and export opportunities.

Queensland is uniquely positioned to build on our past efforts and harness our existing strengths. By capitalising on emerging and future opportunities, we can accelerate and grow our innovation places to create new economy jobs and economic recovery opportunities.

As part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery, the government is looking for opportunities to grow our state’s innovation places.

We want to build and enhance opportunities and partnerships across industry, businesses, universities, startups, investors and other stakeholders.

We want to encourage coordinated and collaborative partnerships and approaches to growing our innovation ecosystem and places, and with them, the new jobs and businesses that will secure our economic recovery, future resilience and growth.

Our vision

Our vision is to create:

A highly connected, engaged and collaborative system of innovation places, that brings together our economic strengths, assets and people to generate world-leading products, services, and businesses that deliver long-term economic growth and jobs for Queensland.

To support this vision, Advance Queensland are leading the development of the 10-year Queensland Innovation Places Strategy. We know our innovation places provide significant opportunity now and even greater potential for the future, but how do we get there?

Consultation has now closed

A discussion paper (PDF 8.9MB) seeking views and input about how government, industry and the community can work together to grow and develop Queensland’s innovation places was released on 8 October 2021 and closed on 26 November 2021.

During this time we invited feedback from interested organisations and individuals about the issues and opportunities outlined in the discussion paper (PDF 8.9MB).

The discussion paper was promoted on the Advance Queensland, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and ‘Get Involved’ websites, through the Advance Queensland and stakeholder social media channels, newsletters and at meetings with industry stakeholders. The ‘Get Involved’ website received more than 4,000 page views, indicating a high level of interest.

During the consultation period, the team engaged with more than 200 different organisations and stakeholder groups, and almost 60 written submissions were received.

Stakeholder workshops were also held in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Townsville during the week of 29 November 2021, with 150 stakeholders participating. 

Preliminary consultation findings

Some of the key issues identified through the consultation process to date include:

  • The need for a coordinated approach to support innovation places, particularly in supporting collective and individual leadership and vision for innovation places across Queensland, including supporting strategy, organisation and governance arrangements.
  • The challenge and opportunity to harness innovation places’ strengths and capabilities to accelerate the translation and commercialisation of research to deliver new products, services and/or other public benefits.
  • The need to plan, coordinate and support catalytic infrastructure and investment to develop precincts, places and platforms.

Next steps

Thank you to all stakeholders who have made submissions, attended a workshop and provided input to date.

We are currently undertaking a targeted stakeholder engagement phase as issues are considered, and ideas and actions for potential inclusion in the strategy are assessed and refined ahead of the strategy’s release in mid-2022.

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If you have any questions about the Queensland Innovation Places Strategy, please email innovationplaces@dtis.qld.gov.au