Report highlights economic advantages of automation
The Staying ahead of the game report, prepared by AlphaBeta, looks to understand the positive impact new technology could bring to the local sector.
The findings were released this week by Industry Growth Centres METS Ignited and NERA (National Energy Resources Australia).
“There is a real and immediate opportunity. Australia has the right foundation and experience to create a highly competitive resources technology ecosystem, contributing more jobs and growth to our economy,” METS Ignited chief executive officer Adrian Beer said.
“As an industry, we must focus on having the right framework in place to realise this vision: actively upskilling our workforce for their future roles; strengthening collaboration among industry, government and education providers; investing more in commercially-orientated research and development”.
Automation has been in the sector for some time, however the next wave of growth will come from the widespread adoption of Industry 4.0 technology.
NERA chief executive officer Miranda Taylor said the report findings indicated a critical opportunity for Australia’s resources industries to take the actions needed to translate automation and robotic technologies into real employment and productivity advantages.
“As part of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative, we have a mandate to ensure Australian industry adapts to rapidly changing technology and emerging workforce trends,” she said.
“This report demonstrates the transformative effects that new technologies have and will continue to exert across industry supply networks and the enormous benefits that flow from supporting and integrating innovation.
“Just as importantly, it also highlights the very real consequences at a national level, if we fail to, or are too slow in harnessing the value that new technologies present us.”
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